German food in Cabramatta..?
Yes, that’s right!
Far from the hustle and bustle of John St, the main strip of Cabramatta, lies a German-Austrian Club which has been established since the mid-50s as there was a large influx of Europeans immigrants to this and surrounding suburbs after the war (it was only until after the Vietnam war that a second influx of immigrants came flowing in to shape what Cabra remains of today). As far as I know, the German-Austrian Club has been responsible for holding one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in Sydney for the last 40 years. For the last 4 or so years, I’ve attended the celebrations at Fairfield Showground but when I found that there was an actual restaurant in the club serving authentic German food I knew I had to go here when I needed to get a German fix outside of the Oktoberfest celebration period.
Ant and I visited this restaurant a few years back (pre-blog times) and we’ve enjoyed it. I decided to take my girlfriends here for a night of catching up and to actually show them that a German restaurant exists in Cabra! There are two dining sections where we can eat; the small, intimate restaurant or the big bier hall. We chose to dine in the bier hall that night because there were a lot more people eating there and also The Royal Wedding was shown on the large overhead projector. At the end of the night we found out that some of the items were in fact cheaper because we dined in the bier hall. Sweet! So it wasn’t a bad idea after all..
Drinks are ordered and billed separately to the restaurant, a friendly bartender comes up to your table and looks after your beverages whilst the restaurant wait staff look after your food.
We started the night with Langosh ($6.50), a Hungarian deep fried flat bread rubbed with copious amounts of garlic and accompanied with sour cream. The bread comes out piping hot and we quickly dig in. Crispy on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. I knew I had to save room for what’s to come but I couldn’t help but scoff a couple pieces of this delicious bread down.
With plenty of choices on the menu the choose from (pork knuckle, goulash, steak, different types of schnitzels etc), half of the girls decide to have the chicken schnitzel ($23.50) which was served with a cold potato salad, cabbage and some tomato and lettuce. The serving sizes were huge! There had to be at least about 500g of schnitzel on the plate! The schnitzel was nicely crumbed and the meat wasn’t dried out. The girls enjoyed this dish thoroughly and even had some left over to take home for the next day! Germans.. They definitely don’t hold back with their generous servings!
This was the dish I had during my first visit with Ant, so I decided to repay a visit to the Gypsy platter ($26.00) which included a piece of pork fillet, 2 pieces of schnitzel, crumbed mushroom and a Krainer Wurst (kransky) to top it all off. Oh there were some fries, cabbage and a small salad of lettuce and tomatoes too!
To tackle this monster, I started from the top and made my way down, making sure the skewer kept all the food intact. The highlight of this dish was the crumbed mushroom, a gigantic field mushroom was crumbed and deep fried resulting in an uber juicy piece of mushroom which I pretty much inhaled down delightfully. Determined to finish off the entire plate (well all the protein at least) I was certain that I would’ve finish it but with a sip of DAB beer before my final bites I was defeated (damn beer filling me up!) – all that was left was half a schnitzel! I was extremely surprised that they didn’t serve their meals with sauerkraut (there was an option to pay extra for it though), instead the cabbage was coated with a mayonnaise similar to coleslaw.
Amongst our table that night was a vegetarian. Being pretty sure she’d probably wouldn’t have that many options on the menu to choose from we were very surprised at how accommodating the staff were towards her. The chef had put together a very generous platter of a vegetables for her along with some spatzel; German noodles similar to pasta, which wasn’t available on the menu. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the dish but I managed to sneak in some braised red cabbage and man.. it was so good! So everyone was happy that night.
I would definitely have to come back to try out more of the menu, especially the Rindsroulade ($23.50); a German dish of rolled up pan-fried beef which has been rolled up with gherkins, olives and mustard. Apparently a hit with the oldies and the youngsters aren’t fond of it; but I’m just extremely curious. I was also tempted to try the generous serving of apple strudel for $5 but had to back off when I was told it was to be served with a huge scoop of ice cream and no one wanted to help me with it.
Oh make sure you sign yourself into the club before entering the restaurant (even if you are not with a member).