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Published November 15th 2016
On arrival at Das Bierhaus, in Sydney's northern beaches area, you are greeted with a beautiful building reminiscent of romantic Europe with flowerpots hanging outside, an immaculate garden, large windows and ornate edging.
Inside this renovated establishment, that was once our oldest hotel (the Rock Lily), you'll find essences of Austria adorning the walls. Deer heads, cuckoo clocks, traditional clothing, the Austrian flag and picturesque scenes all lend to the atmosphere.
A very inviting waiter leads us to a lovely table by the window and presents us with food and drinks menus. We choose a 3 course set lunch that has a choice of entrees, mains and desserts. My husband and I both decide on the same entree, Grammel Knodel potato dumplings filled with marinated pork cracklings, accompanied by sauerkraut and salad. This interesting first course came out very quickly and was quite filling in itself. Hubby wiped his plate clean and loved the tasty sauerkraut.
Next up was mains and these were huge. The man loves his meat and sure did get plenty of it with the whole pork knuckle he chose that came with mash, apple sauce, raw cabbage salad and more sauerkraut. The crackling was wonderfully crispy and the meat tender, having been slow roasted. He ate as much as he could and took the remainder home so that he could fit dessert in.
For my main course, I chose the Bierhaus Tasting Sled that came with crispy roast pork, kassler (smoked pork), bratwurst, sauerkraut and a bread dumpling. I hadn't taken much notice of the word Sled in the name and it was a 'wow' moment and surprise when the meal did in fact come out in a sled. The food was delicious and couldn't be faulted whilst the wooden sleigh will last in fond memory. I wish I could have taken that sleigh home. My crafty side was thinking it would have been perfect for painting and filling with Christmas decorations.
We still had dessert to go so we rested for a while after all this meat. I was glad we were able to fit dessert in as what came out next for me was the most divine dessert I've ever had. I would happily travel an hour to this restaurant in Mona Vale just for this dessert alone. So what was it?
It was the Sacher Torten Parfait Chocolate Nougat Parfait with fresh Berry Salad. It was perfect on this very warm spring day. Nice and cool, the centrepiece parfait was like ice cream but without the fast melt of it. It held its form and the crunchy top on it, along with the strawberries and blueberries, provided various textures. The flavours all combined spectacularly for this dessert lover.
Other authentic food that's steeped in culture here includes soups, breads and freshly baked pretzels, goulash, Black Forest ham, cheese spatzle (egg noodles), chicken dishes and an Austrian-style surf 'n' turf. Bier and rib nights are popular, especially with 13 or so different biers to choose from, along with schnitzel nights. With big servings, no one goes home hungry. For prices and the full menu, visit the website.
An extensive list of red and white wines, ciders, schnapps and cocktails are on hand as well as tea and coffee. Hubby stuck with beer during our visit, whilst I tried a cocktail Sex on the Beach consisting of Vodka, Peach Schnapps, cranberry and orange juices. It packed a punch.
Whether you linger inside or out in the bier garden whilst enjoying conversations and oompa-pa music (on certain nights), Das Bierhaus is a taste of Austria that will leave pleasant and lasting impressions.
Great food, great ambience and great service from our friendly and attentive waiter, dressed in traditional costume. Well worth the drive.