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Tauono's

Amuri, Cook Islands
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Ranked #3 of 13 Restaurants in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Pacific Rim
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
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English first
Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Great little garden setting to eat a very tasty home cooked meal. Perfect lunch spot with a very friendly and knowledgeable host.

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Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Went there on a Friday afternoon for lunch. They are only open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There are about 5 picnic tables set up in a garden. Sonja makes her food with items grown in the extensive garden she has on the property. You are basically sitting among the foods she is preparing for you. She said that the cyclone... More

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It is really hard to capture the feel of this place in words, it has an unassuming little sign out the front, and the quaintest little seating arrangements in the garden. We were just popping in for a snack, but we had underestimated the place, as it offered amazing meals. It cost more than I expected, but when we saw... More

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Oslo, Norway
Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We visited Tauono's several times to buy fruits and vegetables. We got great tomatos, egg plants, star fruit and roasted coconut. The quality is top notch. Everything tasted delicious. Prices are also very reasonable. Often we found fruits or vegetables here that we couldn't get in the shops on the island.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Sonya is the owner, and she can really cook! She's Austrian by birth, but has gone native, and her teas and lunches are not to be missed. She grows her own fruit and vegetables and her fish plates, fresh tropical juices and homemade ice cream will put a smile on your face. She is gregarious and knowledgeable. She also sells... More

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El Segundo, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Tauono's is a great little café and organic fruit market. The café is only open from noon to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We were a bit early for lunch and Sonja let us walk through her property to the beach. It was very pretty and a great way to pass the time until lunch was ready. The... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

We recently spent a week on Aitutaki, and were encouraged to try Tauono's. Everything was delicious, and the service was great. We had an opportunity to meet Sonja, who was extremely charming. We also purchased her book, "Sonja's Kitchen". The cookbook has many of Sonja's great island recipes, as well as information about local fruits and vegetables used in her... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Visited Aitutaki in November for the second time in the last four years. Each time we enjoyed visiting Tauono's Garden Cafe. Tried delicious Sonja's kuru (bread tree) lasagna. You might find that the place has a very basic facilities, but this is fully compensated with Sonja's hospitality and superb meals she is preparing for visitors. We also bought and enjoyed... More

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Noosa, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

I love lasagne, but I have a wheat and dairy intolerance. Whilst staying on Aitutaki, I visited Tauono's garden cafe and had one of the best meals I have ever tasted. Sonja, who grows her own organic fruit and vegetables, makes a variety of delightful, incredibly healthy and absolutely delicious meals for lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The deserts... More

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London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

This place has had a long ride based on that Lonely Planet listing. The prices have crept ever upwards, I don't care how 'remote' Aitutaki is, the owner of this place knows exactly what he is up to. The food is totally average, and heavily marketed on the fact some of the produce is grown locally on site. The service...... More

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