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Ember - CLOSED

60 Church Road | Pukete, Te Rapa., Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
+64 7-850 9339
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“pork skewers” (6 reviews)
“pecan pie” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Barbecue, Street Food
60 Church Road | Pukete, Te Rapa., Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I would avoid this place like the Plague, apart from the spider in the blue cheese dip the place been understaffed AND the fact we didn’t get a complementary drinks or percentage off our bill the place has been SOLD and the staff are no...More

1  Thank chrissy09-10
Reviewed 3 April 2018

My first real Ember experience, other than meetings over coffee. I went on Easter Sunday to celebrate my 18th wedding anniversary (18th... crikey... time flies). We were served by the friendly and has-the-coolest-name-ever Gal. We enjoyed the fact that Ember supports local breweries, and ordered...More

1  Thank GreigM
Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

In a slightly unexpected location but away from the madding crowds of The Base. Thoroughly recommend. Great Robata grill menu and mix of outdoor porch and indoor space. Pork skewers were scrummy with coleslaw and my husbands S&P squid most enjoyable. Reasonable sized plates for...More

Thank AngelaFaye74
Reviewed 16 March 2018

Before the change of owner, this used to be our favourite place, as we frequently came for dinner. However, the owner has changed the menu and upped the prices by almost double for half the portion. This service was still good, they understood our frustrations....More

Thank Toby_Ano
Mark S, General Manager at Ember, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2018

Hi Tony, thank for your review The menu changes and price jump was unfortunately driven by a new Head Chef who had started at the same time as the new owner purchased Ember. He left us in November and since then we have brought back...More

Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

Visited here on Sunday after receiving poor service at another venue where we were unable to get attention of staff to place an order. Unfortunately for us this was not the last stop for the evening. When we arrived we were greeted promptly and were...More

2  Thank ainsleeash
MarkEmber, General Manager at Ember, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

HI Ainsleeash Sorry about your lack of service that night. Sunday nights are not usually a terribly busy night for us so there was only a couple of staff on that night. I spoke to them about their delay in getting to you promptly, it...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018

Reasonably priced food. Loved the mac cheese balls. Lots of spicy food on the mail menu which is not my thing really so ended up having the pumpkin salad which was really nice.

Thank Leanne M
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Easy to find on the North side of Hamilton, easy parking and modern premises. The staff were attentive and efficient with high tech ordering on a quiet night. All mains are Japanese grilled on a skewer, with good taste and suitable salads, a simple menu...More

Thank Chris-Brigg
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Salt n pepper squid ok, mac n cheese balls very good, was lookin forward to the pork belly, but they had run out with the wedding party there that night, settled for the pulled brisket burger. Disappointed no embers to be seen, no smoke to...More

Thank Mark H
Mark S, General Manager at Ember, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Mark H I'm sorry to hear you had a disappointing experience here at Ember. We do cook some items on gas like most restaurants, however we do have a Japanese Robata Grill, using charcoal, sitting prominently at the front of our open kitchen, which...More

Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Went to Ember to celebrate my birthday with family. We had booked our table a week in advance. I asked twice for our table when we arrived. There was a big wedding on in the restaurant. We told our meal would take a hour because...More

Thank Kara-Lee C
Mark S, General Manager at Ember, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Hi Kara, apologies about saturday night. We do normally roster on extra staff when we have functions on, however one of our chefs and one of our FOH team had called in sick very last minute. The girl who would of been serving your section...More

Reviewed 19 February 2018

The evenind sunset views were beautiful over the hills Highly recommend the smalls (tapas) a good selection and really delicious. The big's (mains) we found to be a little chewy but tasty enough, but I would forgo these and have a few more of the...More

Thank Matryn7856
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  • Address: 60 Church Road | Pukete, Te Rapa., Hamilton 3200, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Hamilton
  • Phone Number: +64 7-850 9339
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Ember Eatery & Bar: here at Ember we focus our cuisine on traditional BBQ styles from the Americas.. USA, South America and Central America, but with a twist. Our charcoal fired grill is a Japanese Robata Grill which is primarily used to cook Skewers. So American (North & South) with a Japanese twist. Added to this on our menu is a some classic street food dishes from around the world. The Bar at Ember is focused on quality but affordable cocktails and a Local craft beers.
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