DE­POT

Cuisine - Good Food Guide - - Auckland -

15/20

The X-fac­tor is such a hard thing to nail, yet De­pot’s had it in spades since day one. Some of it’s thanks to the slick ser­vice from wel­com­ing and clued-up staff; an­other por­tion’s due to the lo­ca­tion, set in the heart of theatre and ho­tel land; a lot of it’s down to the de­cep­tively sim­ple, flavour-packed food. But that last sprin­kling of magic that de­fines De­pot’s suc­cess is, of course, down to the ge­nius of owner Al Brown – he saw the kind of laid­back, rol­lick­ing­good-time of a joint that Auck­lan­ders didn’t yet know they were crav­ing, then nailed its de­liv­ery. From day­break till long af­ter dark, the high ta­bles and bar stools are thronged with happy din­ers. Eat your fill from the spank­ingly fresh raw bar then share the likes of cumin-crusted lamb ribs with sko­rdalia. And save room for the sig­na­ture De­pot sugar pie.

86 Fed­eral St, City, 09 363 7045, eatat­de­pot.co.nz Break­fast, lunch & din­ner 7 days; big­ger share plates $28-$35

Good times and IN BRIEF punchy flavours

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