Al Brown's Depot is Auckland's Top Restaurant!

Federal St eatery Depot has taken out the accolade of Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year while five-time previous supreme award winner The French Café is runner up. Depot also takes out the Best City Bistro award while The French Café gains awards for Best Service, Best Chef (co-owner Simon Wright) and Best Fine Dining Restaurant.

Now in their 13th year, the Metro Restaurant of the Year Awards was held in Auckland last night with a new sponsor in Peugeot. Depot was supreme award winner in 2012 and also won Best Casual Bistro in 2013. 
Al Brown, Depot
Metro editor Simon Wilson says, “In a town where the quality of fine dining and smart dining are both getting better every year, it’s remarkable that a busy city bistro manages to match them every step of the way. The food is terrific, the service is outstanding and the atmosphere so exciting. Four years after it opened, Depot is still the busiest place in town.”

Wilson says the judges are especially pleased to award Depot the supreme prize in the wake of the fire it suffered just a few weeks ago. “In fact, the judges had their final meeting on the same day as the fire. We didn’t know about it when we made our decisions, but it does feel right to be able to say we have every faith they will bounce back as strongly as ever.” 

The coveted Restaurateur of the Year Award goes to enterprising duo Mark Wallbank and chef Che Barrington who operate four restaurants, three of which made it to the Top 50 Restaurants in 2015 (The Blue Breeze Inn, MooChowChow, Woodpecker Hill). Wallbank and Barrington also picked up awards for Best New Restaurant for Woodpecker Hill and the Peugeot People’s Choice Award for Auckland’s Favourite Dish, The Blue Breeze Inn’s renowned pork buns. Woodpecker Hill is also a runner up in the Best Room Category. 

Mark Wallbank and Che Barrington
Japanese restaurant Cocoro takes out the Best Drinks Service and Best Smart Dining Restaurant awards. Other notable achievements this year include the fact that two of the four restaurants making a comeback to the top 50 are on the winners list. Ponsonby Road stalwart Prego is judged Best Renewal while Mt Eden’s Molten is judged Best Value for Money.

Of the nine new restaurants gracing this year’s Metro Top 50, only Odettes in City Works Depot has been able to achieve the ultimate accolade in any category, taking out Best Room. It is also runner-up in the Best All-day Restaurant category.

Odettes
Other category winners include Ortolana (Best All-day Restaurant), The Engine Room (Best Neighbourhood Restaurant), Poderi Crisci (Best Destination Dining Restaurant) and Ima (Best Shared Table).

The full list of finalists can be found here.

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The Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards 2015 Category Winners

THE METRO PEUGEOT RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR: 

SUPREME WINNER Depot
Runner up The French Café 

THE PEUGEOT PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR AUCKLAND’S FAVOURITE DISH:

Winner Pork buns, The Blue Breeze Inn

BEST FINE-DINING: 

The French Café 
Co-runner up Sidart
Co-runner up The Grove

BEST SMART-DINING:                                     

Cocoro
Runner up Clooney

BEST CITY BISTRO: 

Depot
Co-runner up Coco’s Cantina
Co-runner up Ponsonby Road Bistro

BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT: 

The Engine Room
Runner up Cazador

BEST DESTINATION RESTAURANT: 

Poderi Crisci
Runner up Casita Miro

RESTAURATEUR OF THE YEAR: 

Che Barrington & Mark Wallbank, 
MooChowChow, The Blue Breeze Inn & Woodpecker Hill 

BEST CHEF: 

Simon Wright, The French Café
Co-runner up Ben Bayly, Baduzzi & The Grove
Co-runner up Sid Sahrawat, Cassia and Sidart

BEST SERVICE: 

The French Café 

BEST DRINKS SERVICE:

Cocoro
Co-runner up Molten
Co-runner up Ponsonby Road Bistro

BEST NEW RESTAURANT: 

Woodpecker Hill

BEST SHARED TABLE: 

Ima

BEST ALL DAY RESTAURANT:                                   

Ortolana
Co-runner up Odettes

BEST ROOM: 

Odettes
Highly commended Woodpecker Hill

BEST RENEWAL:                                             

Prego

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY:                             

Molten

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