Best Ugly Bagels

I’m sold. These Montreal bagels are terribly tasty. Within one week, I’d been there twice already.

Best Ugly Bagels is located in the growing City Works Depot, headed by Al Brown, the mastermind behind Depot Eatery (previous blog post here) and the upcoming Federal Delicatessen. These no-salt bagels are crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside and have a slight tinge of honey sweetness. We had the TAB ($8) with tomato, avocado and basil, and the YODI ($10) with pastrami, swiss, habanero mustard and pickle. They were matched to perfection. The ingredients are paired so well, to a certain point they’ll be able to make you eat things you normally wouldn’t, as my companions tell me – obviously they were referring to things like mustard and pickle, or so I hope. Personally, I enjoyed these two over the KING ($12) which has lox, capers, red onion and cream cheese. There wasn’t enough salmon. Aside from the sesame bagel there is also the poppy, plain ugly and cinnamon and raisin. Do try the sweet spreads, the peanut butter and jelly combo ($4.50) was delicious. Best Ugly have recipes listed on their website for you to make at home, go for it if you will but I’ll like mine straight from the fire.

Wood-fired bagels, what’s there not to love?

Other restaurants at City Works Depot that we have blogged and reviewed: Food Truck Garage.

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Best Ugly Bagels.
City Works Depot. Cnr Wellesley & Nelson Street, Auckland Central.


  1. Yummm!! I’ve been planning to come here and The Food Truck Garage too, you’re psychic haha. Which type of bagel (sesame, plain etc.) would you recommend?

    • Haha spot on! Hmm I like the sesame one, but the poppy looks good too.

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