We were attracted to the Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant by a rustic sign at the front roadside, attached to a Palm Tree advertising "The Best Sea Food Platter in Raro" for two only NZ$70.00.The Restaurant was set well back from the road and at first glimpse looked just like a private residence but we decided to investigate. The Restaurant was surprisingly large inside, decked out like the inside of a old sailing ship. Decorations of old ship paraphernalia, nets, anchors, old black and white pictures of Rarotonga and recent fishing pictures.
The Restaurant was decorated with thousands of Black Pearl Shells attached to the large dark exposes beams. The Restaurant was divided up into a number of dining areas, ensuring an intimate experience and the area was lighted by old ships lanterns. The sea food platter arrived and was very generous, served in a three tier platter filled to the brim. The waitress explained the contents of the platter, ensured our glasses were filled and left us to enjoy ourselves. This Restaurant was not overly busy but we saw the potential. The platter may not have been the best that we had ever had, being 80% deep fried, but the ambience definitely made a lasting impression on us and the staff were very friendly and attentive. Definitely, an experience we would recommend.
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