If you ever are fortunate enough to find yourself a little hungry on the small island of Aitutaki during lunch hours on a week day, don't miss the opportunity to drop in on Tauono and his organic garden cafe.
It's a gorgeous setting that shows off the lush, fertile paradise of Aitutaki perfectly. Flowers bloom on every bush.
Wander the aisles of his garden and look at the crops while your lunch is prepared. I was amazed at the variety of plants he had growing. Every vine, tree and plant was bearing fruit...
Everywhere you look there is bright colour and lush, lush green. It makes you wonder if the Cook Islanders have as many words for green as the Eskimos have for white.
The setting you dine in has a roof held up by growing trees, it is picturesque in the extreme. Fruits of the garden sit in a coconut shell as the only decoration - with a place this beautiful who needs more?
When his 'Botanicals Omelette' arrives it will blow your mind. So fat and full of pumpkin flowers and garden herbs, it is the freshest omelette I have tried. It cost NZ$18 on the day I tried it, and it was worth every penny. The salad vegetables seem to be more intensely flavoured than our Australian offerings, it's like uber-capsicum and uber-cucumber.
Like many restaurants here, it is part of Tauono's home that you are welcomed into to dine. Thank you Tauono for a wonderful meal.
Aitutaki, The Cook Islands
Ph: 31 562