As a big fan of Al Brown, I had been looking forward to visiting Federal Delicatessen ever since it had opened. Taking inspiration from the Jewish delis of New York, Al Brown has recreated his own in little ol' Auckland.
I am told that booking is not necessary for groups of less than ten and I was afraid of a long wait. Fortunately it is quite spacious inside, despite the small shop front. The Fed is situated right next door to another Al Brown restaurant called Depot and the two restaurants share a hallway.
The interior resembles a stripped back diner and all the wait staff are dressed to suit. There are seats up near the bar and cooking area, as well as more private booths along one side for groups of four. Old jazz was playing over the speakers and it felt like we had stepped back in time.
|Cherry Cola - $5, Vanilla Egg Cream $6|
The menu at The Fed is quite varied and extensive but, as we all know, too much choice can sometimes be a bad thing. Luckily, our waiter was super helpful and was able to help us pick a few dishes to share after much indecisiveness from the group.
|Matzo Ball Soup - $16|
|Matzo Ball Soup up close|
|Smoked Kahawai Cakes - $14|
|Veal Schnitzel - $28|
|Spit Roast Chicken - $23|
|Grilled Zucchini - $8|
|NY Cheesecake - $11.50, Banana & Toffee Pie - $11.50|
The Fed is a must visit if you're in the mood for something a little bit different. The menu is full of interesting items and I've already decided what I'm ordering when I return!
Federal Delicatessen can be found opposite the Sky Tower at 86 Federal St, Auckland, New Zealand
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