Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen
Tuesday5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Wednesday5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Thursday5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Friday12:00 – 2:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Saturday12:00 – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Sunday12:00 – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm.
Aside from serving excellent food, Tuk Tuk Thai has one clear goal: to make customers feel like they’re in Thailand without even leaving Porirua. One peek inside the extravagant restaurant should convince you they do a pretty darn good job of doing just that.
Tuk Tuk Thai occupies an expansive space in the heart of central Porirua, and an immense amount of detail has been poured into the fitout, without a single inch wasted. “Touches of Thailand in every corner” was what they were going for, and there’s certainly loads of Thailand here. A striking wall of bamboo stretches up one side of the interior, naturally drawing eyes upwards and around the spacious dining area. Bamboo can also be spotted across the ceilings, in the form of light fittings, overlooking the ornate furniture beneath.
A selection of exquisite rugs lends warmth to the cool tiled floor, with plenty of greenery around the restaurant adding to the sense of freshness and life. And with an effortless flow to the outdoor dining space, the place hums with even more activity in summer.
The food, as expected, is on point - some of the most authentic Thai you’ll find in the region. Those who have been following Tuk Tuk from the start will be familiar with the menu, which harks back the establishment’s food truck origins. The pad thai and green curry remain crowd favourites, continuing to hold their own alongside the expanded offerings. If you’re wanting to branch out, the massaman lamb shank curry is known to receive a lot of plaudits.
A true institution in Porirua, Tuk Tuk Thai is certainly more than a place for a good meal. The team says they’re out to educate their customers through the medium of food, taking them on a flavoursome journey to Thailand. It’s a lesson you won’t want to skip.
Words by John Son & Photography by Anna Briggs
Near Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen
Te Rauparaha Arena
17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Te Rauparaha Arena is the space to come when you feel like moving your body.
Porirua City Centre
Meredith and James make an effort to keep things feeling good at The Settlement, and the fortnightly scone gathering for all residents means networking happens naturally here.
The Little Goat + La Cabrita
Cobham Court, Porirua
Once a travelling food truck, The Little Goat is now set firmly in its little spot, serving delicious fare based on Mediterranean recipes.
1C Hagley Street, Porirua City Centre, Porirua
There’s something special about eating at a place that serves up as much kindness as it does kai, and Filo certainly champions both.