Need a Polynesian food fix? Pacific Seas Restaurant

Some people are addicted to cocaine, crack, marijuana or prescription drugs. Others just can’t kick nicotine or a keep themselves from hitting the bottle…hard. Me? I’m addicted to food and lot’s of it.

For example, if you put a pot of lu pulu in front of me with a side of talo (taro) or manioke (tapioca or cassava root) and I’ll eat all of the pots contents and then lick it clean. Sort of like kids licking the bowl after mom has mixed a cake.

For those new to the term lu pulu it is simply a Polynesian dish popularized by Tongans (and known in Samoa as palusami) in which taro or spinach leaves are cooked in a generous serving of coconut cream with a dash of salt and a heaping pile of cubed salted beef. Mix it all together, serve it hot and you’ll have a very happy Polynesian at your table.

My brother Eddie and I visited Pacific Seas Restaurant yesterday and I have to say that every time I go there I walk away satisfied with a mental reminder to go back as soon as my waistline will permit.

Located at 1151 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Pacific Seas cooks up a variety of Polynesian fare that you would normally find at Sunday dinner at mom’s house or for that matter, any Polynesian house in the Salt Lake Valley.

Primarily a take-out restaurant, you also have the option of dining in. Because it sits in an industrial area you’re not going to find tiki torches leading up to the door or faux thatched roofs, grass skirts and plastic lei’s hanging from the ceiling or on the walls of the place. There is no trace of Polynesian music to aid (or hinder) the digestion of your food and to be honest, there is not much by way of atmosphere. But what you will find at Pacific Seas is a friendly cooking staff and excellent food.

If you’re new to ‘authentic‘ Polynesian food (no they don’t serve teriyaki beef, mac salad and katsu chicken) than I suggest you start slow and work your way up to the hardcore artery clogging stuff of legend. The menu changes slightly from day-to-day but your typical offerings are lu pulu; sipi (lamb) with steamed vegetables in a yellow curry sauce; sweet and sour sipi; chop suey; and New Zealand sausage. You also have your choice of talo, manioke or rice. They also have a selection of soft drinks, water or otai (a fruit drink with apple and mango shavings) that is a meal in itself. Oh and the portions are VERY generous.

I highly recommend Pacific Seas simply because the food is tasty and you’re never going to complain that you didn’t get enough to eat.

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7 Responses to Need a Polynesian food fix? Pacific Seas Restaurant

  1. Bob Walker says:

    I’m a Palangi who served an LDS mission in New Zealand, primarily among the Polynesian communities. I learned to love the people and food of Polynesia. In the 30 years I’ve been back this is the very first commercial Polynesian restaurant I’ve found that is truly authentic “what Mom cooks” food. I work within a couple of miles of Polynesian Seas, so they are close enough to eat lunch there frequently. The $10 price tag slows me down to just a couple of times per month, but I always waddle away knowing I’ve had more than my money’s worth of food.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This restaurant is true to there ‘roots’! It’s all polynesian…good eats…good people…and good times!!! Not much to say regarding the decor, but it’s ALL about the FOOD! You won’t be disappointed – just the way Mom made it! It will bring back memories… However, if you’re new to this cuisine you will be impressed by the flavors. Got to try it! It should be on everyone’s bucket list!

  3. Anamarie Havea says:

    Wow, okay. First off, I am Abby’s sister in law. My husband and Sam are brothers. Here’s my story. My mom comes home tonight and asks me to go online and google Pacific Seas. Low and behold I find this blog entry and another review. Thank you so much for you kind words. My mom, owner of Pacific Seas, would like you to come and redeem your FREE plate and otai! Thank you for your love and support and this blog entry! Please email me at alavulo@gmail.com. Alofa ia te oe!

    • Seti Matua says:

      Thank you SO much Anamarie for your kind note. I try to tell as many people as possible about Pacific Seas because you guys do a wonderful job and I love the service with a smile every time I visit. I’m hoping to stop in again real soon. Ofa lahi atu!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Seti, Thank you for this blog! My mom couldn’t believe it when I read it to her. So the next time you do make your way to salt lake, please let us know. Lunch/dinner is on us! Ofa Atu, take care and have a blessed week!

  5. It’s really an honor to become subjected to thoughtful and unbiased writing like this. The author is clearly educated and balanced in my humble viewpoint.

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