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The Elephant Wrestler makes a BIG IMPRESSION

If you haven’t been along to experience Takapuna’s newest bar on the Hurstmere Strip then we suggest you do. The Elephant Wrestler is very special.

The aim of host Paul Lomax was to create a bar that is just a “great local” and judging by the feedback he has certainly achieved that. Paul and his team have come up with a great formula that North Shore locals are loving. The name is catchy, the logo and branding is very clever and the actual bar really does provide you with that feeling of being right at home. A place where you can meet, enjoy good company, have a drink and eat great food. A feature of The Elephant Wrestler is a sensational garden bar – such an important part of an establishment of this type on the sunny North Shore. This will be very popular over the summer.
Paul Lomax describes the food as gastro-style. Google that term and you come up with... “Gastro food is quality food at a reasonable price served in a relaxed atmosphere”, and that’s exactly what you get at The Elephant Wrestler. The menu has been very well thought out as there is something for everyone.
The Elephant Wrestler starters are called “Small Plates” and there are 12 options to choose from – including flame grilled meat balls, salt and pepper prawns or herb crusted artichokes. Their three bread options, including roast garlic and herb or caramelised onion and oregano pizza bread are sensational. For those who want to share, an Antipasto or Quattro Platter at just over $30 are very affordable and filling.
Those looking for a smaller portion meal will really enjoy The Elephant Wrestler’s six “Lite” options (including soft shell crab) and there are four salad options as well – ceasar, chargrilled chicken breast, Italian and seared salmon.
As well as all these there are countless choices of main meals. The Grill has six options including Angus steaks, eye fillet as well as a lamb rump and half a spring chicken. Fish, beef ribs, duck au vin and the mushroom and blue cheese rissotto are some of the gastronomic delights on the ‘mains’ list as well. An interesting alternative, if you are in to sharing your main, are the four ‘carving boards for two’ priced from just $45. These are the Tamarind and chilli beef short ribs; twice cooked lamb shoulder; pork and crackling; drunken chicken.
If you are in to burgers, pasta, pizza or old favourite classic dishes you will also be spoilt at The Elephant Wrestler. There are five burgers on offer including the ‘sliders’ which is a plate of mini burgers, ideal for sharing. Pasta and pizza lovers have five and eight choices respectively and the ‘classics’ list includes fish and chips, bangers and mash, steak sandwich or chicken blat.
If all this doesn’t satisfy you then something from the dessert menu (maybe brulee, banana bread pudding or apple crumble) is bound to do the trick!
With no less than six large screens – and Heineken on tap – The Elephant Wrestler is obviously proving to be a very popular place to watch all the rugby action. In addition there is a live DJ every Thursday and Saturday night, live music on every Friday night and an ‘accoustic session’ every Sunday.

The Elephant Wrestler, 138 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna, Phone 489 8030.
Visit: www.elephantwrestler.co.nz. Open 7 days from 11am to late. 

We are now taking bookings for Christmas Functions.
Please contact us on 09 489 8030 or via Email admin@elephantwrestler.co.nz 

by Channel Editorial

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