The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - 108
Other favorites from the menu include
the gargantuan eggrolls - fist-thick fried
wrappers filled with cabbage and pork
- and the fried Crispy Duck.
Fiji Island embodies a
vintage Polynesian vibe
with its palm trees and tiki
other proprietary seasonings and broiled to perfect doneness. When ordered medium-rare, it arrives with just
the perfect amount of red-pink in the center, something
I wasn't sure would be a done deal considering that
Fiji Island isn't a steakhouse. But maybe it ought to be
known as one because that steak was one of the better
I've eaten in Roanoke. Served with mixed vegetables
and rice (everything on the menu is served with rice),
the steak isn't for the light eater, but it is a fantastic deal
ringing in under $20.
Other favorites from the menu include the gargantuan eggrolls - fist-thick fried wrappers filled with cabbage and pork - and the fried Crispy Duck. Although
the duck could use a little vegetable accompaniment,
each order serves up half a bird with more than enough
tender meat to enjoy, and the crunchy skin is what really makes the dish shine. Either dip each bite in the
sweet plum duck sauce or eat it plain - either way, it's
a solid entrée if you're interested in something other
than seafood or beef.
More than anything, though, the drinks are why I
visit Fiji Island. Smack dab in the middle of my home
bar is a copy of Trader Vic's Bartender's Guide and I'd
like to think that I know a thing or two about crafting
We are a S.O.L.E.
E ND L E SS AW E .
Best Chef, Best Overall Staff, Most Creative Menu plus
numerous others in ROANOKER Magazine Dining 2013 Awards
CELEBRATING SIX YEARS OF
- Best Downtown Restaurant
- Best Pre-Performance Dinners
- 2011 Roanoker Magazine
Urbanspoon: "This is a farm to table menu so everything
is organic, fresh and from their own garden or local farms."
1314 Grandin Road Roanoke, VA 24015
540.206.2610 * localrootsrestaurant.com
108 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014
309 MARKET STREET
D OW N TOW N ROA N O K E
5 4 0 - 9 0 4 - 2 3 5 0 / TA BL E 5 0 ROA N O K E . C O M