IMA CUI­SINE

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

14/20

This Mid­dle Eastern­mediter­ranean eatery in down­town Auck­land’s Fort St ap­peals from the out­set. Soft light­ing made from whisks and graters cre­ates a friendly, re­laxed at­mos­phere in which the onus is on family com­fort food en­joyed in an un­pre­ten­tious set­ting. The fresh, Mediter­ranean-style food of Yael Shochat (above) is de­signed to be eaten as shared plates. A set of sal­ads is put on the ta­ble for ev­ery­one, and dishes like brik, a North African tuna and lemon pas­try par­cel, and free-range chicken meschan, a tra­di­tional Arab dish, are in­ter­est­ing and un­usual, served very sim­ply, en­hanc­ing the home-cooked feel. The wine list is en­tirely suit­able for Ima’s ca­sual din­ing style, and in­cludes sev­eral Is­raeli and Le­banese wines that work won­der­fully with the dishes.

53 Fort St, City, 09 377 5252, imacui­sine.co.nz Break­fast, lunch & din­ner 7 days; mains $30-$60

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