Tutaki cafe – Lower Hutt

Tutaki – https://tutaki.co.nz/

Reviewed by FiFi, February 2019

The Place:

Situated in the Lower Hutt Events Centre this modern, open planned cafe boosts ample indoor seating and plentiful outdoor seating.  There is an abundance of cabinet food to chose from, salads, soups, burgers, fish n chips etc, a kids menu, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and organic.  There are three Bene options to chose from.  The Benedict (bacon); the Florentine (with spinach) or the Montreal (with salmon).  Sides range from $1 to $4.  The atmosphere here is modern and trendy. 

The Service:

The staff were hospitable and just lovely.  Our drinks came out quite quickly and our meals followed closely behind.  

The Presentation:

I think there was quite the effort to present the dish in an appealing manner.  The slice of radish, although slightly original I think missed the mark and they looked like afterthoughts.    The food was hot and tasty but the plating seemed clumsy.  Overall, it looked nice, but not extraordinary.

  • The Montreal – overall there was nothing outstanding, however, this was a hearty, huge portioned meal that tasted wholesome and satisfying.  
  • The Eggs – the eggs were cooked to perfection, warm and runny, just dreamy.
  • The Salmon– there was a decent serving and it was smoky and flavoursome.
  • The avocado – basically there was half a large avocado and it was creamy and nutty…..mmmmm.
  • The Hashbrown – was crispy on the outside with a slight fluffiness on the inside.
  • The Hollandaise – the house-made hollandaise was thick, creamy and delectable.
  • The Muffins – were okay but nothing special.

 Would We Go Again?

Yes.  We enjoyed the great service, the extensive menu and the relaxing atmosphere.


Style: 6/10 – Classic.

Taste: 6/10 – all our meals were very satisfying.

Originality: 5/10 – these were typical bene options.

Value: 10/10 – the Benes were silly cheap really.   They were all $14 each and you really couldn’t complain at the sides that ranged from $1 to $4. 

Eggs: 7/10 – the eggs were great.

Overall score: 6/10

30c Laings Road, Lower Hutt 5010

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