Oktoberfest for many conjures up images of men in lederhosen and women with pigtails swilling beer out of giant steins, ja? But holy schnitzel, let us not forget about the food! To celebrate Oktoberfest this year, we set off on a food and pub crawl to some of the best beer places in Sydney.
First stop was Le Pub on King Street in the CBD for beer and canapes. Le Pub also has another branch in Balmain, and celebrates French dining with a relaxed pub atmosphere. The Meetup group gathered in the dimly lit interior inspired by the Paris Metro and chatted with the cheerfulness of a Friday evening and the promise of adventure.
Soon enough we were sipping on cold glasses of Kronenbourg 1664, a European Pale Lager and receiving our canape plate.
The french onion soup was delicious; tasty and very more-ish and the confit duck was tender and melted in your mouth. Having never tried escargot before, I’m happy to say it’s now been checked off the bucket list.Le Pub 66 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: (02) 9262 3277 Website: www.lepub.com.au
Bavarian Bier Cafe York Street
Next we were off to Bavarian Bier Cafe, conveniently a very short walk just around the corner. As soon as we entered the packed restaurant, it was apparent this would be an entertaining experience.
I was super excited to find a ‘Training for Oktoberfest’ sweatband and moist towelettes at each place setting, which could only mean one thing; it was about to get messy. And we might also develop a case of the meat sweats. Our waiter was spirited and quite jolly, and we started digging in.
Salty and doughy, the pretzels were a perfect way to start. Next came the meat platters – better get the sweatbands out!
The smorgasbord of goodies had all the meats you could ask for – schnitzel, pork belly, sausages, pork knuckle as well as sauerkraut and mashed potato. The pork knuckle was wrestled and hacked up and we went about tasting. Schnitzel is a personal favourite dish of mine, so it was first on my plate.
The pork belly featured a nice crispy layer of crackling and juicy, fatty meat. The hunks of pork knuckle were ripped into and went well with a bit of mash. Sauerkraut was another first checked off for me, and I was surprised by how much I liked it considering I don’t particularly like cabbage.
The jolly atmosphere continued with the arrival of a waitress ringing a bell and laden with a paddle lined up with shots of schnapps. Shots, shots, shots everybodyyyyyyy!
I can see why so much beer is consumed by the Bavarian Bier patrons; with the salty pretzels and hearty fare it’s easy to work up a thirst!
Our waiter came around and offered us ribs, but, unfortunately much to his dismay we had to decline because it was nearly time to move on. I’ll be back for you later, ribs. Just you wait.Bavarian Bier Cafe York Street 24 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: (02) 8297 4111 Website: http://www.bavarianbiercafe.com/
Red Oak Boutique Beer Cafe
We wound our way around to Red Oak Boutique Beer Cafe, a place that specialises in beer and food pairings. Beer sommelier Simon brought around a tray of honey ale for us to taste. Think beer with a subtle sweet undertone.
Simon ran through the menu options with us and suggested we chat to the bar staff to select our preference of beer.
Red Oak brews boutique craft beer, and have developed unique beer styles and methods. It is one of Australia’s most awarded breweries, and also runs beer education classes to give customers the opportunity to hop on the beer train.
Red Oak Boutique Beer Cafe 201 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Phone: (02)9262 3303 Website: www.redoak.com.au
Another Meetup adventure done and dusted, and our Oktoberfest training was complete! Meeting new and familiar food lovers is always fun, and a great way to spend an evening. If you’d like to come along for the next event, you can join our Meetup group here or browse our event calendar. For corporate event enquiries or large group event planning, click to contact us about custom food crawl and food tour packages.