Tuesday12:00 – 9:00 pm.
Wednesday12:00 – 9:00 pm.
Thursday12:00 – 10:00 pm.
Friday12:00 – 11:00 pm.
Saturday12:00 – 11:00 pm.
298 Victoria Street
Tucked down the far end of Riverbank Lane, Mr. Pickles is a casual bar and eatery with a high standard of food, drink and service. Staff look super dapper in white tees and beige aprons, but mixed with the cheeky marketing and menu, this place is proof that a restaurant can be both suave and easy-going all at the same time. Operating from an impressive island bar, pull up a stool and watch the talented bar men strut their stuff, or take your tipple out to the impressive patio and watch the sun set over the mighty Waikato river.
Feeling hungry? Mr. Pickles has a full menu from midday onwards throughout the week so you can perch up here for eats too. Designed to share, the menu is not a fixed thing, but instead revolves around what customers want to see, and Mr. Pickles wait staff will cheerfully remind you that what works for you, works for them. The best choice for indecisive diners will likely be the ‘build your own’ charcuterie board which lets you choose from options like prosciutto, salami, chorizo, hummus, olives and a selection of cheeses. Proud to source goods from nearby growers, farmers and makers, Restaurant Manager 'Candy' will tell you that as important as it is to buy from local producers, it’s more important to simply buy off awesome people. Luckily for this Hamilton eatery, buying from the market on a weekend mean they can do both at once. Served up with bread, jams, preserves and pickles (obviously), this sharing board is the perfect ice breaker for any nervous first dates, or an easy way to impress out of towners with what’s good in Hamilton.
Early eaters can take their pick from some epic breakfast options like baked French toast, chorizo and hash or mushrooms on ciabatta, and if there’s a slightly dusty head in the crowd then a Bloody Mr. Pickles is sure to blow out any cobwebs.
Words by Rosie Morrison & Photography by Anna Briggs
298 Victoria Street
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