I have been longing for some poutine since my last memories were back in Montreal two years ago. I decided to make the effort to get myself into Auckland CBD to Federal Delicatessen where I knew they did a decent poutine (for New Zealand standards).
Federal Delicatessen is set out like an American diner with a selection of booth style seating, bar seating and your usual table and chairs.
Poutine – Even though this is not one of the healthiest things you can eat, it is certainly one of my favourite Canadian dishes. Crunchy gold fries served with cheese curds and gravy is just a mouthful in heaven and I would like to thank that person who decided to concoct this famous dish.
Clam cioppino w Cloudy Bay clams and tomato, pernod & crayfish broth – we got this to share between my mum and I. One of the good things when you are sharing a dish specially with the soups is that the staff can serve it up into two bowls. The soup was delicious containing a decent amount of shellfish.
House pastrami smoked brisket w pickles & mustard – very moist and tender. My mum was very much impressed with the pastrami
Between the two of us, this was definitely enough food. Two small dishes (soup and pastrami) and a large portion of poutine which I ate most of. Service here is excellent. Staff were not only friendly but very helpful, suggesting that what we had ordered was more than enough as well as ensuring our plates were taken away when needed to and water was regularity topped up. Only down side is that if you bring an infant in nappies, there are no changing facilities.
Will definitely return again for my poutine fix. I just wish Al Brown could have set something like this in Wellington.
Location: 86 Federal Street, Auckland