Mango Café Papeete Tahiti

Le Rubis Wine Bar mentioned on page 52 of Moon Tahiti has closed and the same location below Papeete's Vaima Center is now occupied by the Mango Café. White walls with mirrors and backlit curtains have replaced the dark décor of Le Rubis, and bright new furnishings have been installed. The huge glass atrium façade on rue Jeanne d'Arc is strikingly modern.

The French gourmet dishes with local ingredients served up by owner/operator Patrick Brunel are among the most original you'll find in Papeete. The menu focuses on healthy fare, tilting toward the grill. In the desserts, coconut milk substitutes for cream to reduce the dairy content. Be prepared, a three-course meal with wine will set you back around US$50 if you order carefully, but all reports to date say the food and service are well worth the money.

The Mango Café is also one of the only Papeete restaurants where smoking is not allowed at the tables (smoking is allowed at the bar). There's live music Wednesday to Saturday evenings, either background dinner music or dancing to an orchestra. The Mango Café is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, for dinner on Saturday, but closed on Sunday.

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