I am an Australian freelance writer living in Adelaide.
Published December 3rd 2011
Hofbrauhaus serves up quality, authentic German food in Melbourne. However, don't be surprised if you feel inclined to act as though you're at Oktoberfest in Germany. You'll find many here, clinking beer steins to the German equivalent of "Cheers" in English, "Prost!" and munching on pork knuckles. While it's hard to separate Germany from bratwurst sausage and schnitzel, the extensive menu here shows there is much more variety to German cuisine.
We visited on a wet night in Winter. There weren't too many other diner's and being a Sunday, we didn't order a stein each, having to get up early for work on Monday. Choices included Bavarian meatloaf, pork sausages, smoked salmon crepes, Hungarian beef stew, vegetable strudel and cordon bleus. Instead, we stayed safe and opted for sausages or schnitzels.
One friend ordered the Wurstplatte, consisting of nurnberger, cheese kransky and Swiss bratwurst, served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The sausages were plump and tasty, a treat you can only buy at selected butchers or markets. The Wiener Schnitzel tasted different to eating your standard parmy at the pub. Here, it was a large flat piece of crumbed pork and served with a delectable creamy potato salad with lemon and house-made garlic-herb mayonnaise. The food was hearty and comforting, just what the body craves in cold weather. Had there been a guy friend with us, I'm sure he would have asserted his masculinity by ordering the pork knuckle.
As Germany is also synonymous with beer, we couldn't not accompany our food with some. The varieties can be a little intimidating though, with eleven on tap (and of German names) and twenty imported bottles. We asked our waiter for the most common or popular variety and were satisfied.