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Jun 25, 2015 Restaurants

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57 Fort St, central city. Ph 300-7252,
Breakfast & lunch Monday-Friday, dinner Tuesday-Saturday. $

Best Shared Table / Finalist, Best All-day Restaurant / Finalist, Best Value for Money


It’s not widely known that we have an Ottolenghi in our midst. Yael Shochat serves her Israeli/Middle Eastern food of love and community, hope and delight, all through the day, and this year she’s expanded the operation with a deli/diner just a couple of doors along from Ima itself.

We can’t recommend the food in both places enough, and we’re especially fond of Shochat’s domestic approach to communal dining. You order as a table, choosing the mains you want, and they come to share, along with all the sides. Everything tastes fantastic and it’s so much fun.

A favourite dish: slow-braised Lebanese lamb shoulder, served with five vegetable dish accompaniments.


3 Spoons

Shared-plate options
Good for vegetarians
Free-range chicken and/or pork
Good seating outside
Takes large groups
Craft beer selection


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