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Published September 6th 2010
Why go to Germany when you can just head to the Hofbräuhaus.
Conveniently located on Market Lane, wedged in between Bourke St and Little Bourke, Hofbräuhaus Melbourne offers the most authentic and most delicious German cuisine in the town.
As you walk into this fine establishment, let me warn you that you are no longer in Australia soil anymore, for this place makes you believe that you have just arrived in the German motherland. Hofbräuhaus interior layout has a reminisces of the famed Munich beer halls with long wooden tables revolving around the centre.
Here, you can always sample the finest in German cuisine by ordering yourself the well known meals such as the German sausages, Chicken and Veal schnitzel or even the sauerkraut, however I suggest being adventurous and sample out the not so well known dishes such as the Rindsrouladen: a tasty German dish that has juicy tender beef rolled up with spices and herbs inside.
If you're feeling a bit thirsty, why not order yourself a 'Stein' with your meal, a huge glass mug that contains a litre of beer. Still feeling you can handle more? Then be sure to try out the schnapps as well!
The night doesn't stop with just a beer and a meal, on weekends, the restaurant also offers great traditional German folk entertainment in the form of song and dance. As the house band plays nice head popping traditional German tunes, midway through your dinner, the music will stop and suddenly all you hear is the ambiance of the restaurant.
Your host for the evening will introduce himself and will begin to take you on a cultural tour of German culture by firstly teaching you an old German drinking chant. After this cultural lesson, your German host will then demonstrate a delicate tune with the use of cow bells.
After the entertaining display of cow bells, you may get a chance to witness the traditional slapping dance, which involves a comical show of two male dancers vying for the love of a German woman through a great choreographed slapping dance off.
So there you have it, good hearty German food, excellent entertainment and a real Deutsch atmosphere to enjoy a great night out.