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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 good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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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 June 16, 2017 via mobile

Three words: apple cinnamon buns. Cool middle eastern vibe. Friendly hosts. Huge choice of food. Reminded me of my time in Israel. Really glad I discovered this place and from now on it will be a regular haunt every time I'm in Auckland.

Thank SafariPete
Reviewed June 10, 2017

We really enjoyed the family atmosphere. The food was great and the service was also good. would definitely come back and recommend this place for dinner.

Thank Beeancalulu
Reviewed June 3, 2017

What Can I say about this place? The staff are great and the food is excellent and consistently good! We go here every week for out work breakfast and the food and coffee is to die for. Its hard in Auckland to get consistency from...More

Thank Steven K
Reviewed May 30, 2017

This place has a great reputation. I don't think it is stellar, actually, but it's absolutely fine. The waiting staff are friendly and responsive and know their menus. The food is fresh, visually attractive and tastes good, although I find it slightly on the ordinary...More

Thank Christine D
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

We're in town for a week, with mealtimes providing the structure to our days. We've visited some terrific places, but Ima takes the cake! Simple, but spectacularly-delicious food in a welcoming environment with charming staff. We plan to return for another meal before we leave...More

Thank MagyarVandor56
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Went there on a Sunday for Lunch. The food was really delicious, the portions were really generous. It was a very busy day, the staff looked a bit overwhelmed, took a little while to get someone to take our order, but once the food was...More

Thank yasminebendjafer
Reviewed May 15, 2017

A warm welcoming atmosphere that suited a drizzling evening and made us feel comfortable. We shared a brik and some kebi, both delicious. Then enjoyed lamb and chicken accompanied by a wonderful plate of a variety of salads. The pastry plate was wonderful, especially the...More

Thank JohnandJim
Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

Their service here is amazing! One of the best I've received in an auckland restaurant! Shout out to Talia who is the owner's daughter who literally took on every duty from front of the house, to taking our order, to serving, and then cleaning up....More

Thank kejme340
Reviewed May 1, 2017

I really like the food at Ima Cuisine, but I can't justify spending the $ they charge. I love the Shakshuka dish - but how can they charge $23 for some tomatoes, onions, a couple of eggs, some bread and what is at most five...More

Thank Crystal E
Reviewed April 26, 2017

Very nice place for brunch. The tables are recycled, along with the selection of dining chairs. The light fitting creat a lot of discussion so all that before you eat. Nice coffee and tea service. Breakfast was all you need and was well presented.

Thank Graham P
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Dawn M
September 26, 2017|
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Response from YaelShochat | 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
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  • Value
Average prices
$14 - $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
Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
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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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