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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
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
CUISINES
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Arabic
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Service and food was excellent, we thought we had ordered too much but was the food was so yummy it soon disappeared..thanks to the team at Ima for an awesome mothers day lunch..

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Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have not been to Ima for years but our night out on Saturday with friends did not disappoint We had the 20 year set menu which was fabulous! Portions were very generous and their Mezze platter is amazing! We will be back

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Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant wait staff , nice atmosphere, great timing and fabulous food. Generous servings and not your run of the mill cuisine fir a reasonable price.

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Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 9 December 2023

The food was so yummy and in big portions to feed our big table for our work Christmas function. Would 100% come again and try their lunch

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

To celebrate the end of the year and the coming summer break my astrophysics research group went out for dinner. This is the second time we've gone to Ima because it's just so convenient to have a social sharing meal that everyone adores. And even...better with a huge range of tasty drinks to wash it down with. Although this is the first time we attended and one of the staff remembered me as one of their lecturers! Anyway we had a fanastic evening and we'll be back!More

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

We love the kai at Ima's! The homemade hummus is soooo delicious, the parāoa is amazing! but we also love the amazing staff, and atmosphere of the resturant

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 November 2023

Pros: Really lovely food there was 10 of us that day arriving at Midday, Centrally located with a really nice atmosphere we were all seated at the back of the restaurant as I had requested so it did feel like we had our own dedicated...space. The food was quick to come out and it all smelt so lovely and most of the team were really happy with their food. Cons: The staff really need to write down the orders we had orders mixed up a number of times and even a glass of wine was incorrect. If you write down the orders these types of mistakes would not be so frequent. At the time of our arrival the restaurant was only just opening so it was not very busy at allMore

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

We'd gone to Ima to celebrate our wedding anniversary and because I'd been there years ago and had good memories of the authentic Middle Eastern food and atmosphere. Unfortunately neither seemed present when we visited. The service seemed okay, the bathroom facilities were fine and...it was easy to make a booking at short notice. Unfortunately the meal did not seem to represent good value for the money and didn't taste particularly authentic. Maybe we just struck Ima on an off day but as an Auckland institution we hope that it gets back to how it was originally.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 19 November 2023

A lovely dinner, very tasty, healthy. Great staff and service. And a great atmosphere, lovely room. We enjoyed the time so much.

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 November 2023

I had been wanting to come for some time and came with a group of friends. I was so disappointed. The food, apart from the dessert, was way overpriced for what it was. I had one dry lamb skewer. A bowl of each salad was...shared amongst 8 people and wasn't enough. The salads were extremely basic- cut up tomatoes, curled carrots. The service was poor- probably understaffed and the person we had was lovely but made a few mistakes.More

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 4 November 2023

Tacky decor, ricketty furniture, bland food, small servings. One piece of bread for a mezze of 2, really! And the cost was not reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 4 October 2023

Delicious Israeli fare that won't disappoint. The Mezze is a great way to start the evening - we followed with a selection of chicken and lamb kebabs and halloumi slices (all perfectly cooked) which come with a selection of delicious Israeli side dishes. Lively atmosphere...and down-to-earth food. Great wine list. Will certainly be back.More

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Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

We were really excited about visiting Ima after reading about it. We visited for lunch and shared the Lebanese Grilled Chicken Pita ...it was cold and we didn't get that amazing spice hit we were looking for! Pricey at $31 for what we received. However,...we did notice the breakfast menu boasted Shakshuka - we love a spicy traditional Shakshuka. We decided to give the restaurant another go in the morning before we left. Yes, we went for breakfast and have to honestly say it was the worst Shakshuka we have tried...it was described as 'spicy, slow-roasted tomatoes with our own home-made Moroccan merguez sausages' I can quite honestly say all it consisted of was tinned tomatoes and badly fried onions with absolutely no flavour. I did try and catch the waitresses attention, but to no avail. This was the blandest food from what I was hoping would be a massive hit! We also tried the poached eggs with Pide - two tiny pullets eggs served with 2 huge pieces of Pide, it was so dry and disproportionate. The Vulcan served amazing Shakshuka, we wont be back, I am afraid.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

The grilled meat is tasty but it is way over priced for average quality food. Staff were amenable but it took an age to get served as they seem to have very few front of house staff.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

As a recently diagnosed coeliac who is also vegetarian, I was so excited to see that IMA could cater fully for me :) My husband and I made a reservation for our 21st wedding anniversary and were massively impressed, and enormously full! Could not fault...the food (which was plentiful) or the staff (who were lovely). We will definitely be back!! Thank you so so much. I never thought I'd be able to eat a three course meal againMore

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Date of visit: August 2023
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nomi_ned
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Response from danilophoto | Reviewed this property |
Hello there how are you? I don't remember seeing any statements on their own website or menu about it but they are on several recommendations links as Halal food restaurant. Type this on your browser: Top Halal Guys in... More
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Hi sorry we are not BYO we have a great wine list and beers on tap and bottled
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IMA CUISINE, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Ima Cuisine offers takeaway services.

Ima Cuisine is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5