With a name that means ‘the heart and soul’ in Japanese, it’s clear right from the off what the proprietors of this new-age joint are out to provide for their customers. Set in a quiet side street off the very trendy, very busy, Ponsonby Road, Cocoro is a refreshing delight. The fish is so fresh you wouldn’t be surprised if it dove off your plate, but the really interesting thing about this place is the layout. It might be a slightly different dining experience from what you’re used to: more intimate, for one thing. There is only space for 40 people here, with seating spread along the wall and a large communal table set in the middle of the room. Being seated at the latter is reminiscent of being in a sushi-train restaurant, and the effect is quite fun.