Judging by the number of cameras in evidence on the terrace of the Tataku Vave, the chances of seeing eye watering sunsets from this small waterfront restaurant are well known. We went here for our final evening meal on Easter Island at the recommendation of our hotel manager. The restaurant is down a dirt road a short distance from the island airport. Neither was a problem: the restaurant sent a taxi to pick us up and sent us back to base in one, too; and there's only one scheduled plane in and out of the airport each day.
The menu was predominantly fishy. A shrimp starter came in a butter and mushroom sauce which demanded bread to soak up the final drops. We could have picked lobster or any number of raw fish concoctions for starters or mains. I found it impossible to resist the offer of Mongolian beef, however. Tender and tasty it came with pureed potato which could teach some British restaurants a thing or two. Local beers and wines were on offer. I went for the former and my wife liked a rich Cab Sauv.
Self service coffee and tea were available at the end of the meal without further charge. Portions were large and artisticly presented.
The terrace is exposed so sun oil or warmer clothing might be an idea depending on the conditions.
And to round it off the natural floor show: the sun which had been performing an unpredictable light show through the clouds broke free of them at the horizon and gave us a blazing glorious farewell to Hanga Roa.
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