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Published August 14th 2016
A Touch of Bavaria in Mooloolaba
Bavarian Beach Bar & Cafe, Image: Elaine de Wet
Looking for a night out with an authentic Bavarian atmosphere? Then look no further ... we have the Bavarian Beach Bar & Cafe in Mooloolaba, who offer pukka Bavarian and German meals, beers, wine and Schnapps - you can even get a Schnapps Tasting Paddle of three different flavours for only $12!
Hubby and I decided a night out would be good (date night? - second one in as many months) and ventured down to the Mooloolaba Esplanade. Having found the elusive car park, we were free to venture forth in search of dinner and to our delight came upon the Bavarian Beach Bar & Cafe.
Our waitress, the real deal! Image: Elaine de Wet
Bavarian Beach Bar & Cafe had a couple of outdoor tables to spare (nobody wants to sit inside on a beautiful, crisp night) and we were fascinated to be served by a waitress in traditional Bavarian clothing. This type of dress is called a Dirndl and was originally the working dress of female servants. Dirndl is the Bavarian word for girl and because formerly all women wore this dress, it was given the same name. The traditional style consists of the dress itself (a wide and long skirt with a corsage), a white blouse and a colourful apron. Modern styles are seen in all lengths, from long to mini. During Oktoberfest in Germany the waitresses wear this outfit at restaurants and beer halls, so the fabric has to be robust and made of a very strong cotton.
The owners of this restaurant have managed to re-create a wonderfully cosy atmosphere with the decor - our own little piece of Europe on the Sunshine Coast! My choice for a pre-dinner drink was a Gluhwein. This is a mulled wine, served warm with spices and traditionally served in Europe around Christmas time. Having lived in the Netherlands, and if my memory isn't slightly skewed, my Gluhwein was perfect - an ideal drink for a cold evening (okay, I know it doesn't get that cold here on the Sunshine Coast, but one can always pretend).
My Gluhwein, Image: Elaine de Wet
The menu had everything that one could hope for and more:-
Schnitzel with Creamy White Wine Mushroom Sauce; Beef Goulasch; Oven-roasted Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut, Spiced Red Cabbage, Knodel (dumpling) and Bier Jus. Vegetarian options are also available:- Vegetable Strudel with crunchy satay sauce
For the not-so hungry, they have light meals:-
Warm Pretzel with butter; Potato Soup with leek, speck (bacon/ham); Seafood Chowder; Vegetable Strudel
"Specials Board", Image: Elaine de Wet
A "Specials' Board is on display and for one who is not quite into the Bavarian style of food, there are other options, perhaps an Eye-Fillet Steak or Crispy Skin Salmon?
We decided that we were not overly hungry and that the Oktoberfest Platter would be adequate to stave off the hunger pangs - big mistake! Our not-so-small platter was delivered with a selection of mixed sausages, Crumbed Schnitzels (these were slightly on the dry side, perhaps re-heated too many times?), served with Sauerkraut, Knodel (dumplings, if I'm not mistaken these were potato dumplings), Spatzle (a kind of soft egg noodle), German-styled Potato Salad, German Pretzel Stick (this was warm and delicious; I'm also not sure why they call it a 'stick' as it's more like a pretzel roll), Bier Jus (Beer Gravy) and Mushroom Sauce - a veritable feast - enough for four of us - so much for having something light! The food was extremely tasty and perfectly complemented with a side of mustard. I'm not sure about you, but I'm one of those people, who when faced with a plate of food large enough to feed an army, tend to have a panic attack "how on earth will I ever manage all that?" I have no intention of being discourteous to the Chef (perhaps we misunderstood the menu) but the platter was really an 'overkill' for just two of us. The next time we go, and there will be a next time - hubby wants to try out the oven-roasted pork knuckle, (which a fellow diner highly recommended); or we'll opt for a platter for one!
A veritable feast, Image: Elaine de Wet
The whole atmosphere at the Bavarian Cafe is warm and welcoming, the staff very attentive and the service prompt. All-in-all, a very pleasant evening, sitting on the Mooloolaba Esplanade (pretending to be in Germany), and being spoilt with an excellent meal.