Ima

Ima, 53 Fort St, Auckland, New Zealand It’s said that Jewish mothers have a lot to answer for, but sometimes they have a lot to be thanked for. Yael Sochat grew up in Haifa, in northern Israel, where her mother taught her to cook. Having migrated to Britain she married a New Zealander, with whom she finally settled in Auckland. She opened a […]

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Mezze Bar

Mezze Bar, 9 Durham St East, Auckland, New Zealnd Improbably, a flight of steps off a street in central Auckland leads to a tapas bar, where the cosmopolitan menu has a strong middle eastern orientation. The lentil soup is tasty, despite the absence of mint, and comes with bread and a piece of butter. A lemony hummus is served with a tomato salsa and triangles of […]

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7hills Indian Restaurant

2/16 Marshall Ln, Kenmore Q 4069 The recommendation of a friend took us to this somewhat sparsely appointed restaurant, but the reality belied the appearance. The onion pakoras were made of large slices of onion and came fresh from the pan, beautifully crisp, with a dish of tamarind sauce. From the long list of curries we chose Spinach Dal; the vegetable had been broken into tiny specks, […]

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Halim’s Indian Taj Restaurant

1/155 Baroona Rd, Rosalie Village, Milton Q 4064 An Indian restaurant that boasts of having catered to ‘the Indian and Sri Lankan Cricket Team’ sounds as though it will be worth trying. Our meal gets off to a slightly disappointing start, as the Palak Pakoras of spinach and onions are unaccountably dry, even when drenched with the chilli sauce that accompanies them. […]

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Satay Ria Malaysian Chinese Restaurant

165 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley Located in an area full of Chinese restaurants, the Satay Ria offers a distinctive Malaysian twist. The deep bowls of satay with tofu come with with a fine mix of ingredients floating on noodles both thick and thin, with less of a luscious taste of coconut milk and more liberal use of spices than you sometimes encounter in satays, […]

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Les Cedres, Austellungsstr. 51, 1020 Vienna, Austria

The German speaking part of the world is not known for its vegetarian food, so it’s good to find on one of its edges a representative of one of the world’s most veggie-friendly cuisines, that which tends to be identified in the West with the nation famous for its Cedres. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The Fattousch (I’ll stick with the German spelling) works well, although there […]

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Kathodon

62 Lidras St, Lefcosia, Cyprus How good it is to settle into a restaurant full of happy people enjoying themselves! The Kathodon is just a stone’s throw from the border with the part of Cyprus that has now been under Turkish occupation for over four decades, and the pictures and slogans that decorate its walls, such as the famous Δεν ξεχνω, together with allusions to […]

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The Raw Kitchen

181A High St, Fremantle WA The brick walls and the lofty pointed ceiling of the old warehouse which it occupies lend this establishment a serious level of urban grunge, and its menu is similarly confronting, for it isn’t only veggie and dairy free but is based on uncooked foods. Typical of its offerings is the raw food pasta in which strands of zucchini, supplemented by radish, avocado, […]

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