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“Delicious Seafood”

Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 15 Restaurants in Arorangi
Price range: US$30 - US$35
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: A great quirky casual dining experience. Opened since 1979 it still has the same owners and the same name. It is a mix of eclectic and local island decor. The walls feature an array of photos of events, people and things. The ceilings are a collage of various types of posters etc. The Tumunu Garden Restaurant also features the "largest little notebook" on the island. Come visit us! A fun place for children too with a garden and "dancing laser fire flys"
Reviewed 6 July 2014

We had dinner here, and the meals were to die for. The scallop entree was simple, but delicious and the main of King Prawns, mouth watering. The staff were very friendly and chatty and able to help with our gluten free requirements. Overall a great night out.

1  Thank ClanWallace
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TAMBA1954, Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Kia orana
Welcome and thankyou for your comments. I am glad that we could assist you with your gluten free requirements. This is something that seems to becoming more common. Our girls try to please and do whatever we can to make sure our diners get what they need to enjoy their meals.
Thanks so much
Kia manuia
Terahi and the Team at Tumunu

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Reviewed 1 July 2014

This was the best setting and menu, food and service of those restaurants on Arorangi Island.
Sadly we found it on our last night there, Accommodated children easily and comfortably. They were not a distraction. Room for the 2 of them to walk around quietly and without disturbing other guests.
Price was reasonable for 4 adults and 2 children under 5. Would return without hesitation next visit regardless of where we stayed on island..

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Thank reeny_11
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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Hello, Kia orana and Thank you for your lovely comments about our Tumunu. We have had a lot of families enjoying our garden and restaurant and it does seem to be a bit of a hit with children who are into a little exploration. Hope you will visit us again one day.
Kia manuia
The Team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

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.

Thank KarenFayeSmith
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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Kia orana
Thankyou for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed our Tumunu and do apologise if the platter was not up to your standard. The only things that are deep dried are the scallops - by choice (sautéed or crumbed), calamari and the filo pastry prawns. The fish is braised in lemon butter. So I am note sure what else may have been deep fried. In any case we do always appreciate feedback as it helps us to re visit our standards in food and service. The ladies in the front I feel are absolute gems and we try to imbibe a family type of atmosphere. I do hope that if you revisit the Cooks that you will consider returning to the Tumunu once again.
Kia manuia
Julie, Terahi and the team at the Tumunu Garden Bar and Restaurant

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Good restaurant and nice atmosphere. A lovely seafood platter to be eaten and shared. Not too far from town.

Thank Vanessa T
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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Kia orana
Thanks so much for a really nice comment about our restaurant and seafood platter. We are glad you enjoyed it and hope you will visit our lovely island again one day.
Meitaki Maata (Thank you very much)
Terahi and the team at Tumunu

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Reviewed 21 May 2014 via mobile

Lovely tropical garden setting. Great entrees and mains. Staff very friendly very welcoming. Good parking area. Should not be missed

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Thank jonesysmum
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TAMBA1954, General Manager at Tumunu Tropical Garden Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice revue.
Kia manuia (happy life)
The team at Tumunu Garden Restaurant

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