It is situated in the old Banana Court, a spot that owner Rohan Ellis had been eyeing up for “quite some time”.
“We have a lot of local businesses and businesspeople close by,” says Ellis. “I wanted to provide a space where they can come after work, have a few drinks and enjoy some great food in the sunshine.”
The prime location offers ease and convenience for hungry workers looking for a healthy meal on the go, as well as a relaxing atmosphere for those wanting to stay longer.
“I wanted it to be a place to be and be seen at,” says Ellis. “It’s all about location, location, location.”
Ellis says the idea of opening a Mexican restaurant in Rarotonga came to him during his travels to South America. The bistro is a result of his “immense love of Mexican food”.
Having been open for almost two weeks now, Margaritas’ popularity is continuing to increase. They have even started offering coffee in the morning for local workers and the odd passer-by.
Head chef Sabon is 46 and a self-confessed “international food lover”.
Her menu is still “evolving”, but it already includes delicacies such as tuna tacos, prime beef steak strips and chimichurri sauce tacos, as well as island-style braised pork with coconut honey tacos.
The chicken tacos are particularly exceptional, with a smoky flavour throughout.
All of the other staple Mexican dishes you would expect to be available are also on the menu, including nachos and chilli con carne. Ellis says the most popular dishes are the nachos and the fish tacos.
The fish at Margaritas is fresh daily, with three fishermen providing an exclusive supply to the bistro.
A healthy serving of sour cream and guacamole is offered with almost every dish. The corn chips are house-made and packed full of flavour. The service is extremely attentive and every customer is greeted with a wide smile. There is a wide range of beverages on offer, from tequila to local beer – and of course, plenty of margaritas.
“I want it to be margaritas galore in here!” laughs Ellis.
The site is open and bright, with plenty of indoor and outdoor dining options.
Renovations are currently ongoing and there is a possible “cigar or shisha lounge” on the cards.
Overall, Margaritas is already a success. The location is great and everything else follows suit. There is something for almost everyone on the menu, which is set to improve.