Friends Luke and Amanda just bought themselves a new car and invited us out to a drive up Mt Tambourine for lunch at the Bavarian Grill Haus. Work that week had been a shocker, so how could we say ‘no’ to beer and food?
On arrival, Bavarian Grill Haus looks like a quiet and quaint establishment with a lovely lake and pond with bubbling fountains. There are trinkets (some tacky) that line the wood walls, pillars and shelves that were meant to exude a German flavour to the establishment.
Between the four of us, we only ordered the Erdinger Weisbier (330ml, AUD$8.50. 500ml, AUD$11.50) and Raderberger Pilsner (330ml, AUD$8.50. 500ml, AUD$11.50).
While the SO is generally open to drinking most beers (with the exception of VB, XXXX, etc), I am an extremely picky beer/wine drinker. I can just about list the beers I am willing to consume with one hand, so I stuck with what I knew with the Erdinger Weisbier. Which turned out for the best – tasting the SO’s Raderberger Pilsner was just awful after the Weisbier. The SO said the same when he sampled with Weisbier after having a gulp of his Pilsner.
When the SO’s kasseler made its appearance, we all had massive plate envy.
The pork and gravy had the most heavenly aroma. I was thrilled by how succulent the pork was with the sliver the SO generously offered for me to taste.
The SO said the mashed potatoes were not creamy and rather ho-hum.
The menu description for the rouladen was sparse. Since none of us knew much about German cuisine, we whipped out our smartphones to quickly google what ‘rouladen’ was. Gotta love living in a world of technology!
Apparently ‘rouladen’ is a roulade – a slice of meat rolled around a filling. That said, roulades can be made of cakes as well.
So we debated whether this cabbage rouladen was a slice of meat rolled around a cabbage filling, or cabbage rolled around something else. Luke decided to find out and we were shocked to find it came with rice, rather than the potato promised on the menu.
Amanda on the other hand, was very much undecided about what she would have. First it was the schnitzel, then it was the goulash. The waitress warned Amanda the beef goulash was spicy, but Amanda is a chilli champion and said she’d be fine.
When it arrived, I stared at the square of puff pastry on top of the beefy stew – that is something I do all the time when I make stews at home!
When asked how it was, Amanda replied it most certainly not spicy, not of chilli – but of paprika.
While I was tempted by the pork knuckle and the sausages other tables were ordering, I knew I wasn’t hungry enough to finish those portions. The dumplings sounded much more manageable.
These come in 3 flavours: cheese and potato, cabbage and mushrooms, and meat. There was no description about what kind of meat was in those dumplings, lending it a very dubious aura.
On the other hand, I cannot say the cheese and potato filling, which I had was particularly stellar. It had a great firm skin, but the flavour was lacking. I resorted to slathering each piece in the sauce to help with the taste.
Would we visit again? It’s a cute touristy place, but there are better establishments for German food.