Had a very good lunch today at this restaurant near Cal State Hayward. I believe it used to be a mediocre Indian restaurant, but the location now sports a Fijian lunch buffet. Some of the items included curried chicken livers, steamed cassava, curried lamb stew, mashed vegetable samosas, breaded fried taro, and curried chicken. Other items I don't know the names of:
- chopped pickled cabbage with diced jalapenos in an oil dressing
- kheer (sweet milk with cardamom and rosewater) using thin noodles rather than rice
- green vegetable dish, tasted like collard greens sauted in ghee.
A friend who spent a few years in Fiji accompanied us, and was quite impressed with the food ("never thought I would be glad to see cassava again"). He said it was a fairly good representation of indian Fijian food. The food was not overly greasy and there were no clunkers among the items we tasted. The owners came out with some tasty rotis midmeal and were very friendly.
Sonam's is a worthy competitor to Curry Corner down the road, both in Hayward's "Little Fiji". Curry Corner, although it is primarily a takeout place, has great food as well although there are only 2-3 seats and the hours are variable (call ahead). The woman who operates Curry Corner is very friendly and talkerative, or s a friend put it - "she's the Fijian mom I never had".
Sonam's Fiji Restaurant
24830 Mission Blvd