Oktoberfest is in full swing in Munich right now and Melbourne isn’t too far behind with various German eateries and German beers available. One of the places you could go to is Hofbrauhaus located in Market Lane and yes, it’s in an alleyway and yes, you’re super safe. So I’ve been to the bar area quite a few times and did not realise that there was a restaurant located right next door! There’s a hostess out in front and make sure you have a reservation because it does get super duper busy. All the staff were dressed in theme and at 7PM on a Saturday night, the live band comes out to play.
For starters we got the Bretzel which is basically a massive pretzel that come with butter and if you choose the special cheese dip (definitely get it!), it’s an extra $4.50 and it’s definitely worth it.
Bretzel – $6.50
Mr D got the Wiener Schnitzel which is a pork crumbed fillet with potato salad and Bavarian mayonnaise with side salad. It came out not hot but luke warm but the potato salad was refreshing and delish. Unfortunately Mr D did not enjoy his dish at all.
Wiener Schnitzel – $30.50
Viennese style freshly crumbed fillet of pork, served with potato salad, fresh lemon, Bavarian mayonnaise with side salad
I got the grain fed beef fillet with a creamy sauce with german noodles and this was a very heavy dish. I absolutely adore the spatzle (german noodles) and the beef fillet was pretty delish. Overall, I quite like this dish.
Jagerfleisch – $34.50
Grain fed beef fillet panfried and finished in a creamy forest mushroom sauce served with sauteed Spatzle and seasonal veggies
The french fries was unfortunately not crunchy either but it was seasoned very well.
Pommes Frites – $8.550
French fries served with Bavarian mayonnaise and tomato sauce
Our eyes were way bigger than our tummies and got the potato dumplings and trust me, when they say it’s potato dumplings, they’re made out of potatoes. It’s very filling, very rich and we were not a fan of this.
Kartoffelknodel – $6.50
Potato dumplings served with haus-made pork jus
The mains sure didn’t impress us but we couldn’t give up the chance to have desserts and oh my effing gosh, the apple strudel was just totes AMAZEBALLS! It was warm, it was apple-y and the pastry was oh my gosh crumbly and light as a feather. Definitely a recommended dish if you drop by here.
Apfelstrudel – $15.50
Warm haus-made apple strudel with vanilla sauce and ice cream
Mr D got the latte and the poor thing couldn’t finish it. Unfortunately for him it tasted like coffee water and he was not impressed at all.
Hofbrauhaus serves up awesome sauce beers (unfortunately we drank everything before I was able to take a photo of it) and desserts (definitely get the apple strudel) but the mains and the sides weren’t really exceptional at all. The staff were super duper friendly and attentive and I’ll definitely be back for the beers and the apple strudel.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine by Hofbrauhaus and all opinions expressed are my own.
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