Tuatua, Wellington - beef burger - 7/10
Tuatua is located in an unassuming hole in the wall (boatshed) on the waterfront under Frank Kitts Park. I have passed by it a number of times without paying it too much attention.
However, on a nice day it is difficult to ignore, and so Dawn and I stopped by for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised and have since been back several times.
This is as close to a "healthy" tasting burger as I have had. This is probably because it more closely resembles a sandwich, with a solid serving of salad leaves, and un-melted cumin cheese on a focaccia bun.
The sauces - tomato relish and garlic aioli - support the cumin cheese, which is the overriding flavour, and provide some moistness to the burger.
The pattie, nicely charred and well seasoned, is a bit on the small side. Tasty however.
All up, it combines to form a fresh, tasty burger that doesn't leave you feeling too satiated. This is probably why my wife enjoys Tuatua so much (and why I have to follow it up with a muesli bar or two when I get back to the office.
The ingredients are quality, with home made pattie and sauces, quality cheese and an artisan bun. Tuatua has several burgers on the menu, including a venison option. They also do American hotdogs and nachos.
Food comes served in a paper bag. There are a few sets of outdoor furniture that you can use. However, you would probably want to go sit on the rockwall or laze on a bench in Frank Kitts Park while watching the fitness fanatics doing "boot camp". You can feel good about yourself eating a "healthy" meal.
Unfortunately the place is exposed to the weather, and so probably struggles when it isn't sunny and windless. However, if it is a nice day this summer (without a doubt there will be many), then head on down to Tuatua. You won't be disappointed -7/10.
And when you are done, pop around the corner to Kaffee Eis for a refreshing gellato or deliciously creamy ice cream.