86 Federal Streets,
(09) 363 7048
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Dining at Al Brown’s Depot is like falling in love with New Zealand. The rustic and charming fit-out of this Federal St eatery is quite cool.
The pictures are very kiwi-ana not cliché Italian pictures, like pictures of a group of men standing around, hands wrapped around tall, brown beer bottles.
The menu headlines with "EAT UP" in bold print - and that's exactly what we did. Tagged as an eatery and oyster bar, Depot has the most incredibly simple and tempting menu that embraces the very best of what New Zealand has to offer today.
We started with the fish sliders and the beef encased in small, soft, warm flour tortilla with slaw. They were both good.
Then we had a larger dish, also to share, of a whole pork hock which came slow-roasted and served with a hit of horseradish and apple salsa. It was soft in places, crispy in others. Divine.
As we are both sweet tooths we had to sample something on the Dessert menu and so enjoyed the Cream Pie which was delectably silky and melt in your mouth.
The staff were friendly, helpful and witty. On accidently bumping my wine over they quickly replaced it with a free replacement. Now that’s service!
Depot feels and tastes like New Zealand. It makes me proud to be a kiwi. Thanks Al. I’ll be back real soon!
Cant stay away from Depot such a cool space with awesome vibe
Food and service are amazing this is defiently New Zealand hospitality at its best ..
What can I say,This place is wonderful!
Staff is super friendly, always with an eye on your table so they can fill the water etc, the food is really nice!
The big dishes are good enough to share between 2 people.
When you order an entree , lets say with 3 *something*, if you are a couple they always ask if you would like to add an extra 1 so can eat 2 each... really nice people, food, atmosphere, everything!!
Had my first experience of The Depot on Monday night - a great decision as we didn't have to wait at all and it was not heaving with people as it has been when I have walked by in the past. The food was delicious - beautiful, tasty Hapuka and perfect mayo on the sliders, meaty lamb ribs with a spicy rub, and crunchy potato skins topped with cheese. The atmosphere and the staff were great but our waiter was just too pushy - always trying to upsell at every opportunity, to the point where it became quite annoying. Apart from that, fantastic!
Depot is a great restaurant but ridiculous wait during dinner.
Depot has been on my to-do list for ages and yesterday finally got the chance to go. It was packed and all the foodie stars were in attendance (Al Brown, Kyle Street and Sean Connelly) so keeping good company.
Managed to get a table outside after not too long. It was lunch, so we shared the ribs which were fantastic and the pulled pork sliders - both dishes perfect for sharing.
Must be said - coffee is fantastic too.
On this evidence I'll certainly be returning to Depot Eatery soon!
We went to Depot Eatery on Sat afternoon, I dont eat fish so would be a challenge for me, we decided to sit outside, got the menu, very very friendly staff!! we order chicken and steak.. what can i say.. AMAZING!!!!the presentation and the flavours were just incredible! The staff were always checking up on us, making sure we had drinks and food... Recommend it big time!! (even the noisy protest on the street didnt kill our great experience)A+++
Been to Depot at least a half dozen times but only in the afternoons - until this week! What a fantastic excuse for a breakfast meeting. The toasted muesli complete with summer fruit is a healthy indulgence if you dont want to go for the usual suspects - and coupled with great coffee, just another reason to head to Depot at all times of the day.
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