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Ima Cuisine

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53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 5252
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07:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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Brandon, Canada
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227 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant has what they are about down. A set selection of vegetarian sides accompany your choice of main course. The seasoning is spot on. We opted for the fish of the day, stuffed with veg and served whole and semi-boneless. First rate, fresh snapper. Highly recommended. Good basic wine list at fair prices.

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Thank bluesonwhyte
Denver, Colorado
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165 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I was staying around the corner from Ima Cuisine and stopped in for breakfast. I had the Shakshuka and it was hearty, delicious, with a touch of spice in the sauce. Friendly staff and nice comfortable ambiance.

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Thank ColoradoHighlander
Auckland, New Zealand
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is so ace. The food is to die for the staff are perfection and it's like a big warm blanket of love wrapping you up and giving you a hug. I have been working my way through the dinner menu and there isn't anything I've had that I wouldn't try again (and again). We came with friends returned... More 

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Thank RinTInSim
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great atmosphere in this cafe. Staff were very friendly, welcoming and enthusiastic. So much to chose from on the menu. Food was excellent. Best hot chocolate's!

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Thank Amy P
Bay of Plenty
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65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visitor to Auckland and got taken for business lunch. Had a tun nicoise salad - with seared tuna loin. Really delicious. Went back next morning for break and had an unusual pancake with green chilli sauce and laban. Really different and tasty. Great service. Would go again to sample more.

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Thank latabi
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My friends and I went last Friday and we enjoyed it so much, we went back the very next night! What can I say? Everything was perfect. The relaxed and informal atmosphere was supported by superior and friendly customer service and the most amazing food! I seriously can't believe how good the salads are - and that chicken? OMG. The... More 

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Thank MananaCake
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a girls weekend and ended up here twice for dinner, food was so good! Didn't blink an eye at catering for gluten free and vegan. So cheap for such high quality tasty food! Staff were even better, played along with our drunken selves. Avigail (sorry for spelling) was so much fun. Second night they were full but found us... More 

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Thank Dani A
Hamilton, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this restaurant before going to a show. They have a set sides menu and you choose your proteins to go with. We let them know we were on a time restriction and the food arrived very promotely. It was very good. Packed with flavour and variety. The sabik?was delicious,as was the lamb. Easy to find on fort st. Highly... More 

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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94 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Had a great brunch here. Very traditional food that tastes fantastic, while being healthy. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back to try dinner !

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Thank Justen78
Auckland
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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have eaten at IMA 3 times this year - twice with family groups or overseas visitors (6 of us eating together) and the third time we selected it for our company annual dinner (60 of us). If you like fresh food with lots of vegetables and interesting side dishes, rich flavours (but not spicy hot), and a selection of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Arabic, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 5252
Description
Middle Eastern inspired breakfast, lunch and a family-style sharing dinner. Cooking has always been the focus of my life, I've been a cook since my early teens. However when I left Israel to study in the UK, it really dawned on me just how important good food is - how great food can lift your spirit and make you happy, and bad food can bring you down. I came to NZ from Israel in late 1997 with two little girls and pregnant with the third. The food I love was very hard to find and I missed it terribly, and so I opened the Lunch Box. Ima is my second venture in Auckland. Ima (pronounced EE-Mah) means mother in Hebrew. My food is simple, honest, healthy and nurturing, like mum's food (providing she is a great cook). At Ima the atmosphere is warm and casual. At Ima the atmosphere is warm and casual, we hope our guests feel immediately comfortable and at home. We invite you to enjoy our food - made with love and the finest ingredients - we know it will make you happy! - Yael Shochat, Owner

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