An exciting new bistro and café has opened at Auckland Museum. The Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café offers a new sit-down dining experience with a full bistro menu.
The name Tuitui has been gifted to the brand-new bistro and café and means to ‘bind together’, drawing inspiration from the literal translation of the te Reo Māori word tuitui, meaning to lace, sew or bind. As hospitality provides a space for everyone to come together, the location of Tuitui in the South Atrium Te Ao Mārama is a place for visitors to enjoy the manaakitanga that makes Tāmaki Paenga Hira unique.
Dr David Gaimster, Chief Executive, Auckland War Memorial Museum says “In response to visitor feedback, our building transformation means we will now be able to achieve our ambition of offering the choice of seated dining with a full bistro menu. Our new Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café in the Museum’s revitalised South Atrium Te Ao Mārama has been developed in collaboration with an experienced Kiwi restaurateur to blend dining and cultural experiences, so enhancing the Museum visit.”
The Kiwiana inspired menu, showcases native ingredients and influences from Aotearoa and features ‘comfort food’ dishes with contemporary New Zealand twists: The classic South Island cheese roll on Tuitui’s menu includes bechamel sauce made using ‘Kiwi dip’. Tuitui’s menu offers classic dishes such as fish and chips, mussels, and roast lamb through to creative twists on traditional menu items. For example, ‘The Kiwi High Tea’ includes the iconic the lolly cake, snapper pate, lamingtons and Southland cheese roll, and duck fat skins with parmesan, truffle oil & the forementioned Kiwi dip.
Fully licensed, the bistro boasts a wine bar with an extensive list of largely NZ wines, and exclusively stocks McLeod’s Beer, a premiere independent New Zealand craft brewery, including a special release cloudy IPA.
A destination in its own right, Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café has been stunningly designed with references to the iconic 1929 building and its later 1960 addition.