5 different ways every foodie can enjoy Al Brown's cooking
Food and Drink

5 different ways every foodie can enjoy Al Brown's cooking

Al Brown wearing a helmet while holding a paper bag on blue scooter

Read the book, eat the pie – is there anything this man can’t do? These are all the ways you can enjoy Al Brown's coveted cooking.

1. Go to Depot Eatery

Depot Eatery (“Open since 7am”) has been a buzzy, casual fixture in Federal St in Auckland for yonks. Get your oysters shucked fresh, your wine in a carafe and your potato skins with manchego.

2. Visit The Fed

Next door is Federal Delicatessen (“The Fed”) – Al’s take on the New York deli, and home of the best chicken sandwich.

Waitress behind bar in retro mint uniform in diner

3. Try Best Ugly

Then there’s Best Ugly Bagels, an homage to the hand-rolled holey dough-goods of Montreal, with three stores each in Wellington and Auckland.

Laden crostini with lemon wedges on wooden boards

4. Buy the produce

You can also buy the bagels online, along with Al’s own Old Yella Habanero Mustard and olive oils.

But wait, there’s more!

5. Read the Books

He’s also written four books: Go Fish, Stoked, Depot: Biography of a Restaurant and Eat Up New Zealand, all available from

Eat Up New Zealand cook book illustrated cover
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