Saturday, December 10, 2016

Ima & Orleans @ Auckland

Ima is Hebrew for 'mother,' & Tel Aviv-born Yael Shochat has certainly created a place that feels nurturing - you can go completely vegetarian here & still enjoy a comfortingly nourishing meal that reflects Israel & the rest of the Middle East - chickpeas, potatoes, eggplant & tahini with side helpings of rice with pine nuts & pistachios; grilled carrots with feta cheese; sauteed spinach with sesame seeds; tomatoes with beetroot, radish & red onions; & a slaw of cabbage & cucumber with mint.

Melding soul food with soul music, Orleans will have you longing, come what may, to go back to Blue Bayou - kale-&-jalapeno hush puppies with lemon & buttermilk; classic gumbo crammed with fried chicken, freshly steamed mussels & Andouille sausage; & fried green tomatoes with bruised baby tomatoes, charred peppers & remoulade (so good, the tomatoes recall that celluloid scene where Jessica Tandy gleefully bites into the ones that Kathy Bates hands her). 


  1. Lovely storefront! Great looking place and food. Guess I missed this place in Auckland. :(

    1. Suituapui: yeah, ima has a beautiful frontage, with that artwork :D maybe it opened after you visited the city :)