I finally tried Depot this weekend, it first opened all the way back in 2011 so has been around for a while. The no bookings policy makes things a bit tricky as we’ve got two small children at home and we usually don’t want to spend our precious nights out without children waiting hours for a table.
We were told on Sunday night that a table for four would take 30 to 40 minutes (which is a much better time than the hour and a half we were told last time we tried to go) so we took a seat at a spare outside table and started with some beer and cider. We were pleasantly surprised when we were called inside after only 15 minutes.
Depot is always busy and its easy to see why, the wait staff were friendly and full of personality and the food was amazing.
We tried a range of dishes including the Tio Point oysters and Tuatuas from the raw bar; the turbot sliders with pickled lemon mayo and watercress; cumin battered warehou tortillas with slaw, tomatillo sauce and corriander; fergus bone marrow, wood roasted with parsley and shallot salad; mini yorkshire puddings with slow roasted lamb; crisp pork hock with apple and horseradish salsa verde and the potato skins with gouda and porcini salt.
Of all the dishes, the bone marrow was the only disappointing one, being very greasy and rich without a lot of flavour. However, everything else was outstanding, the sliders were probably the best dish of the night, soft, fresh white buns, crispy fish fried to perfection and creamy, zingy mayo. I also loved the tortillas, the fish was perfectly spiced and complimented by its accompaniments.
We moved onto dessert and decided to share two, a sugar pie with cream and an Eton mess. The sugar pie was nice but a bit boring, really sweet and a light caramel flavour but I found it a bit of a nothing dish. However, the Eton mess was delicious, crunchy meringue, cream, ice cream and fresh new season strawberries.
The service we received was a bit patchy. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and charming, they ensured our drinks were always topped up and even put a candle in one of the desserts and sang Happy Birthday for one of my friends. On the flip side we received a dish we didn’t order and one of our sides, the slaw was missed.
Overall, we had a very enjoyable night and I am definitely keen to return, maybe for lunch or mid week when the wait hopefully isn’t too long. Although the good news is that if a table isn’t available at Depot, the new Al Brown eatery The Fed is just next door.