Given the high costs of food, transportation, and power, Cafe Tupuna does a remarkable job in providing high quality meals in an intimate setting for a reasonable price on Aitutaki. Found without difficulty on our moped, we were well received despite not having reservations and enjoyed one 3 course meal and a la carte entree, with beverages for $80 NZD.
We thoroughly enjoyed watching the Head Chef and her entourage create in their professional kitchen, and the server was prompt and professional. Cafe Tupuna's is in a garden setting with a sand floor. Bugs are to expected, especially given the rain showers after an extensive drought. Although mosquito coils are a-glow, we still recommend a few squirts of bug spray.
Thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience and we regret not returning for a 2nd meal.