I have always been a vodka drinker. In my opinion there is nothing nicer to sip on for almost any occasion than a lovely top-shelf (imported and local) vodka with a couple of ice-cubes in a frosted glass. Watching the alcohol swirling inwards as the liquid forms a current in your glass is mesmerising. No mixer, maybe a wedge of lime (if I'm feeling daring). So needless to say, the appeal of a bier cafe has always been lost on me.
The few times I had been to the Bavarian Bier Cafe at Bondi Beach, it had always been overpriced, fairly average quality food and portion sizes that were simply ridiculously large for words. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good fed as much as the next bloke, it is simply gluttony to have two schnitzels, four sausages, a piece of pork belly and cabbage, sauerkraut and mash, plus add-on at least a litre of "bier". If you did manage to finish it all you would feel ill.
I know what you're all thinking, are the Carpaccio Brothers actually about to write a negative review for the first time?! No. I don't see the point of writing negative reviews, I would rather not give a place any publicity than negative publicity. It's simply not worth the time or effort.
So here goes!
Beautiful Bondi Sunset Image courtesy of Aquabumps Gallery www.aquabumps.com
The one thing that could never be faulted about the Bavarian Bier Cafe is its location. Right on Campbell Parade with lovely long outdoor tables overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon it is a welcome reprieve from the sun and in summery evenings, it is a lovely balmy softly lit spot.
Outdoor Benches Image courtesy of Bavarian Bier Cafe bavarianbiercafe.com
As Waverley council never allowed development on the beach-side of Campbell Parade, your views are completely unobscured 180-degree views of arguably one of the worlds most beautiful and famous beaches.
Looks Delicious No? Image courtesy of Bavarian Bier Cafe bavarianbiercafe.com
They have recently revamped their menu: simplifying it, reducing the prices and the portion sizes (from enormous to normal). The result had made me about-face on my previous assessment. The meals are presented much more nicely (it's hard to make an enormous plate of anything look nice!). The better something looks, the better it tastes (come on, we all know it's true).
The Famous Pork Belly Image courtesy of Bavarian Bier Cafe bavarianbiercafe.com
I had a Bavarian tasting platter which was still ample food and much more manageable compared to the Brewer's platter (its predecessor). The pork belly was delicious and crispy but still reasonably lean with moist tender flesh. All the bavarian condiments were equally tasty, providing a sharp, smooth and sweet accompaniment as well as a textural explosion (mash vs cabbage vs meat).
Bier Avec Pretzel Image courtesy of Bavarian Bier Cafe bavarianbiercafe.com
I had a 1/2 litre of the Bavarian Blonde, which I must admit does go very well with this hearty fed. For 5 of us it cost $100, which compared to the $200, it would have previously cost makes it even more enjoyable. Have told everyone I meet about it and hopefully will convert a few. Just goes to show what a difference the price point can make on your opinion of a place. Its "value rating" has gone from a dismal 3/10 to 7.5/10!