Located on a hillside of Ngerkebesang Island on the 2nd floor of a condo is Elilai Restaurant.
Elilai is the Palau word for plumeria (frangipani). The walls were decorated with large photos of plumeria.
The view was fabulous. I love how there weren't many buildings, it made the sky seem that much bigger. In Japan, I hate it whenever we go up to a restaurant with "a view" and there are a ton of buildings with only a smidgen of sky.
We treated our tour guide to lunch here and enjoyed Red Rooster beers (the local beer).
I had their dark while Satoshi had their light (US$4 each). Our guide had iced tea (since he was driving) (free with lots of refills too).
I liked the dark beer, it was smoky, a little on the bitter side, some body. The light, on the other hand, tasted kinda peppery and watery to me.
I ordered their pad thai (US$12), this came with lots of shrimp in it. I don't eat this often, but seemed more tomato-y than anything.
We were all supposed to have salads with our meals but since the order of veggies from the distributor hadn't arrived, we were served papaya salad, apparently not a normal substitution.
Satoshi ordered their pescatora (US$14), pasta with lots of seafood in it.
Our guide chose hamburger steak (US$10), this came with a sunny side-up egg on a sizzling platter and some fries.
We were also given soup that seemed like cream of mushroom but was actually corn soup (minus the corn) and some ice cream as compensation for the hang up with the salads.
The salad had some chili in it and lots of fish sauce. Different from the papaya salad at Carp Restaurant, but still delicious.
(During our trip, I noticed that whenever something would be late coming out of the kitchen or there was some kind of hang up, many places compensated with either soup or something else).
It was a great lunch with gorgeous views and nice conversation...by the way, did you know that most people go home for lunch and have 2 to 3 hour lunches (or longer), starting from 11:30 in Palau? (cool, huh?)
2nd floor of Belvedere East, Ngerkebesang Island