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.

Map

Map Loading...

Tama Eatery
4 Upper Queen Street
Auckland

Open Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 5pm - Late

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

Sample Menu *may not be current

Click on menu to enlarge.

Book a First Table

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

Reviews

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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?

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Jacqueline Parekh

Enjoyable evening with delightful food!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Lynn McCarthy

The contents of this review have not been published as it breaches our review guidelines.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Lovely food, excellent prices in a casual cafe setting!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

yummy dumplings and great service

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Hilary Comber

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Interesting to try new foods.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Johanna Arlesten

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Paul Vincent

Terrific food and service -- a real culinary experience!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Matthew Christensen

Good food

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Kalyan Rayakota

good

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Devon Hanna

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Dónal Goldrick

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

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Chandra Leenheer

We had a lovely time at Tama Eatery, and ate way too much. The fried pork dumplings and the chop suey were unexpected favorites. Everything was beautifully presented and full of flavor.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Troy Nichols

Fantastic simple little restaurant, a great find. The waitress was really helpful and helped us with our order and the food didn't disappoint. Generous helpings, super tasty, and not rushed.
The atmosphere bubbled along as the tables filled up and the kitchen was a hive of activity.
Would definitely recommend and go back again.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Great, interesting food. Good service and cool vibe!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Nicole Sweney

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved dining at Tama Eatery! We love trying as many different foods as possible and this was something completely different to what we’ve tried before! It was absolutely delicious (especially the rice pudding) - we’ll definitely be back.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Tasty food with heaps of plant based options and friendly staff. Will be back.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Greta Cervin

Great food!!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Angel Riley

We LOVED Tama Eatery. We love try different foods from around the world and this Nepalese food was amazing - absolutely bursting with flavour. The servers were friendly and knowlegable. The setting basic but in a way that makes you feel at home. Even without the first table offer, the food was incredibly good value. Great vegan options. We will be back.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Delicious food at already such a reasonable price point! Generous portion sizes.

Service was rushed, felt like we were being pushed out the door when the restaurant wasn’t even half full.

Will definitely go back!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Food was great with a massive variety. Great buzz about the place, will defo come again

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Haiping Niu

Very nice food, good service, lovely environment for friends gathering.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

The food was tasty and it was fun to try a new type of cuisine. Would definitely recommend this place!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

We had never had Nepalese food before but our waitress was very helpful at explaining the menu and suggesting items we may want to order. Dumplings were amazing! Cozy atmosphere.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Maartje Groenewegen

Great food and very friendly staff

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Food was sort of a hit and miss. Chicken nibbles weren't crispy nibbles just very very very very hot chicken wings. We couldn't finish them at all. Bao buns, sekuwa and fries were highlights though. Lovely atmosphere and loved the music all night.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

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!

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Quirino Shin

Great food, very flavourful

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Jacqui Milton

First timers to Tama. Lovely helpful staff, tasty variety of food & plenty of vegan options.
Nice casual atmosphere, would go back again.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Food was fantastic! A lovely selection of small vegetarian plates that we thoroughly enjoyed. The would recommend the Chowmein and the dumplings. The service left a little to be desired -a little slow to clear plates and refresh drinks. But hey, that’s being quite picky! Overall would highly recommend. The food is beautiful.

Food
Service

- dined at Tama Eatery on

Overview

71 reviews

Food
Service