Depot is the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year 2019 Best All-Day Restaurant runner up. To see a full rundown of all our winners, click here.
Somewhere along the line, Al Brown’s Depot – once the hottest new restaurant in town, with its oysters shucked to order and easy charm – became something of a classic in Auckland. The room is pleasantly rustic – all beaten-up wooden leaners and high stools; wine comes in tumblers and cutlery in tins – but the vibe is polished. A delivery of koha (bread and dip) should be followed by some freshly shucked oysters. And it’s also not a Depot visit without those hapuka sliders, the pickled lemon mayo dancing on your taste buds, and the squid ink linguine which straddles the balance between light and umami beautifully. Staff flit through the space like a conducted symphony, harmonising a pitch-perfect night with some damn good food. Best of all: you can return the following morning for a long black and a bacon-and-egg doona.
What it offers: Shared-plate options / Good seating outside / Bar
A favourite dish: Pork hock
Runner-up, Best All-Day Restaurant
Finalist, Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Best Dish
Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days
Chef: Al Brown, executive chef; Andrew Mackle, head chef
86 Federal St