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La Kaleta, Hanga Roa, Easter Island

I arrived on Easter Island at around 6am. The tour folk picked me up and settled me into my hotel. After having some breakfast and unpacking at the hotel, I set out on a 3 hour walk around the town of Hanga Roa. By the time I got to the town, it was around 11:40 am so I decided to locate a local eatery and have some lunch.

I didn’t know what kind of food dare was available on the island. As I walked amongst the restaurants in town, I noted that the food wasn’t at all that exotic. Seafood, Beef, Chicken… cooked in the typical manners. I would say that the food is more South American rather than Polynesian.

Confused by my choices I reached the end of a wharf and decided to try the restaurant at the end, La Kaleta

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What appealed to me of course was its location. Note the tables and their view of the sea and the reef.

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When I got there, there were only a few other patrons aside from myself with only 1/3 of the available tables occupied. I chose table with an awesome view.

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I could have just sat there and enjoyed the sound of the waves and the cool breeze.

But alas, I was there to eat.

The menu was interesting. A lot of seafood choices and selections of Ceviche. I decided to ask the waiter for what he recommended. Straight away, he suggested a roated tuna with mashed sweet potato in a pineapple sauce…. and so I went with that.

He brought out some bread an an interesting spread. He described it Spanish, so I wasn’t sure what it was. I think he said the word Mayonnaise somewhere there. Anyway… the spread was awesome.

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Then came my main course.

It was a thick over-an-inch thick slab of tuna, cooked “medium well” with a pinkish middle.

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The cut was quite generous. Pinoys are used to tuna from either the head, belly, or tail. I am sure this part was from neither of the parts mentioned.

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The tuna was seasoned well with great flavors. The mashed sweet potato was also interesting… though I am not a fan of sweet potato.

There… my first meal on the island. It was actually a sign of the interesting food I would have for the next few days on Easter Island.