Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Cocoro

by Metro / 30 June, 2017
WINNER- Best overall drinks list

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Cocoro.

Photo/ Caitlin McKone.

Photo/ Caitlin McKone.

Cocoro

Smart Dining—Modern Japanese

There’s a sense of both ceremony and celebration at Cocoro, where head chef and co-owner Makoto Tokuyama pays the utmost respect to his ingredients, turning out Japanese food that is breathtaking in presentation and superior in quality. You won’t find any shortcuts here: Tokuyama is a perfectionist, personally visiting the markets to buy the freshest young ginger for pickling, and insisting wasabi be grated at the table for optimum freshness. Service and décor are infused with a Japanese sensibility — ordered, graceful and minimal — and staff have a tangible sense of pride when presenting dishes, as if they, too, are seeing them for the first time. The superb and far-reaching drinks list focuses on organic and New Zealand wines and out-of-this-world sake.

A favourite dish
Cocoro’s signature sashimi platter, with around 25 varieties of fish, crustaceans and shellfish, is almost too beautiful to eat.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good for vegetarians / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Takes large groups / Dégustation options / Fixed-price meals

Hours—L D Tue-Sat
Bookings—Yes
Price—$$$
Seats—40
Chef—Makoto Tokuyama

PONSONBY
56a Brown St
Ph 360-0927
cocoro.co.nz


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