Dr Rudis (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)
It was a long time for me to try this place out because I had several attempts going in here but most of them were cancelled due to another appointment and the last time before this post, we did not get admitted by the bouncers because were wearing shorts, but one thing funny, the ones before us wore shorts as well but they got in, so I don’t know what the shorts criteria, both of us were wearing dress shorts, might be my skin colour but that’s just my thoughts. I wanted to visit this place because a friend of mine told me it was a good spot and there is a free bowling alley and with our last office team night out, we got some tables.
It was a crowded Friday night and the music was loud, you can barely hear each other talk so if you plan to have conversation with your friends this place might not be suitable. Since it was crowded the bowling alley as well was well used, you have to be really lucky if you get a turn. I am not sure though if you can book the alley or not, it better be since there are only two lanes from what I saw.
Like I said there was heaps of people when we were here, so the ordering took a bit of time. It probably took around 30 minutes or more for our food to arrive after we ordered, good thing it was still freshly cooked and we are all hungry, so after the food was laid on our table, in a matter of minutes that 3-foot pizza was devoured completely.
We got three different flavours for pizza the Garlic and Three Cheese (NZ$48.00), made with Confit garlic base, bocconcini,
mozzarella, parmesan cheese & balsamic glaze. We also had the Hawaiian (NZ$54.00), made with champagne ham, pineapple &
mozzarella. Then the last one was Goats Cheese and Caramelized Onion (NZ$66.00), made with chèvre Goats cheese, caramelised
onions, field mushroom & mozzarella.
Pizza was good, toppings was delicious, but the base is sort of like the premium bases of fast food pizza, definitely not Italian style and it not as par as the ones Toto’s serve where is crunchy, bouncy and chewy. With beer you won’t notice it, and when hammered it’s much better, you just need a lining on your stomach to survive the night.
We also had chicken on the side, called Dr. Rudiʼs Chicken Wings (NZ$23.00), we grabbed the Hot one served w/ house-made blue cheese sauce. This basically was their redemption, it was a good chicken wing, nicely spiced and excellent dip.
So there you go, in simple words, it’s quite noisy in here, at least on a weekend, so if you want an intimate date or just to hang out with your friends and talk then this place is not the ideal location. If you want to get drunk, drink lots of beer and eat greasy bar food then this can be your choice, just don’t wear shorts or whatsoever, otherwise you might be denied entry.
Dr Rudi’s Rooftop Brewing Co.
Address: Level 2/204 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand