Cocoro restaurant review: Metro Top 50 2019

Cocoro is a finalist in the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 awards for Best Smart Restaurant and Best Drinks List. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here

Here’s a tip. If you haven’t experienced Cocoro’s sashimi platter, book immediately and head there for Friday lunch, washed down with a bottle of something white and cold. It is a carefully assembled pile of deftly sliced seafood, and it’s a triumph. The menu hasn’t changed here significantly in years; that’s a good thing. By day, there’s that sashimi platter; by night you check in for one of the city’s more remarkable dégustations, with which you can match a remarkable range of sake and wine. There are nine courses and it always starts with tempura and sashimi, and a chawanmushi – a delicate savoury egg custard – served with seafood (paua, say, or scallop). Other courses might include chargrilled scotch fillet or a venison tataki: Japanese, but not quite as you know it. Then there’s that room, a spare assemblage of concrete and blond wood, with elegant little booths down the side and a large table in the middle. Perfect simplicity.

What it offers: À la carte / Dégustation options / Set menus / Shared plate options / Good for vegetarians and vegans / Takes large groups

A favourite dish: Charcoal-finished Mangarara Angus beef scotch fillet

Awards:
Finalist, Best Drinks List

Hours: Lunch/dinner Tue-Sat
Bookings: Yes
Price: $$
Chef: Makoto Tokuyama

Ponsonby
56A Brown St
Ph 360-0927
cocoro.co.nz



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