Tutis Restaurant & Bar was one of the most frequently mentioned restaurants I was recommended to go to by the locals at Kaikoura. Located near to the petrol stations and New World Supermarket, and just a few minutes’ drive from the city center, Tutis is hard to miss and is easily accessible by car. The restaurant was quite fancy and expensive, although it wasn’t exactly a fine-dining experience as well. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a picture of the restaurant’s exterior in the day, so I doubt you can tell how it looks like from the picture above.) Overall, even though most dishes were delicious, I thought some were too expensive in terms of value-for-money.
We had a family dinner at The Crab Shack in Wellington on our last night at the North Island, and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the coastline especially in the evening. Even though we thought arriving at 5.30pm was early enough to guarantee us a table (it usually is), the place was packed and many people had reserved a table beforehand. Nevertheless, we thought the wait was worth it as we enjoyed most of the dishes even though its signature dish fell short of expectations. Location-wise, The Crab Shack was easily accessible, and although it was one of the numerous restaurants located on the wharf, it was easily one of the most popular as well.