Venue Image
SKYCITY Auckland,
86 Federal Streets,
Auckland Central
Auckland,
1010

(09) 363 7048

The ViewAuckland Review

StarStarStarStarStar
Review byBrett Atkinson22/08/2011

Vibe

Lots of recycled natural wood combines with an industrial tinge and white butchershop’s tiles for an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere.


Service

The Depot Eatery is laidback, but also knowledgeable and professional. A very good fit for the casual ambience of the restaurant, and perfectly reflecting owner Al Brown’s easygoing on-air TV personality.


Drinks List

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir on tap – yes, you read that right – and a concise but well-chosen winelist featuring the best of NZ with a couple of Aussie invited guests. For the beer fan, the Depot Eatery offering includes Tuatara Helles lager and Old Mout cider on tap, and a hoppy who’s who of Kiwi craft beer by the bottle. Well done to Al Brown for supporting NZ’s microbrewery scene.


Highlights

Depot Eatery just maybe Auckland’s most versatile new eatery, with everything from freshly-shucked oysters and cockles ($2.50 to $6 each) to hearty larger plates like wood-roasted chicken with a tomato and white-bean ragout ($29), and crisp pork hock with apple and horseradish salsa verde ($29). Battered snapper tortillas ($18) and smoked kahawai cakes ($14) are both superior bar snacks and compelling evidence of Al Brown’s renown with seafood.


Most Suprising Dish

Skirt steak with tobacco onions and habanero mustard ($24).


The Bottom Line

Al Brown’s first venture into the Auckland restaurant scene is a terrific combination of international flavours, locally-sourced produce and seafood, and a laidback but cosmopolitan vibe.


A Reason To Return

For another session matching Kiwi craft beers with Depot’s excellent small plates. We’re already lining up lamb ribs with skordalia and cumin paprika oil, and Depot’s thick-cut potato skins with manchego cheese and porcini salt. The breakfast combination of coffee, fresh beignets and Depot’s bacon roll is also a ‘must-try’.

Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar has been reviewed by 25 users
 

Most Read Today

image
01 Auckland's Best Malls

Check out our picks of the top five malls in Auckl...

image
02 The Descendants Interview

Director Alexander Payne and actor George Clooney ...

image
03 Miss Bala Interview

The star and director behind Mexican gangland crim...

image
04 Bethells Beach (Te Henga)

There’s no camping ground at Bethells Beach. There...

image
05 Saving Mr Banks Interview

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell talk ab...

Content updated: 28/06/2017 12:17

Restaurant Reviews

Get Onboard

Make It A Date

Connect

Latest Restaurants User Reviews

  • Giraffe
    to celebrate the Team NZ win of the America's Cup we decided to ...

    franko on 27/06/2017 @ 4:20 p.m.
  • 1947 Eatery
    Three friends with deep rooted passion for food and their Indian ...

    Chiana_Local_Hero on 24/06/2017 @ 12:17 p.m.
  • Corner Burger - Mt Eden
    Cheap and cheerful burger joint featuring excellent fries with ai...

    SarahK_LocalHero on 13/06/2017 @ 4:15 p.m.
  • Beatrix
    We stopped by and enjoyed the food and sun last Sunday. Lovely am...

    Anne Williams on 9/06/2017 @ 6:29 a.m.
  • Bedford Soda and Liquor Takapuna
    First class service, great food and fantastically well priced - B...

    dreadlockrasta on 20/05/2017 @ 6:54 p.m.
Hitwise Award Winner