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Published August 22nd 2012
The hills are alive with the tastes of Germany
Located on the main street in Hahndorf is one of the most popular restaurants in town, The German Arms Hotel. Combining the most authentic German cuisine available in Adelaide, with an all-star line-up of local and German beers. The German Arms will definitely bring out the German inside of you.
Established in 1839, The German Arms Hotel is an icon of Adelaide and Hahndorf alike. With such a long and decorated legacy, they must have been doing something right to grace our presence for so long. With some easy access parking situated at the rear for patrons, saving customers the stress of the busy main street. The first thing you will notice is the amount of vehicles, when I said this place was popular I wasn't kidding.
Upon entry we were kindly given a table right away with no prior booking in place, the staff are very friendly going out of their way to attend to multiple customers at once. All the staff members we met over the course of our lunch were all accommodating and cheerful, making our meal very pleasant. The hotel itself is quite large being able to host at least 60-70 patrons at once; the space is greatly appreciated when dining.
Food wise the German buffet takes over, with a selection of standard main course meals containing German twists, to the German Favourites selection. The Favourites section is a little on the pricey side compared to the ordinary main dishes, but will definitely give you that German fix if you want to spend the extra cash. When our food arrived (in a surprisingly timely manner) we were in for a treat, the food portions are completely worth the price of admission. With "The Arms Giant Dog" and chicken schnitzel servings a massive struggle to finish. The dishes were delightful to our taste buds, but were also visually appetizing to our eyes.
For dessert we all purchased the "Beiramisu Sponge Finger" a tiramisu enriched with a small German tradition, beer. This was a great way to end the meal, the coffee syrup flavour and texture of the short bread casing was an excellent combination.
Overall our experience at The German Arms Hotel was something I would recommend to tourists and locals alike. Feeding 3 male's lunch, drinks and dessert for under $100 is no easy feat at a fine establishment, they not only did that but fed us so well we were barely able to move when the meal concluded.
The German Arms brings Germany to South Australia, in 'Ausgezeichnet' (excellent) fashion.