Awarded by Lauraine Jacobs, Food & Wine Writer
In a city where Japanese food is warmly embraced everywhere, and sushi has become the first choice for lunch on the run, there’s a breath-taking experience to be had at a small but comfortable award winning restaurant in the back streets of Ponsonby. Makoto Tokuyama and Ricky Lee’s Cocoro restaurant won Cuisine Magazine’s Supreme Restaurant of the Year for its incredible modern Japanese menu, delightful wine and sake list, accompanied by top notch service. Chef Makoto seeks out an array of the freshest of fish to create his sensational and sparkling platter of expertly cut seafood where every mouthful is to be savoured. Prepare to order ahead for their speciality, the sashimi platter from a menu of many special dishes, and be delighted and astonished as this is an ever-changing colourful feast that’s curated to reflect the season and showcase the very best of the catch harvested from the waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the deep ocean beyond.