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Ima Cuisine

53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 5252
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Open Now
07:00 - 22:00All hours
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The salads were ok but protein is completely overpriced and underwhelming so unfortunately it's not good value for money.

Thank Ellie B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I booked this place for around 30 PhD students and was not disappointed. The food was delicious and came out fast! Customer service was really good too. Thanks Chimi!

Thank jn897212
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very expensive food for very little with flavors all a miss. The side dishes were a different type of flavor but not in a good way. The main dishes were all small for the very high price and they themselves seemed like an untested experiment....More

Thank Vernon S
Reviewed 29 November 2017

We came here on a quiet night with a large group, ordering lots of mezze and mains to share. The staff were incredibly attentive - we had a vegetarian, a vegan, and a nut allergy but they looked after us all without missing a beat....More

Thank Alexa_Melbourne
Reviewed 26 November 2017

Had our XMAS lunch here today and I will not recommend this place at all! It was very pricey for the quality/quantity of the food. My meal cost $26 for 2 shaving of steak, slices of tomato and some lettuce with mayo. No seasoning so...More

Thank lembah
Reviewed 8 November 2017

I am particularly qualified to review Ima Cuisine. I have lived in Israel now for several years. ‘Ima’ (pronounced eeh-mah) means mother. The daughter and owner is Yael Shochat (yah-ehl shoh-khat), who was born and raised in Haifa. The restaurant is relatively new and universally...More

Thank Mordy A
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Israeli family style platters of delicious fresh side vegetable salads served on platters and main meat dishes. Everything is designed to be shared and the servings are generously large. Everything I had was fresh, attractively presented and so delicious that I ate until I was...More

Thank PeterR23
Reviewed 28 October 2017

We had heard a lot about this place...and we weren’t disappointed! The only negative was that we ordered too much food....however it was all so fresh and beautifully balanced flavours. So nice to have a meal that doesn’t rely on heavy fats or sauces for...More

Thank jamespascoe
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Had strolled pass this cafe and settled for a late brekkie. I loved the Malawach which is much alike my favorite Malaysian Roti Canai. Bourukas is pocket full of cheese, in a fluffy pastry. Shaksuka was quite different too. Ima's grill is a massive breakfast...More

Thank Wolv3rin3
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Great food. Tasty set menu of sides with a mix of vegetarian and meat dishes to go along with. Everything was great and it was fun to share. Staff were friendly and accommodating. Left with a cookbook to recreate the wonderful israeli food at home....More

Thank kathrynk27
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Dawn M
27 September 2017|
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Response from Yael S | Property representative |
Hi sorry we are not BYO we have a great wine list and beers on tap and bottled
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$29
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
08:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland  >  Auckland Central
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 5252
  • E-mail
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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