Cocoro

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  • 56a Brown Street
    Ponsonby, Auckland

  • Japanese Dietary - Vegetarian Friendly
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Cocoro

  • 56a Brown Street
    Ponsonby, Auckland
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Professional Reviews: Cocoro

Average Professional Review Score

2 reviews

Restaurant Review: Cocoro, Ponsonby

4.5 Viva 26 April 2017

Each year when the Viva Luxury issue rolls around I am forced to confront deep philosophical questions about the nature of life. Questions like what is luxury? Ought we to celebrate it? And isn’t the deepest sort of luxury having a healthy family, closely followed by buying one of the light fittings at Sharondelier?

Last year for this issue I flew to Marlborough for lunch at a waterfront pop-up restaurant. In 2015, I was at the Sidart chef’s table for what was then Auckland’s fanciest degustation, though these days Clooney may give them a run for their money. This year my wife said, “How about Cocoro?” and, although it’s not the most expensive or opulent meal in town, I immediately knew what she meant. There is something unmistakably “splendifulent” about walking along this quiet residential street then opening the door to a beautiful Japanese restaurant staffed by crisply dressed, crisply spoken wait staff, who act as if they’ve been waiting since birth for you to arrive.

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Restaurant review: Cocoro, Ponsonby

4.5 New Zealand Herald 27 November 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I remarked in a review of a Kingsland place that it was the fifth occupant of its premises in the past decade. It is, of course, far from alone in being a site of furious turnover. Life in the restaurant business can be precarious and, making matters worse, places flourish that deserve to fail and vice versa.

So it was a pleasure to hear that this Japanese place had reached the grand old age of 6 - and, what's more, that founding chef Makoto Tokuyama is still in charge. Tucked down in the Brown St dip, between Ponsonby Rd and Richmond Rd, Cocoro impressed when it opened and its sixth anniversary special offer (the degustation at 2008 prices), made a return a no-brainer.

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Awards
  • 2018 Metro top 50 Awards 2018 Metro top 50 Awards received @ 6 April 2018 Metro Top 50 Finalist for 2018
  • 2018 Cuisine Top 100 2018 Cuisine Top 100 received @ 9 September 2018 This restaurant is in the Cuisine Good Food Awards Top 100 for 2018 and will be featured in the Cuisine Good Food Guide 2018. The Top 100 restaurants are also the finalists for the Cuisine Good Food Awards 2018, and the Winners will be announced on the 15th of October.
  • 2018 Cuisine - 3 Hats 2018 Cuisine - 3 Hats received @ 15 October 2018 The hat awards are the most prestigious awards that Cuisine offer. Three hats denote a perfect score, and are reserved for those establishments that deliver the consummate restaurant experience

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