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“Mud Crab to die for”
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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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 July 28, 2014

From the time we hopped on the Air New Zealand plane to the following week when we finally ate there we had heard nothing but good things about Café Tupuna and the crab in particular. We were not disappointed and the mud crab was the best we have tasted ever. Just the right balance of heat and spice with the ginger chilli combo and one crab to share between two gives you room for an entrée as well or as in our case room for dessert.
The Café is inland but easy to find and everyone knows where it is. Take your own transport or arrange for a pick-up.

Thank Stuart C
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

Who would guess that at this cosy inland restaurant there is a star chef who has such an amazing reputation that it's essential to book. Highly recommend this fabulous place for dinner. The tropical garden surrounds and raked sand floors add ambience to what was a delicious meal. Top marks for all four meals at our table.

Thank Coryl B
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

This place was really special. Fabulous atmosphere, excellent service and really delicious food. We had a mudcrab- a totally new experience for us. Staff gave helpful hints on how to devour this amazing looking creature! I was a bit daunted at first but soon got into the swing of it! It was absolutely delicious.We would definitely recommend this lovely restaurant. Very special.

Thank Nadine740
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Love going here is a great place to dine picked up and delivered home to where staying . Lovely food and people

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

The food was extremely yummy and had the most amazing flavours.
We had heard rave reviews about their famous mud crabs and were hesitant eating here as neither of us are into crabs. Instead we ordered the pork and the tuna meals and both were delicious!
The service was good and the setting was lovely.
Only the atmosphere was slightly lacking but this was solely because for the first 30 minutes we were the only patrons. This left us feeling a bit awkward being doted on and I also love people watching. As it was a public holiday I assume most people would have thought the restaurant would be closed this night as most of the other restaurants were.
Eat here even if you don't like eating crabs.

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Thank Tessa A
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