About Café O

At Café O, named after Cherie Oyagawa, we stay true to the ideals of home cooking. We source only the best, preferably local, ingredients; avoid anything pre-packaged and make as much of our food as possible in-house. Our philosophy is simple: eat, drink, relax, enjoy! Visit us and share the unalloyed pleasure of eating great food with family, friends or colleagues.

Cherie’s story

My love of food stems from growing up in Suva, Fiji. Honestly, with its Pacific, Indian, Chinese and European-influenced tropical flavours, there is nothing quite like Fijian cuisine. I still remember the delicious aromas emanating from the family kitchen during my childhood. My dad was a great cook, and both my mum and nanna excelled in baking — I spent many happy hours baking cakes and treats to hand-written recipes with mum and nanna.

In 1987, I moved to Auckland, New Zealand to complete my secondary education. Then, while gaining first-hand experience at The Hyatt Auckland and later the Centra in the food and beverage departments, I enrolled in a hospitality and catering course at Auckland Technical Institute.

In 1992, I returned to Suva, Fiji where my first job was Restaurant Manager at Leonardo’s Ristorante. In 1994, I joined Suva Travelodge as Functions and Events Co-Ordinator and later progressed to Food and Beverage Manager. My dream was always to eventually start my own café and catering business.

In 2011, my husband, Justin, and I moved to Denarau Island in Nadi and started a private boat charter business. While I played a big part in the success of that business, my real passion was food, so in late 2014, I decided the time was right to open my own café.

Café O Martintar opened for business on the 1st of April 2015, and I initially did all the baking at my home kitchen on Denarau. Due to Café O Martintar’s success, one year later, I opened a second café at The Palms on Denarau Island.

Café O Martintar offers a blackboard menu, which includes delicious home-baked cakes and smoothies. At Café O Denarau, we have progressed to a static menu that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner that has gained constant praise from our customers.

Another of my passions is wedding and event styling and catering. And, through my café and catering business, I have been fortunate to be able to indulge in this passion for many clients. To learn more about my styling work, please visit my Facebook page, My Tropical Fiji Wedding.

Finally, I acknowledge my brother John Oyagawa, a professional chef and owner of Auckland, New Zealand-based O Catering. John was instrumental in making my dream of owning my café a reality.

Cherie

Eat, drink, relax, enjoy!

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