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Photographs: David Straight

Every now and then a reader emails me and suggests I go have a look at a restaurant and when I do,  I wonder how I haven’t heard of it before. Paasha is one of those restaurants: it’s just down from the legendary Mr Zhou’s in the New Lynn shops. It looks like every other Turkish kebab shop in Auckland.

Only here, they have two things that make the heart sing: they cook their meat over charcoal and they offer tahini sauce as well as the usual yoghurt-mint-garlic selection and it is in this way that it is something of a delight to find. The lamb shish kebab ($13/$16) is succulent and tender and beautifully smoky, and the chicken ($13/$16) is juicy. Then you combine it either in a kebab or on a plate and you wonder why something so simple has to be so routinely awful: this is how they all should be. SFG

HOURS Open Monday to Saturday, 11am until late.

ADDRESS 3120 Great North Road, New Lynn, ph 825-9625.

IMPORTANT DETAILS The owners of Paasha are planning a new restaurant in Glenfield. We’ll keep you posted.




  1. Sarah Neale wrote:

    Thank you for this recommendation! I went in on Tuesday and had a delicious meal: the lamb shish and a couple of zucchini & feta fritters on the side. It was super good. I told the owners I had read the review here and they gave me a piece of cake and some Turkish tea! It made me feel quite special. What kind people and what great food. Thanks again, Simon!!

    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  2. SFG wrote:

    Fantastic Sarah – what a great thing to hear. Thanks for letting me know!

    Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:24 am | Permalink
  3. Rachel smith wrote:

    Love there food n the staff are just super fantastic ☺☺

    Friday, November 27, 2015 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

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