The Fruitarian Restaurant: A Decadent Fantasy on Rarotonga, The Cook Islands

by on June 17, 2013


A friend of mine just came back from a trip to an exotic island in the Pacific called Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and was raving about this “amazing” restaurant he had discovered there.

It’s called “The Frutarian”, and truly, it’s the most amazing place I have ever heard of. Apparently the owners have been raw for over 20 years, and have decided to open this place in this remote island, and in spite of all expectations, it’s doing great!

Beach on Rarotonga - by Veronica Grace

I was a little curious because I have yet to find a restaurant that truly blew me away with the type of cuisine I enjoy on a regular basis: low fat raw vegan. Every vegetarian restaurant, let alone raw food restaurant I’ve been to featured the same staples of fatty salads and or nuts as the base of every dish.

So my friend went on describing this place as the new “it” restaurant in the Pacific, it was drawing in lots of tourists among vegetarians, raw foodists and other various health seekers.

It had a breathtaking view of the ocean and an open air sitting room for about 25 people, they were open from 8-5pm and always had a steady flow of satiated patrons. “What did you order there that was so amazing?” I asked my friend. “Fruit and salad!” He exclaimed. I raised my eyebrow in curiosity and he went to elaborate.

Sunset on Rarotonga - by Veronica Grace

Apparently this place had combined all the great things about a juice bar, a smoothie bar, a salad bar and a sit down restaurant and rolled it all into one. He pulled out a To Go menu from his pocket to satisfy my skepticism. I transcribed it for you below:

Breakfast:

All-You-Can-Eat Mono Fruit Plate (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple or watermelon) $10.99
Sunrise Pudding (blend of sweet papaya and bananas garnished with chopped fruit) $7.99
Green Goddess Smoothie (bananas, fresh lettuce) Regular $5.99 Large $7.99
Wake Me Up Mango Smoothie (fresh orange juice, mangos) $5.99 Large $7.99
Going Bananas Smoothie (3 kinds of bananas) $5.99 Large $7.99
Vitality Vegetable Juice (tomato, cucumber, celery, lettuce, carrot, beet) $6.99 Large $8.99

Lunch/Dinner:

All-You-Can-Eat Mono Meal Fruit Plate (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple or watermelon) $10.99
Banana Sandwiches (bunch of bananas served with fresh lettuce) $6.99
Guacamole Wrap (avocado, cherry tomatoes, and lime served with fresh lettuce) $8.99
Veggie Wraps (shredded carrot, cucumber, beet, zuchinni served with avocado and lettuce) $7.99
Island Tacos (guacamole and salsa served with lettuce and cabbage leaves) $9.99
Going Greek Salad (cucumber, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and Greek dressing) $7.99
Mango Love Salad (mangos and sweet oranges on spinach leaves) 8.99
Super Size Me Salad Style (build your own: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, green onions, red onions, sprouts, snap peas, celery, heart of palm, fresh herbs, apple, raisins, mango) Reg. $10.99 Sumo Size $15.99
Fresh dressings: light guac, sundried tomato, Greek, summer dill, mangolicious, Reg. $1.99 Large $2.99

Appetizers:

Gigantic Fruit Plate *serves 3-4 (banana, mango, papaya, pineapple, apple, kiwi) $15.99
Skewer Me Fruity (pineapple, mango, papaya fruit skewers) $9.99
Mini Pizzas (zuchinini rounds topped with sundried tomato sauce and cherry tomatoes) $8.99
Little Dippers (celery, cucumber and zucchini dippers served with guacamole and salsa) $9.99

Juices:

Fresh Green Coconut $3.99
Pressed Cane Juice $4.99
Orange Juice $4.99 Lg. $6.99
Apple Juice $4.99 Lg. $6.99
Watermelon Juice $3.99 Lg. $5.99
Vitality Vegetable Juice $6.99 Lg. $8.99
Build Your Own Juice $6.99 Lg. $8.99

Smoothies:
Reg. $5.99 Lg. $7.99

Going Bananas Smoothie (3 kinds of bananas)
Wake Me Up Mango Smoothie (mango, orange juice)
Green Goddess Smoothie (banana, lettuce)
Banana Loves Papaya (banana, papaya)
Island Love (coconut water, pineapple, passionfruit)
Workout Buster (coconut water, banana, celery, lettuce)
Green and Lovin’ It (Coconut water, kiwi, dates)
Build Your Own Smoothie

Desserts:

Coconut Cream (Coconut water, jelly and dates) $5.99
Banana Icecream (frozen bananas and vanilla made into softserve) $4.99
Glazed Fruit (fruit plate glazed with date sauce) $6.99
Fresh Dates (seasonal) $6.99

Rocks on Rarotonga by Veronica Grace

This menu looks amazing, I thought. It has everything that a raw food restaurant is missing, fruit and healthy low fat recipes. I couldn’t wait to check out this place and try it for myself. I asked my friend, do you know who owns this place? He flipped over the back of the menu and showed it to me. It read, “Owned and Operated by Veronica Grace”.

Sadly, I woke up at just that moment and realized that this amazing place was purely a figment of my imagination. Yet it had seemed so real. I could actually picture this place existing from the description I was given and this menu flowed out of me with some items I’ve never even made before! It got me thinking though, wouldn’t it be nice if someone somewhere had the same dream as me and was looking for a fresh new edge on the raw restaurant scene?

Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga by Veronica Grace

Maybe one day… but hey until then feel free to reference this imaginary menu to get creative in your kitchen and try some amazingly tasty low fat raw vegan cuisine! You’d be surprised how great your food can taste with only a few ingredients and some simple tools like a mandolin and blender.

This is the menu I dream of and have yet to see anywhere in the Raw Food World!

I actually have visited Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and unfortunately it was not the fruit paradise I dreamed of, but it was still gorgeous nonetheless so I’ve included some beautiful photos I took on my travels there in 2011. Hope you enjoy my menu suggestions and my island shots!

Muri Lagoon, Rarotonga by Veronica Grace

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nina September 30, 2016 at 4:31 AM

I have just returned from Rarotonga and was reading this completely gutted I couldn’t find it while I was there -! Ha ha good one Veronica :-p Yes your menu and vision is just what I was thinking and what this gorgeous and love-vibration filled island needs. Raro would be so perfect for – coconuts and tropical fruit everywhere. I asked locals if there was a raw vegan cafe and No.. I made it happen myself in the kitchen instead as you do… Good to find your page 🙂 Nina

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2 Chantal Leah Slome January 28, 2016 at 8:20 AM

I was literally about to book flights to this place.

I would love for this place to exist. I am not sure if I could do this in London though. Fruit is a little pricey and not always in season so the mangoes would have to be an optional thing.

Where are you from?

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3 Erin May 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I am a Low Fat Raw Vegan and this would be amazing!!! I love the idea of starting a Raw Vegan restaurant and especially one that isn’t packed with salt and fat. I feel like this would be really great for people on vacation who don’t have a blender to make smoothies or that just want to go out to eat.

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4 Kat April 14, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Hi Veronica,
I loved that you shared your vision with us! I’m an entrepreneur who owns two skin care companies and I’m here to tell you that all you need is a vision and your passion. Take that jump and you’ll learn what you need to learn along the way. I’m excited to see you manifest your dream and (soon) bring it to life!

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5 Eva January 8, 2014 at 3:19 AM

I was nodding my head in agreement with what a great restaurant this is! Have you thought about experimenting with a pop-up restaurant?

Veronica, this is my first visit to your site, but not my last. :}

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6 Natalie November 8, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I’m with the others, lucky I read to the end, before booking a flight. I was SOOOOOO excited!!!
Maybe you should open a restaurant just like it!!!
I’d be there for a holiday, and may end up staying 😉

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7 Francoise July 28, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I was ready to book a flight too! Would be awesome if this place existed. Thanks anyway for the interesting read 🙂

Francoise
New Zealand

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8 Candice June 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Dang it! What a dream crusher. I was getting so excited to tell my husband of the next vacation spot we should plan for. It’s a sign – apparently your inner self is telling you to move to a tropical paradise to open this fantastic restaurant for us tourists – vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists and other various health seekers.

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9 VeganAud June 24, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I agree Candace. I was ready to book a flight also. Lol!. I guess we will just have to post theses island pictures in our individual kitchens and go on a pretend journey. Food selection is scrumptious . 🙂 think I will try the pizza! 🙂

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