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Bistro Altstadt, German Club

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
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Published May 3rd 2018
Located within Adelaide CBD, Bistro Altstadt is a good place to enjoy yummy German cuisine. This restaurant is part of the German Club in Adelaide, an organisation established in 1886 to promote German culture in Australia. It is quite popular with the locals so it is advisable to book a table, particularly for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday.

A dish you can expect to find at German restaurants, the Trio of German Wurst featured locally made Cheese Kransky sausage, Bockwurst and Bratwurst sausages. The Cheese Kransky sausage had a delectable smoky taste with the right amount of cheese to ensure the sausage did not taste too cheesy. Out of the two German sausages, the Bratwurst had a stronger flavour and a lighter texture compared to the meatier Bockwurst. Served with the sausages were sauerkraut and mustard whose sharp flavours partnered well with the sausages.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Trio of German Wurst, Adelaide
Trio of German Wurst (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Their schnitzels stand out from the ones typically offered at Aussie pubs in that they are pan-fried in butter to give them an extra element of flavour. The chicken that we chose for the Jager Schnitzel was of a generous size with succulent flesh. The bacon added a smoky element to the dish and the thyme-scented mushroom sauce complemented it well. A serving of salad and potato puree helped to balance out the rich taste of the schnitzel.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Jager Schnitzel, Adelaide
Jager Schnitzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the unique offerings available, their Rinder Rouladen consisted of slices of beef wrapped around German mustard, gherkin and gypsy ham before being braised. The slices of beef were cooked just right and the gherkin and ham did a good job of bringing out its flavour. Accompanying the beef was Knodel (a steamed dumpling made from potatoes or bread) and Rotkohl (a German side dish made from red cabbage). There was also sufficient gravy to tie everything together.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Jagerbraten mit Bratkartoffeln, Adelaide
Jagerbraten mit Bratkartoffeln (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The portion size of the roast pork belly in the Jagerbraten mit Bratkartoffeln (The Hunter's Roast) was very generous. Its taste was quite similar to ham. Aside from Rotkohl, the pork belly came with a serving of Bratkartoffeln, a German side dish featuring fluffy potatoes cooked with bacon to give it a bit of a smoky flavour. Some seeded mustard was provided for you to add some sharpness to the pork.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Rinder Rouladen, Adelaide
Rinder Rouladen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The Schweinshaxe (Roasted Pork Kunckle) was very well done, with the lovely crisp crackling setting off the juicy flesh nicely. While the pork is delicious enough on its own, you can dip the meat into the caraway seed infused pork jus to give it extra flavour. The jus was also a great partner for the potato dumpling.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club,Schweinshaxe, Adelaide
Schweinshaxe (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Noted to have been imported directly from Southern Germany, the Pretzels offered here is of the soft variety and was chewy without being too tough. A sprinkling of salt added a salty element to the pretzel and you can spread the butter provided to make it moister. If you prefer, there is also a variety that is seasoned with garlic and served alongside parsley butter.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Pretzel, Adelaide
Pretzel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


While we thought their Kartoffelpuffer (German Potato Pancake) would have tasted better if it was served hot, it still was fried to golden brown and had the right degree of bite to it. An unusual aspect of the dish is the topping of apple sauce which added a slightly sweet element to the dish.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Kartoffelpuffer, Adelaide
Kartoffelpuffer (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the choices available for dessert, the filling of the Apple Strudel was not too sweet and the crisp and flaky pastry contrasted well with the filling. The Chantilly cream was a good partner to the strudel and there were also slices of fresh apple to add some freshness to the dish.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Apple Strudel, Adelaide
Apple Strudel (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The wooden panels gave the restaurant a rustic feel and the ambience is that of a relaxed club. There were normal seatings and huge booth seats which can accommodate up to eight people. We are delighted that we don't have to drive all the way to Hahndorf in order to enjoy delicious German cuisine. We also enjoyed a complimentary main meal by using our Entertainment Book voucher.

Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Bistro Altstadt, German Club, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Mon-Sat and 1st Sun of the month 12pm-2pm; Dinner: Mon-Sat 6pm-9pm
Phone: 08 8223 2539
Where: 223 Flinders Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $22 per dish
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