Review of 'Löwenbräu Keller'

A bit of Germany right on the rocks serving up traditional German fayre and, of course, lots and lots of alcohol. We visited on a weeknight and the place was quite hopping and I lost count of the beers going by. Despite not having a reservation, the friendly staff seated us in the covered patio area so were able to watch the night life goes by. The restaurant itself was pretty much full. This restaurant is certainly in an ideal location right smack in the middle of the Rocks and beside where the weekend market is held - Even if the food is not terribly good the people spotting will certainly entertain.

I was not going to pass up on an opportunity to have German sausages so I had the “Nürnberger Rostbratwürste” (“Haus-Made Charcoal-Grilled Nürnberger Sausages (6), Sauerkraut German Mustard and Haus-Baked Rye Bread”; $30) which was quite nice with each of the sausages having quite a nice flavour, though a bit chewier than I would have expected (all sausages are made here). The sauerkraut was somewhat underwhelming in it's flavour. The rye bread was OK but not exactly a flavour sensation either. I did also find my dish a bit small particularly when compared to my companion's “Hähnchenschnitzel” (“Chicken Schnitzel, French Fries and Parsley-Lemon Gremolata Original Löwenbräu Herb Mayo”; $30) which was truly massive - two pieces covering her plate and them some. This was quite tasty and the fries were extremely fresh. There was a bit of confusion with the dish as to whether it came with a salad so we ordered a side salad as well ($8) which was, frankly, underwhelming to say the least.

After our large main courses we were convinced to try the “Ofenfrischer Apfelstrudel” (“Haus-Made Apple Strudel, Vanilla Sauce and Fresh Cream”; $11.50) that was quite tasty and prepared authentically.

At $96.50 for the two of us including drinks, it was a reasonably priced meal. The food was OK but slightly underwhelming in terms of flavour though quantity was certainly present (if you value that sort of thing).

Note: We were lucky enough to visit when an “Oompah” band was seranading diners as they walked through the restaurant which added to the experience. But, of course, this may not be to everyone's taste (I liked it - I knew a lot of the drinking songs from my younger days going to Octoberfest in Kitchener, Canada every year with my parents).

Rating: “A bit better than average”

Review Date: 2015-11-11

Cuisine: German

Address: Cnr / Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

Public Transport: Circular Quay

Location: Sydney (Australia) - The Rocks



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