Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Ima

Ima

Inner-City Bistro—Israeli/Middle Eastern

Dining with a group is a breeze at Ima — it’s relaxed, homely and food is served in the middle of the table for everyone to help themselves. Israeli New Zealander Yael Shochat founded Ima (meaning “mother”) at a time when few restaurants were offering this particular type of feasting. Meat, seafood and vegetables are either slow-braised to tender perfection or cooked on the chargrill, and accompanied by sides such as tomato salad, Arab rice and charred carrots — all redolent with citrus, herbs and spices — for the whole table to share. It’s a lovely, generous, easy way to eat, and Ima’s suitability for big groups means there is always a lively atmosphere. Breakfast and lunch are more relaxed affairs, but certainly no less adventurous or hearty.

A favourite dish

Slow-cooked free-range chicken meschan, finished on the grill, topped with onion, herbs, sumac and pine nuts.

What it offers

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

Hours—B L D 7 days
Bookings—Yes
Price—$
Seats—90
Chef—Yael Shochat

CENTRAL CITY
53 Fort St
Ph 300-7252
imacuisine.co.nz




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