The relatives are slowly coming for the big event, my brother’s wedding. One by one, they are all coming, and my dear cousin, Ir, have been here for a few days now. He has heard about the Bavarian Bier Café from his friends and was dying to try out the beers. Mind you, he is not really big on beers so I was interested to see how much he can drink! I for one am not fan of beers, it just makes me feel bloated and surprisingly, I get drunk a lot quicker!
I met Ir after work one evening, he was pretty relaxed, as he should be on holidays! We rocked up at Bavarian Bier Café on York Street and were seated immediately. It was a busy evening, the place was buzzing with people in suits having a quick drink with friends and dinner.
After much perusing, Ir decided to have the Paulaner Premium Pils. I was trying to convince him to get the 1 litre beer, and thankfully he didn’t listen to my stupid idea! He would have made me drink it and well, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it. I am no expert on beer, but this was seriously bitter. Ir seems to have enjoyed it though, but he did say that he still prefers to drink wine – how can you not? No comparison really!
Ir opted for the mixed char-grilled sausages – a selection of gourmet Bavarian sausages served with Sebago mash and sauerkraut. It was a huge serving, five delicious looking char-grilled sausages. I didn’t have any, but he devoured this and absolutely enjoyed it. He wasn’t a huge fan of the sauerkraut though, but demolished the mash and the sauces.
I was torn between the crackling roast belly served with granny smith apple compote and sautéed potatoes and Bavarian tasting platter – succulent pork belly, sausages and schnitzel all served with Traditional Bavarian Condiments. I wanted variety, so tasting platter it was. It was also a big serving, but I was looking forward to it – a mix of things to try.
The sausages were absolutely tasty, mini-size and char-grilled served with sauerkraut. The sausages were tender, succulent, three different types, and my favourite was of course the pork!
Two small pieces of juicy, luscious and scrumptiously good, chicken schnitzel! The accompanying sauce was just perfect, with the tenderly chicken schnitzel. The roast pork belly was good but not the best I have eaten. The meat was not as tender as I had hope. The crackling though, was divine. It was crunchy, gooey, crispy and deliciously satisfying! The crackling was definitely the best part. It was a ‘good’ size, I think any bigger I would have been sick.
The tasting platter was definitely a great choice – a taste of everything. I gave Ir a taste of the schnitzel and he certainly enjoyed it.
It certainly has been a while since I last visited the Bavarian Bier Cafe. The food is not too bad for ‘pub’-like, bit on the expensive side, but the tasting platter was absolutely tasty! It has great atmosphere and service is really friendly. Very modern, and relaxing, great décor and well if you like beer and would like to try different types then this is the place for you.
We sat there catching up about life in general. It has only been 3 months since I last saw him, but I have certainly missed him. In fact, talking to him made me realize how I miss everyone back home.
It was a great evening catching up with my dear cousin – I have missed you!
GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
24 York Street