An old Ponsonby establishment emerges as the cool new local pub.
Last week we welcomed Little Easy to Ponsonby Road. A self proclaimed pub, and a very cool one at that, Little Easy is ready and waiting to become the new local. It feels like a local too, with tables spilling out onto the footpath, relaxed staff and comfortable but delicious food.
Standing proudly at the top of Franklin Road, the building has undergone renovations that completely redefine the place. The industrial window frames on the street front stretch up two levels and let the light spill into the rum bar on the second floor – a perfect little nook to watch the afternoon in Ponsonby go by.
Although owner Andrew ‘Red’ Roborgh insists that Little Easy isn’t trying to be any more than a pub, the food is certainly better than your average pub fare. The menu isn’t groundbreaking but the team at Little Easy aren’t trying to redefine the Auckland food scene. They’re serving up good food, executed well, that everyone will love.
The menu is American inspired and the burger section is where it really gets interesting. We tried the light, sweet brioche buns encasing the Double Bacon – Double Cheese Burger cooked to a perfect medium rare, and the naughty but incredibly delicious Chicken Burger. The toasties, a true pub classic, also have the Little Easy spin on them. The Philly Cheesesteak Toastie is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up (with a beer in hand, of course) or you could be brave and try ‘The Elvis’; a peanut butter, banana and bacon toastie named after its hero and creator.
When the sun has gone, the enormous VW van upstairs turns into a DJ booth and the upper level becomes home to the night owls. For those wanting to explore in the daylight hours, whether for after work drinks, a beer and burger in the sun or a quiet afternoon bite, Little Easy is the perfect new local.
198 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland.