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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
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We were inspired to visit Tauono's after reading her inspirational book dedicated to her late husband.Dedicated to self sufficiency and recipes from local produce from their own extensive gardens we felt very priviledged to be welcomed into Tauono's Garden Restaurant an open-aired retreat in the front garden of her home.After reading her book we had great expectations of the food... More

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Although what we had was ok, I have to agree with Skin197,. I found the old palm fronds on the ground needed changing, with the prices they were charging they could have afforded to smarten up the eating place, removing the blue plastic ceiling and levelling the ground a bit for safety would be good. We had the coconut cake... More

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Cardiff by the Sea, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This was our second trip to Aitutaki and we made sure we ate here again. The dining is outdoors under shelters with a great atmosphere. The food is fresh and enhanced by the fresh produce and herbs from their garden. It was a wonderful lunch washed down by homemade lemonade. There is also a fruit stand so we stocked up... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This "cafe" is located in the front yard of a person's house, under a large tree; the structure is "hut-like" with a make shift blue plastic sheet as the roof. The sides are open and the floor consists of old coconut leaves spread over sand. To call this place "casual dinning" is an under statement. Maybe an ecclectic experience would... More

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