There is a lot more to German cuisine than bratwurst and sauerkraut. There are wonderful regional dishes such as Hendl, roast chicken, often accompanied with beer and pretzels, Kartoffelsalat, a German style potato salad with bacon, Sauerbraten, a German style pot roast, Knödel, German style dumplings make with bread or potato, Flädle, a broth with savoury German style pancakes, Weisswurst, a white sausage made with veal and pork and Labskaus, a dish made with corned beef.
German style sweets and desserts are also a delight, perhaps the most well known is the distinctive Stollen, which is a type of fruit cake, Prinzregententorte, a gorgeous layered sponge cake, Apple Strudel, Berliner, a German style doughnut and Rote Grütze, which is a dish composed of fruit (usually berries), jelly and milk.
Local versions of these classic German style dishes are available in various German bars, cafes and restaurants located in and around Brisbane. One of the most well known German establishments is The Brisbane German Club and the restaurant Zum Kaiser, in East Brisbane. The German inspired menu features all the expected classics; Pork Knuckle (slow roasted pork hock) served with lashing of gravy and sauerkraut, Kassler (oven baked smoked pork loin chop) served with red cabbage, Pork Belly served with sweet red cabbage and sour cherry port sauce, Frikadellen (German rissoles) and Sauerbraten (German style beef pot roast). Dessert is limited to the cakes and pastries available on the day.
Bavarian Bier Cafe located in the Brisbane CBD is another top pick for German cuisine. The 'Pure Food' menu includes a classic Bavarian Salad, Bavarian Delikatessen Platter, Münchner Brauhaus Platter (Crackling Roast Pork Belly, Char-Grilled Kassler, Sausages, Chicken Schnitzel, Sauerkraut, Red Cabbage, Sebago Mash), Crackling Roast Pork Belly, Mixed Char-Grilled Sausages, Bavarian Minute Steak and Slow Cooked Brauhaus Stew. The dessert menu is simple, featuring Apple Strudel, Walnut and Date Pudding Honey and Lemon Tart. But if you come to Bavarian Bier Cafe, you have to try the namesake "Pure Bier". Choose from Paulaner Premium Pils, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel, Munich Gold and many, many more.
Speaking of Bavarian cuisine, Bavarian Blue, located in Wellington Point is another great spot for Bavarian style dishes. The menu features several delights, including Spätzle, Bratkartoffeln (German Fries), Jägerschnitzel, Wiener Schnitzel and Kasseler (smoked marinated pork loin). Sweets and desserts come in the form of Bavarian Apple Pancakes, Bavarian Apple Strudel and Black Forest Cake and Melitta - German coffee.
Cafe Black Forest is also another great German establishment. All the classics are there; Jägerschnitzel and Kasseler (smoked marinated pork loin), as well as Münchner Schweinshaxe (oven roasted pork hock), Allgäuer Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) and Bayrischer Zwiebelrostbraten (Bavarian style beef). Sweets and desserts include Rote Grütze, Schwarzwaldbecher (Black Forest Sundae) and a range of European cakes and tortes.
If you are ever up Maleny way, King Ludwigs is a definate must for german food fans. It has a great location over looking the mountains and is run by a German family. Their Bavarian potato cream soup is to die for and you can get it to take away in a cute tradiotnal style jar. They also have an extensive german beer and wine menu.
K&K Kitchen hidden away out in Seventeen Mile Rocks is truly fabulous and a true gem. They have a delicious selection of cakes and do a great brekkie. But their dinner menu is truly fantastic - they do all the usual and their jagerschnitzel is amazing. I think they do the best spatzle in Brisbane (even better than the German Club - and I LOVE the German Club) - as good as any spatzle I've eaten in Germany. It is only a small restaurant with most of the seating outdoors on the deck (overlooking the carpark, but it's leafy and quite pretty believe it or not), so on a cool evening you might like to take a jacket. They also have mozzie spray if you are there on a summer evening and find them nibbling at your ankles, so be sure to ask if you need it.
Oh and good german beer - forgot to mention the obvious! If you love German food, definately give K&K a try.
I agree, recently I revisited Cafe Black Forest. They've renamed it 'Black Forest German Restaurant' now, and the website's changed to blackforestrestaurant.org. I love the bigger establishments, but the Black Forest has always been the best for me. Their sausages are made on premises, and I can tell - they taste nothing like the typical ones bought in store.
What really gets me is the Schweinshaxe, of course. It's a staple now of any good German restaurant, but the one at the Black Forest is massive, and it's not mostly bone. Best of all, the Black Forest Schweinshaxe has the best crackling - my guilty pleasure. The crackling is literally that - crackling. It's crispy, crunchy, and just melts in my mouth. I love it.
Thanks for the wonderful content, guys. And I'll be sure to check out Bavarian Blue, I haven't been there before!