At the heart of Ze Pickle is the bar; covered with American numbers plates painted copper it sets the scene for the whole venue. Add copper pipes, raw light bulbs, rusted steel tables, leather bar stools, a black and white stripy awning, the right crowd, some pumping beats – and you’ve got yourself some good vibes.
The truth is, you’re probably not cool enough to drink at Ze Pickle – but that shouldn’t stop you. Always packed on weekends, the bar can be found full of young 20 to 30-somethings meeting for a beer or three and chowing down some fine eats.
The Americana-influenced Ze Pickle is known for its burgers – ranging from full-size to sliders – and its sweet potato fries. Be sure to order a bowl ($8.50); the massive serving comes with housemade aioli. The only thing better than the taste of the food is the names of the menu items. Our favourite (name and flavour) is the Pablo Escoburger ($15) – ground wagyu, cheese, guacamole, queso spread, jalapeno aioli and corn chips. The crunch of the corn chips take the burger from tasty to flavour-sensation. Also found on the menu are philly cheese steak, pulled pork, lamb and chicken mixed with everything from goat’s cheese to bacon jam.
If you’re game, and for whatever reason need to prove your own masculinity (though, not excluding women here), go for the Triple Loco Burger ($34). Nicknamed “The Widow Maker”, the burger is made up of three wagyu patties, triple cheese, bacon jam, pulled pork, lettuce, tomato relish, caramelised onion, slaw and served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Sign the waiver and kiss your family goodbye.
The GC is a few steps behind the craft beer revolution, but not here. With a bunch on tap, including a delicious ginger beer, Ze Pickle will have your night sorted with everything from NYC to San Fran hops. On the cocktail side of things, try the Ryan Gosling – using gold leaf vodka the drink is as intense as the man himself.
Last but not least, we hope you’ve saved room for the Oreogazm – it’s every bit as pleasurable as it sounds. Oreos are coated in doughnut batter before being deep fried to perfection and served with ice-cream and chocolate sauce. Only your arteries will be complaining.