After looking around the strip and seeing the overpriced breakfasts that were being charged we decided to ask a local where to go. Breakfast prices along the river are more than Auckland.
We were told to go to The Loaded Hog. They do bacon and toast and hashbrowns with two eggs cooked however you like for only $7.50. Eggs on toast are $5.00 and hotcakes are $8.00.
You can also have eggs benedict for $11.50. Good hearty honest breakfast here.
Favorite Dish: No favourite dish, just generous portions which is good.
The Loaded Hog has become Malbas
I really cannot believe that they have closed the Loaded Hog. It was one of our favourites, due to the great decor, the comfortable seating, the casual atmosphere and the big portions of not very healthy food ;-) It was always busy, no idea why they closed.
On the premises you now find a "Number 1 Student Bar", a bar and nighclub full of pool tables. Surely no place for us to go back. If you are young and interested in pool, there are plenty of happy hours and drink specials to get drunken easily. The new name is "Malbas", with an additional sign of "Vodka Cruiser". As if New Zealand did not already had a big enough drinking problem...
My review of the no more existing Loaded Hog
Happy Hours, House Beer and Good Food
The Loaded Hog does not only offer value for money but also has great atmosphere with the fun chalk drawings on the walls (50 per cent rugby orientated), the comfortable high tables with the bar stools in the entrance area, a lot of seating and the wooden floors and bar.
Although there are a lot of huge TV screens on the walls (mostly sports...) they do not disturb the conversations.
The food is not fancy but genuine and served in big portions, from salads, soup of the day, pasta and gourmet pizzas to steaks, spare ribs, fish'n'chips and burgers. The chips for the kids come in mini buckets.
The Loaded Hog brews its own beer, and there is a good selection of different beer to chose from. There are Happy Hours nearly every day. They have special events and late-night dance parties, Swing Nights on Wednesdays, Latin Nights on Thursdays, cocktail specials and Ladies' Nights on Fridays, live bands on most weekends, and, of course, live rugby on TV.
Open 7 days and already for breakfast.
My favourites were pasta of the day and Caesar Salad - just perfect.