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Ima Cuisine

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53 Fort Street | City Centre, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-377 5252
07:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 08:30 - 22:00
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Tempe, Arizona
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 Auckland!

Thank MagyarVandor56
Auckland, New Zealand
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 on the table, we forgot about the wait :) The only thing I would change... More 

Thank yasminebendjafer
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54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 filo 'cigarettes' filled with Turkish delight and crushed nuts. Good attentive and informative service. An... More 

Thank JohnandJim
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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. Cannot praise this young girl enough for her hard work. On the food front, it... More 

Thank kejme340
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 1cm sausage pieces. Won't be going back I'm afraid - at that cost, I'll learn... More 

Thank Crystal E
Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love Middle Eastern food, love it. So I was hankering to go here, even more so after they appeared in the Metro top 50. A bustling place, I wouldn't really recommend it for a romantic dinner (unless you're out the back perhaps) as it is pretty busy - with tables of friends enjoying communal dining at its best. I... More 

Thank Sarah M
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 5 April 2017

We got what we came for : healthy ME food served in a casual, homely atmosphere. Friendly waitresses. Don't dine at Ima's if you want cold starchy service. We felt comfortable and at home right from the start.

Thank essiesue
Auckland, New Zealand
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

First visit to this homely cafe with a group of friends. Seemed an intriguing environment after the nearby stylish Britomart. The staff were obliging and willing to explain the intricacies of the menu, and there was no long wait for the food. Everyone at our table were more than happy with their choices, Latkes, Bourekas, Shakshuka, and Malawak - all... More 

Thank mykazes
London, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The venue is centrally located, it has a rustic atmosphere and it gets quite lively. The staff are very pleasant and chatty. The food is quite good but the portions truly very small for what they charge. I personally thought it was a joke. One can get better value for money elsewhere in Auckland.

Thank Global_Citizen_YK

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$14 - US$28
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Arabic, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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 1010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Auckland Region  >  Auckland
  • Phone Number: +64 9-377 5252
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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