Metro Top 50 Restaurants 2017: Depot

WINNER- Best Inner-City Bistro

For the latest review, see the 2018 review of Depot.

Depot

Inner-City Bistro—Contemporary

There’s never a lull at Al Brown’s Depot, because even when there’s a table free on arrival (the no-booking policy means you still need to get there early), the staff are trained to be allergic to inertia. They buzz around the butcher-tiled, bach-style dining room, delivering plates of complimentary flatbread when you sit down, recommending wines from a list they’re intimately familiar with, and every now and then, taking photos for families of tourists who want to remember this moment. The food, which revolutionised the Auckland dining scene when Depot opened in 2011, is unforgettable. To think of Depot is to taste the zingy pickled lemon mayo in the hapuku sliders, the gooey woodroasted bone marrow, the sweet, sweet sugar pie. It’s a celebration of provenance with nostalgic heart. Our love for Depot endures.

A favourite dish
Squid ink linguine and Cloudy Bay clams with hand-cut pasta, Olaf’s ficelle, Salash chorizo and sauvignon blanc sauce.

What it offers
Shared-plate options / Good seating outside / Free-range chicken and/or pork / Bar / Craft beer selection

Hours—B L D 7 days
Bookings—No
Price—$$
Seats—110
Chef—Al Brown, executive chef; Andrew Mackle, head chef

CENTRAL CITY
86 Federal St
Ph 363-7048
eatatdepot.co.nz

Awards
Winner, Best Inner-City Bistro




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