Ralph’s Bar & Eatery

We don’t go out often as a family. There are a few reasons: our kids are still a little too young (1, 2 and 9), to keep still for long periods of time; we’re on one income so money is tight; time is short and it’s hard to get us all in the same place.

Ralphs’ Bar & Eatery recently opened in Dominion Road in Auckland. I’d heard about it from Denizen and my partner had friends who’d been there recently and raved about it.

So, today we decided to herd the kids up and head on over for an early dinner. A really early dinner. I mean super-early. It was 3.30. We did this so that there would be less people there if (when) the kids started acting up.

The wait staff were absolutely amazing and treated us so well. Even though we were the only people there for some time, we didn’t feel like it was odd in any way and it didn’t take away from the lovely ambience.

We sat in one of three booths that were available, but there was also a beautiful courtyard outside with hanging plants and long tables that would be perfect for upcoming summer evenings.

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The food was amazing. I hadn’t fully appreciated that Ralph’s was a Mexican themed burger bar, so most of the food was quite spicy. My partner and I loved it. The kids were a little more selective.

We started out with stuffed halapeno peppers (pictured above) which had the perfect balance of being crispy on the outside and soft and delicious on the inside. We also had spicy fried chicken that had just the right balance of spices and an especially lovely rich chipotle flavour.

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For mains we all ordered burgers, of course.

The kids all had cheeseburgers and curly fries and I was reliably informed that they were delicious.

My partner had the fish burger which had a more delicate flavour with a light caper mayonnaise.

I had a braised pulled oxtail burger which was rich, rich, rich. Obviously slow-cooked over a long period of time it had tonnes of flavour. It wasn’t the easiest to eat, but it was delicious.

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With our meals we enjoyed a crisp clean IPA from the Good George Brewing Company.

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All the burgers were served on a brioche bun that added a nice sweetness to the savoury fillings.

Just when I thought we were filled to the brim, our lovely waitress asked if we would like to share the desert of the day. After the kids all gave me doe eyes, we said yes to the brioche bread and butter pudding with dates and butterscotch.

What a delicious desert. It was soft and smooth and was a hit with everyone. The crispy walnut bits added another level of texture and dimension.

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All in all it ws a lovely experience, with good food and impeccable service. For all 5 of us it was just over NZ$100.00 so was a treat, but worth it.