Trader Jacks is an iconic open air bar and restaurant, located at the airport end of Ararua, beside the main boat ramp. With a great view and relaxed vibe, it’s a must visit on any trip to Rarotonga.
While waiting for the rest of our dining party, we pulled up a seat in the bar, grabbed a beverage and enjoyed the scenery. Once our guests arrived, we moved from the bar, up into the restaurant, scoring an idyllic table on the deck.
Being married to a vegetarian is a tough life for the hubby. He misses out on all the ‘shared’ dinner platters that contain meat. So, he was delighted when my uncle suggested sharing Trader Jack’s famous seafood platter ($75). Piled high with prawns, calamari, smoked marlin, the local Ika Muta dish, sashimi, crayfish, and more, the hubby was in heaven. The platter was massive, and almost beat these men, who are both big eaters.
My aunty described her chicken and mushroom pasta ($21.50) as “beautiful”. However, the noodles were wider than the fettuccine advertised on the menu.
I ordered the vegetarian pizza ($21.50). Although basic in design; capsicum, mushroom, tomato, and basil pesto, it was very tasty, and enormous in size. I only managed to consume half of the serving, and took the rest home for lunch the next day.
All in all, another lovely evening in Rarotonga. Good food, great company, fun night.
In a Nutshell: The perfect location for a cheeky afternoon beverage. Be sure to try the seafood platter.