Baby loves a beigel or even a bagel. Being in New Zealand, it was the latter – delicious hand rolled and wood fired rings of delicious dough from Best Ugly Bagels in the City Works Depot.
It was nice to have a change of taste – usually I’m enjoying Brick Lane’s finest – dense and chewy beigels, but Al Brown’s take uses a Montreal style recipe. Montreal bagels are smaller, sweeter cousins of New Yorkers, with a larger hole. At Best Ugly they’re served up with a variety of toppings, such as pastrami, Swiss cheese, Habanero mustard and pickles, or the TAB – tomato avocado and basil. There’s even a full breakfast bagel if you’re an early bird.
Overall, I loved this place and enjoyed being able to see the inner workings of the process, although the tannoy style announcement of order up is a bit naff – especially if there’s only two of you waiting. That’s okay though, just order a flat white, grab your food and peace out in the sunshine.
Best Ugly Bagel
City Works Depot, Cnr Wellesley & Nelson Sts,
Auckland, 1010, NZ