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“Five star dining in the most unexpected location”
Review of Cafe Tupuna

Cafe Tupuna
Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Aitutaki
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A la-carte Casual Fine Dining. Covered but in a garden setting. Fully Licensed. Open Monday to Saturday from 6pm. Major Credit Cards accepted.
Reviewed January 10, 2013

I just have to say WOW! Tucked away in the centre of Aitutaki, Tupuna's is an absolute gem. if you ate food this good in a fine dining restaurant in any capital city you'd be impressed - so concessions are being made for Tupuna's island location.
A lot of care is clearly put into both the food and the restaurant's presentation. The plate sizes are generous and it's definitely traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Be prepared to spend at least $50 a head for an entree and main, it's pricey but definitely worth it. Also be sure to book as the restaurant is not open 7 nights.

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Thank FrankieC462
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Im sure the food is great but because we were on a budget it was too expensive for us. Also make sure to check when open as its not open every night.

Thank cmsrosa
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

We had a fantastic dining experience at Tupuna restaurant. Winton the taxi driver took us there and back for $20 from the other side of the island. Portions were plentiful and very delicious with interesting flavour combinations - which worked. We paid $180 NZ for predinner drinks, wine and starters and main courses for two people. Given the quality of food, great service and unique experience we considered this good value.

Even if the restaurant is inland you feel like you are dining in candlelit beach setting. Highly recommended.

Thank KatriinaUk
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

This was really the only really authentic meal we had. Tupuna is the proud and deservedly so chef. Worth the cab ride to the restaurant!

Thank benastor77
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Why only give 4 stars if the quality is outstanding?! The menu was certainly intriguing and showed a great flair for food. My only criticism is that the vegetarian options were very limited. Many establishments manage just a curry or pasta and after travlling for a while you do really look for somewhere with more imagination when it comes to vegetarian food. Our dollars are just as valuable as anyone elses!

Having said that, the pasta dish I did choose was absolutely outstanding! The mix of ingredients worked for me and I enjoyed one of the best meals I have had in the Cook Islands. Prices are getting 'up there' but when you look at the effort that has gone into each dish, and the generous serving size, you certainly find it ot be good value. Staff were happy and friendly and I do like restuarants with sand floors! So cool!

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Thank ovolacto_oz
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