Cuisine: Nepalese, Street Food, Vegan
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

Tama Eatery is bringing Nepali and Newari food to Auckland.

Long tables with benches form the seating plan at this restaurant which afford it a distinctly communal feel. At the end of the dining room is a stage, open for acoustic gigs and general merriment; you’ll think you’ve walked into a Nepalese market!

Specialising in tapas style small plates, they’re perfect for mixing and matching. Try the Aaloo Tama, a thick stew with black eyed beans, the lamb chowella marinated in burnt tomatoes or the Nepalese equivalent to a taco. If you’re having trouble deciding between you, go for the baji set; a colourful sharing platter bursting with bold flavours.

Have an ice-cold beer to hand with their range of household names like Heineken and Asahi as well as NZ beers on tap. Or why not indulge in their concise cocktail menu which heralds simple, delicious combinations with a no frill attitude.

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Tama Eatery
4 Upper Queen Street
Auckland

Open Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - Late

Phone: 09 963 8456
Website: www.tamaeatery.co.nz

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Tama Eatery
Location: City Centre
Cuisine: Nepalese, Street Food, Vegan
Mains: $15 - $25

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Had an amazing meal here, the food was awesome and so tasty. Would definitely come back.

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William Maher

The food was excellent and so was the service first time trying for us and we will be back.

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Libby Cavenett

Tama is such a lovely spot, the service was really lovely and helpful. Never had Nepalese food before so it was great to try something different - was stoked by how many vegetarian / vegan options there were!
Really nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Will definitely be back!

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Sophie Baylis

A really interesting dining experience of new flavours and cuisine. The dumplings/mo:mo were amazing!

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Yasmin Campbell

Great food and service, authentic Nepali food!

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Mitesh Tari

The food was really delicious and the service was amazing . Lovely place for a romantic dinner and ambience was lovely

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Haiping Niu

Very good food, this was the second time I have been to Tama. Great vegetarian and vegan options, but same for meateaters too. Interesting drinks :)

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Fantastic meal and service. Both main meals we ordered (Baji Set and Ne-Thali Set) were absolutely delicious and would recommend the chicken nibbles to start - actually are really spicy which I loved. The service was amazing and accommodating, can't fault it at all, and can't wait to try more of their dishes.

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Beautiful food all round, the momos were so amazing! Definitely will be back to try the other tasty things on the menu! :)

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Rovina Schofield

Food was soooo good and service was great.
We will definitely go back again.

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The chicken momos were delicious! The pork baos have beautiful flavour and the staff were lovely. A great taste or Nepal!

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May Leigh

Really interesting and unique food. Our dishes were a good level of spicy and the flavours were not dumbed down. Everyone needs to get the momo dumplings panfried!

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Chloe Cave

Amazzzzinnnnggg food! Great portion sizes and flavours! Deff coming back here

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This was our first time with Nepalese food and we enjoyed the experience.

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It was our first time at Tama Eatery and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was friendly and efficient, without being rushed. The food was very tasty and we loved that there were so many vegan options.

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Miranda Miranda

Tama's food is rich in flavor, which is something we appreciated. The dumplings and tacos are the best. The servers are very attentive. We really loved our experience here.

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Had the most amazing food and great service! Definitely recommend!

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We had a great time at Tama Eatery last night! The food was somehow very unique but delicious. We had flavours we had never tasted before which was a pleasant surprise. The service was really excellent; our server brought us rice flakes to try when we were unsure of what they were and the food arrived promptly. We will definitely be returning soon!

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Loved finding this place on First Table! It's not easy finding somewhere with multiple options for the gluten free husband and myself, the vegan... but these guys had so many delicious things to choose from for BOTH of us. They also have friendly staff, a comfortably relaxed vibe and were super affordable! We definitely will be going back many, many times :)
p.s If you don't like spicy food, make sure you ask how hot the dish is before ordering. Being Nepalese cuisine they made their kai pretty firey, and I definitely got burned haha.

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Taylor Armstrong

First table gives you such a good chance to try new & different types of food. I am SO glad First Table introduced me to Tama Eatery & Nepalese food. Our waiter was from Nepal & more than helpful when it came to helping us picking our food — he even gave us a picture menu so we knew what we were ordering! The food was full of flavour, healthy, and hearty. I will be going back on my own accord!

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Tama Eatery is honestly such a hidden gem! Located on Upper Queen Street, you'd never realize such an amazing restaurant would be hidden there.
The service was impeccable, even met the chef himself to compliment him on his food. Between the four of us, we ordered The Big big ( MUST TRY!), the Nepal answer to Tacos, the burger, the lamb seruwa, spicy chicken nibbles, the chilli momos, and both the desserts. I could not fault anything, do try it out for an authentic Nepalese experience!

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Angie Hale McAdams

Lovely evening last night as discovered TAMA who make delicious Nepalese dishes. Great choice of momo's for vegan, vege and meat lovers, and then 4 ways to have them cooked. Amazing Recommend the chilli vegetarian ones, we went back for seconds on these. All the dishes are well presented, and tasty, and can be shared so you can have a little bit of everything. Menus very descriptive of ingredients, and there's a picture menu too if you're unsure of what it is. Garage beer on tap ( not sure if this standard or rotating) and a simple yet good wine list. Service was lovely - friendly attentive waitress. Great decor too. Prayer flags AND fairy lights at the entrance - whats not to love?

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Had an amazing meal here, the food was awesome and so tasty. Would definitely come back.

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William Maher

The food was excellent and so was the service first time trying for us and we will be back.

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Thomas Birch

Really great food for a very good price point. Cheap drinks as well

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Libby Cavenett

Tama is such a lovely spot, the service was really lovely and helpful. Never had Nepalese food before so it was great to try something different - was stoked by how many vegetarian / vegan options there were!
Really nice relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Will definitely be back!

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Sophie Baylis

A really interesting dining experience of new flavours and cuisine. The dumplings/mo:mo were amazing!

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Yasmin Campbell

Great food and service, authentic Nepali food!

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Mitesh Tari

The food was really delicious and the service was amazing . Lovely place for a romantic dinner and ambience was lovely

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Mia Sutherland

The food was absolutely amazing. We got the goat curry and rice and the mushroom and pea curry and rice, and both were to die for. Super hearty, spiced and seasoned well, perfect serves and actually just so delicious. This isn't a fine dining restaurant in the best way possible, because both the food and the ambience is rustic, homely and just damn good. Our food did take a long time to come out, about half an hour after we ordered it, but it was so worth it in the end. The servers were very kind and hospitable.
My only big criticism would be the music. Western hits were quite out of place in the traditional decorations and food. I would have loved to hear something more fitting to the theme.
Otherwise, I only hope to see Tama get busier and I will definitely be back!

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Haiping Niu

Very good food, this was the second time I have been to Tama. Great vegetarian and vegan options, but same for meateaters too. Interesting drinks :)

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Fantastic meal and service. Both main meals we ordered (Baji Set and Ne-Thali Set) were absolutely delicious and would recommend the chicken nibbles to start - actually are really spicy which I loved. The service was amazing and accommodating, can't fault it at all, and can't wait to try more of their dishes.

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Jess Griffiths

The food was beautiful! Our server was lovely and polite, and we didn't have to wait long for our food.

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Beautiful food all round, the momos were so amazing! Definitely will be back to try the other tasty things on the menu! :)

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Rovina Schofield

Food was soooo good and service was great.
We will definitely go back again.

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The chicken momos were delicious! The pork baos have beautiful flavour and the staff were lovely. A great taste or Nepal!

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May Leigh

Really interesting and unique food. Our dishes were a good level of spicy and the flavours were not dumbed down. Everyone needs to get the momo dumplings panfried!

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Bryony Nixon

Very interesting delicious food. Very reasonable prices and service was great considering how busy they were.
Definitely will be back!

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Sonya Milford

Always delicious

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Chloe Cave

Amazzzzinnnnggg food! Great portion sizes and flavours! Deff coming back here

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This was our first time with Nepalese food and we enjoyed the experience.

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It was our first time at Tama Eatery and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was friendly and efficient, without being rushed. The food was very tasty and we loved that there were so many vegan options.

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Our waiter was wonderful, he was patient with all our questions, explained everything, and accommodated our requests. The vegan and the kids in our party all well catered for and the food was great - try the dumplings. Really enjoyable night out - thank you

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Miranda Miranda

Tama's food is rich in flavor, which is something we appreciated. The dumplings and tacos are the best. The servers are very attentive. We really loved our experience here.

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Jacqueline Parekh

Enjoyable evening with delightful food!

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Lynn McCarthy

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Lovely food, excellent prices in a casual cafe setting!

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yummy dumplings and great service

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My friends and I had a great time at Tama Eatery! If you like spicy & easy to share food this is a good place for it. We recommend the chow mein and the shared platter. It’s like a little gem. Nothing fancy. Just great food to enjoy! Will definitely go back.

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Had the most amazing food and great service! Definitely recommend!

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Good food, great atmosphere and great service. We really enjoyed how different it was from our usual Saturday night takeaways and dumplings.

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We had a great time at Tama Eatery last night! The food was somehow very unique but delicious. We had flavours we had never tasted before which was a pleasant surprise. The service was really excellent; our server brought us rice flakes to try when we were unsure of what they were and the food arrived promptly. We will definitely be returning soon!

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Second time around, tried more interesting dishes from menu, really enjoyed the authenticity , will be back again.

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Ashleigh Johns

Excellent food, I have never tried Nepalese food before but it was amazing! The waitress was very helpful in helping us decide and explaining the menu. Great experience

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Great relaxed atmosphere. We loved the food and experiencing a different cuisine. The service was friendly and attentive. We will definitely return

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Loved finding this place on First Table! It's not easy finding somewhere with multiple options for the gluten free husband and myself, the vegan... but these guys had so many delicious things to choose from for BOTH of us. They also have friendly staff, a comfortably relaxed vibe and were super affordable! We definitely will be going back many, many times :)
p.s If you don't like spicy food, make sure you ask how hot the dish is before ordering. Being Nepalese cuisine they made their kai pretty firey, and I definitely got burned haha.

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fantastic food, amazing service and a cool vibe. a great value and very enjoyable dinner. thanks so much!

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Hilary Comber

Food was nice small plated though mostly meat, what we got. Interesting atmosphere very different to most dinner place but still enjoyable

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Interesting to try new foods.

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The food was great and staff were friendly. The mo-mo dumplings were FANTASTIC!

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Liz Garner

Food here is amazing! So many flavours and textures and great options. We shared the edamame, the Big Big (selection of curry, veg, beans, roti etc), had the Nepalese “tacos” and steamed dumplings and it was all delicious! We had all the vegan options to suit someone in the group and they were great. Good mix of spicy, smoky, deep cumin flavours as well as fresh! Awesome place to try traditional Nepalese food

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Conor Tinker

Went here to try something new. The dumplings were very nice, we had both fried and steamed. Ordered Lamb Chowella and Pork Sekuwa as well. The Chowella was enjoyable because it was different (served on flakes and soybeans) the Sekuwa was bland (basically just overcooked/charcoaled pigs belly). The ambience was somewhat confused, I liked the Nepalese themed environment but didn’t really like the music (I think it is was Akon??) which was playing quite loud. Overall not a bad experience, I would come back for dumplings and beer during happy hour.

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Johanna Arlesten

This is such a cool little place! Great vibe and awesome food. Try the tacos, delish.

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Paul Vincent

Terrific food and service -- a real culinary experience!

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Matthew Christensen

Good food

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Kalyan Rayakota

good

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Elisabeth Easther

I'd heard people say great things about Tama but had never been, so finally i went there with a few mates before going to the theatre. And it was fabulous. Big jugs of beer, excellent dumplings, everything was flavoursome, fresh and perfect for sharing. We'll most definitely be back. Thank you!

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Although a little hard to find (I walked right past it twice), this place is a real gem. Great food, cosy, didn't feel rushed at all. One of the mains even came with a shot of tequila! Would go back.

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Devon Hanna

Staff were lovely and communicative. Lovely food. Will definitely be back.

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Devon Hanna

Had a really lovely waiter, and the food was beautiful. So thrilled to be able to get good momos and thukpa in Auckland!

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Kim DelaRosa

First time to Tama and was particularly excited about trying Nepalese food...especially the mo-mo. Lovely friendly staff, that were casual but responsive and quick. Its a nice touch as it feels relaxed, but still efficient. The food was great. Whilst the Chili Momo were good, I just absolutely loved the Peanut Saardheko...worth going back just for that. The Lamb Chowella was sooo tasty (but unfortunately the lamb was a little chewy) and the Chicken Taco's and nibbles were also good. We will absolutely be going back. Thank you

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Dónal Goldrick

Very tasty meal and a variety of choices! We really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and will be back. Highly recommend!

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