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“Fantastic!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of al's deli

al's deli
Ranked #171 of 2,198 Restaurants in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$14
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: We make beautifully hand crafted deli food. If you are craving freshly baked bagels, Smoked cured brisket on sourdough rye, home cured maple and cherry smoked bacon, home made lox, home made cheese curds and poutine, we are the best place in Auckland for it. We are also the only establishment in New Zealand to serve Canadian beers.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Popped in for lunch with a visitor from England after reading good things about Al's. It was a sunny Saturday about lunchtime and the place was busy. First impressions were great. Warm and chatty welcome from the staff, food in the cabinets looked fresh and delicious (especially the sweet things) and a table in the corner where we spent some time trying to decide what to order from the menu. Difficult because everything sounded good. In the end we ordered a hot dog and burger from the specials menu, a sandwich, poutine and a vanilla milk shake. It was all delicious but the stand out was poutine (hand cut fries with home made cheese curds and thick tasty gravy). You must try it.
We didn't have room to try any of the pies, tarts or cakes all made on the premises but we'll be back.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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100 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Not the best experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

I went here for dinner with a friend, enticed by the North American treats. We had dinner, which possibly isn't the main time of day that this place thrives. It was pretty much deserted, the atmosphere was bleak and the staff relatively unhelpful. The meals were average, but we got what we paid for - it was cheap, quick and easy.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sheridan2808
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“GREAT FOR EVERYBODY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We had a family weekend away in the city. Took my mother and our two children here for dinner. Our daughter is gluten intolerant, it was good to have the choice of gluten free bagels, but sadly they had sold out, we were able to select some dinner options that were gluten free. Steaks were a decent size and cooked to perfection. Prices are extremely reasonable. Much cheaper than Queens Street Prices. Would definitely go again.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Janine D
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Poutine and Bagels!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Having been away from Canada for 2 years it was great to be able to relax with real Poutine and watch a replay of a Habs playoff game. I stopped in a couple days later for a quick breakfast of a Bagel and latte and was not disappointed. Great food and Wonderful, friendly staff. I will be back for the Cronuts!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MissN_R2
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Auckland, New Zealand
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Hangover Cuuure!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

I'd seen Al's Deli on Facebook and had been aching to try it. I finally got there on Sunday after a pretty large night on the town and boy did that menu hit the spot. Root beer float and fried chicken sandwich combo, wish I'd had it on a bagel because those bagels were amazing! (Got a couple to take away).

On the negative side I don't think they have enough ventilation in there. It's quite a decadent menu and obviously requires fats and oils but you can smell them in the air and it's slightly unpleasant. If it was the smell of that fried chicken or 'moose ears' it'd be a different story.

Bagels, homemade chips and a root beer float are an absolute must!

I may need a nose clamp next time but I'll be back in the near future non the less!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank logannz
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