Where to Eat in Labuan Bajo

Just as with hotels in Labuan Bajo, the pickings are also slim for restaurants in Labuan Bajo.

There is one little gem that stands out though and it’s actually an Italian restaurant! Normally I try to eat at and recommend local cuisine and local places, but in the case of Labuan Bajo, the choice is Italian.

Mediterraneo Restaurant, Labuan Bajo

Mediterraneo Restaurant in Labuan Bajo is a big place and a very busy place.

It is right on the sea front and has magnificent views of the other islands from its terrace.

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Photo source: Mediterraneoinn.com

In fact the building itself with its high ceiling and huge rafters looks like it was once a boat shed or some kind of hangar or warehouse.

As with all restaurants and establishments in Indonesia, Mediterraneo boasts at least a million members of staff. But unlike every other restaurant in the country, the personnel here are a credit to the business and do what you expect waiters and waitresses to do. They do it when they are supposed to do it and they do it well. The staff here actually work. They have been trained.

The owner of Mediterraneo has proved that it is possible to train Indonesian waiting staff to do a good job in a restaurant. For all I know he might be the only man to have achieved it but nevertheless he has proved that it can be done.

It’s clear to any diner that Mr Mediterraneo keeps a tight rein on his staff.

The night we ate there the owner was there. We were greeted on arrival by a waiter who was doing a fine job of welcoming us and showing us to a table. But Mr Mediterraneo took over anyway, greeting us personally and making sure that we were seated. He clearly likes to know that everything is running smoothly and is under control. He clearly cares about the success of his business and the opinions of his clients.

Mediterraneo Restaurant: The Menu

The menu at Mediterraneo consists of Italian pizza, pastas and salads. They also serve meat and fish dishes. There is a specials board offering daily specials according to the market, the day’s catch and the season.

I had the swordfish fettucini from the specials menu, which had plenty of tasty fish, was a good sized portion and at 70,000rp was good value when you consider that they charge that for the majority of the pizzas.

70,000rp is probably the minimum you will pay for a main course here so you can consider that Mediterraneo is not a cheap restaurant for Indonesia. But how can it possibly be cheap when they are creating foreign food requiring many imported ingredients? That said, I didn’t think the restaurant was overly expensive either. I thought the prices were fair.

And if you are like me and don’t mind paying a little more every now and then and having a change from the nasi goreng, then you should really try this place.

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