|Al's Deli is larger than you might think.|
|Selection of bagels.|
|Retro chairs, sauce bottles and more complete the picture.|
Now, I don't have anything against bagels—in fact I like them a lot—but I am not really a connoisseur of them. So I can't give any commentary as to whether the ones at Al's Deli are better than those at Best Ugly. They do look and taste pretty similar, though they might be a bit firmer, and are also around the same size—one bagel seems too small for lunch, while two is too much. I know I shouldn't be judging on the packaging, but I love the paper wrapper emblazoned with the Al's Deli logo when you get your bagel sandwich to take away.
|Takeaway bagel wrapped in custom-designed paper.|
|Brisket hash, poached eggs, hollandaise and watercress.|
|Poutine with hand-cut fries, homemade cheese curds and gravy.|
If you are not that hungry, then bagels are the obvious choice.
Anything with their smoked brisket is great, and their poached eggs are just right. And though I hesitate to recommend poutine except as a novelty, you can't really go to a Canadian restaurant without ordering one at least once.
You actually have a bunch of options here, from bagels filled with avocado and/or cream cheese, to eggs benedict, to haloumi salad. And desserts are vegetarian too of course, including the moose ears, cronuts and any specials such as the salted apple pie fries currently on offer.
|Bagels, poutine, salads, sides and drinks menu.|
1/492 Queen Street, Auckland Central (entrance off City Road)
(09) 373 2961
Mondays to Wednesdays 7am - 8pm
Thursdays to Fridays 7am - late
Saturdays 9am - late
Sundays 9am - 3pm
|The entrance to Al's Deli is on City Road.|
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