close button

Cocoro (2)

Jun 23, 2014 Restaurants

 <a href=Cocoro , Auckland. Photo: Ken Downie for Metro. All rights reserved." width="1000" height="667" />

56a Brown St, Ponsonby. Ph 360-0927,
Lunch & dinner Tuesday-Saturday. $$$

Best drinks list / Finalist, best chef: Makoto Tokuyama

It’s an unusual spot for a restaurant, but it works. Behind the glass on the ground level of an apartment building in suburban Ponsonby, Cocoro feels like you could be anywhere in the world. Chef Makoto Tokuyama creates a modern Japanese menu full of wow, preparing traditional dishes with non-traditional techniques and flavours (such as, on the current menu, papaya, walnut and fig). Yes, he knows what he’s doing and — amazingly, considering the scope of his ambition — he never strikes a bum note. Further enhancing the food is the wine list, impeccably curated and matched thoughtfully to the menu. Degustation is the best way to eat at Cocoro, and it will also mean you can book — don’t worry if the shared table is the only one available; you’ll hardly notice the people around you apart from their oohing and aahing.

5 Spoons

A favourite dish: Whitebait chawanmushi

Fixed-price meals / Degustation / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Takes large groups / Craft beer selection


Latest issue shadow

Metro N°442 is Out Now.

In the Autumn 2024 issue of Metro we celebrate the best of Tāmaki Makaurau — 100 great things about life in Auckland, including our favourite florist, furniture store, cocktail, basketball court, tree, make-out spot, influencer, and psychic. The issue also includes the Metro Wine Awards, the battle over music technology company Serato, the end of The Pantograph Punch, the Billy Apple archives, a visit to Armenia, viral indie musician Lontalius, the state of fine dining, and the time we bombed West Auckland to kill a moth. Plus restaurants, movies, politics, astrology, and more.

Buy the latest issue