For those desiring something a little on the more exotic side, these hand-picked Mediterranean gems are sure to spice up your culinary cravings. Close your eyes and open your tastebuds to the ‘cuisine of the sun’, as famed Auckland Mediterranean spot Ima Cuisine says. Delve into the divine world of fresh tasty food that offers something a little different.
Situated in the heart of Takapuna, Aubergine offers a blend of divine Mediterranean food and sunset views. For those looking for a hearty meal at wallet-friendly prices, Aubergine offers a three-course main meal for less than $50. With some familiar Kiwi flavours thrown into the mix, what’s not to love?
A favourite amongst Ponsonby Central residents, Miss Istanbul prides itself on delivering a taste of Istanbul. With a simple yet sensational menu, an honest approach to the sourcing and creation of their meals, and an unpretentious vibe–There are plenty of reasons this establishment is always busy. For the indecisive eaters, there is the option of asking the chef to surprise even the fussiest of diners with a freestyle menu. A perfect choice for the serendipitous and spontaneous.
Ima is welcoming, warm, and unforgettable–Just like their food. Ethically sourced and blended to pay homage to owner Yael’s Palestinian and Jewish roots, Ima’s cuisine is a breath of fresh air and a party of flavours. Filled with deliciously-packed salads, cured meats, and seafood–Ima is just as enthusiastic about providing an experience as they are about providing a meal.
Created by Kiwis struck with nostalgia from their travels across the Middle East, Mediterranean, and Africa, Mezze Bar offers an honest take on simple yet tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Having been open for 23 years, the restaurant has seen two generations of busy professionals grabbing a coffee and breakfast before work, or diners searching for a post-work wind-down meal.
Nicolino Restaurant and Bar
A Devonport favourite, Nicolino offers authentic and excellent Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Running for 20 years and counting, Nicolino offers an extensive taste of all things Mediterranean. Offering takeaway options and joined to Cube Bar, Nicolino offers something for everyone–Whether you want to stay in, or keep the night going!
Another K Road favourite, Gemmayze Street has a 130-year story to tell through their exquisite cuisine. Offering a true taste of Lebanon, guests can be surprised with a chef-dictated dining experienc –Adhering to Lebanese tradition. Run by Kiwi chef Samir Allen, who takes pride in his Lebanese heritage, the restaurant is adorned with Arabic script on the walls and offers an unparalleled journey into flavour and quality. With free-trade, line-caught halal foods, there is so much to love about this St Kevin’s Arcade gem.
Carmen Jones is Mediterranean at its best. Located on K Road, Carmen Jones counts Auckland favourites like Coco’s Cantina as some of its neighbours. Get a taste of the bohemian with their seductive décor, fabulous happy hour deals, and, of course, incredible food. Share a table with some strangers and live life on the exciting side, with a meal at Carmen Jones.
Fatima’s is so good, even Dave Grohl raves about it. With a historic, yet innovative take on Middle Eastern food–Fatima’s has been a silent assassin on the food scene since 1995. Time does tell with the Auckland culinary scene, and the innovative and ethical approach towards making good food has proved to be successful. Fatima’s potato koftas challenge even the best fries Auckland can offer.
Located in Pukekohe, this joint is a considerable venture for many Auckland dwellers but very much worth the journey. Offering some of the best Mediterranean-styled pizzas around, Paasha has perfected the art of Turkish cuisine. Their mixed grill is especially notable, with tender and tasty meat being a crowd favourite.
Located on the Viaduct, Feriza’s offers delicious Ottoman food, inspired by the flavours of Turkey and Greece. Run by brother-and-sister duo Alex and Feriza Isik, the dishes come from years of learning their grandmother’s trusted recipes. Emphasising sharing, diversity an a holistically enjoyable experience – Feriza’s aims to share the Ottoman culture with Auckland diners.