UPDATE April 2013: If you’re short on time, watch out for the specials at the Bavarian, such as the Sunday Sizzle. There’s nothing like a real German sausage!
With bright blue chairs shining like a mirage in the midday sun, the Bavarian (formerly the Bavarian Bier Cafe) stands out from the shadowy urban desert of the Oracle in Broadbeach. In an area that’s almost too new to be cool, the Bavarian provides a healthy dose of fun, sensory indulgence and laughter. It’s a mecca to Aussies seeking respite from the clutches of the working week and a welcome haven for European tourists seeking flavours familiar to their palate.
First launched in 2005 in Sydney, the Bavarian has proved popular for long business lunches, post-work drinks and relaxing dinners at communal tables, following the Bavarian tradition of sitting down with family and friends to share a meal, enjoy a bier and celebrating good times. This year sees the opening of its first Gold Coast venue, the huge bifold glass doors providing a more open airy restaurant than many of the other cafés.
Embraced by locals and tourists alike, already it’s proved popular with both small and large groups, the huge two-storied space well utilised by a variety of groups and purposes: a quiet girls’ weekday lunch in the breezeway, a sassy cocktail evening or event launch upstairs in the function area, or a more rowdy buck’s night out back.
For a restaurant specialising in Bavarian food and beverages there are, of course, two separate comprehensive menus. Food comprises mostly German classics: fresh pretzels, goulash, roast pork belly, slow-roasted pork knuckle, Bavarian sausages such as bratwurst, kassler and nürnberger, accompanied by pickled red cabbage, mashed sebago, onion rings, stewed spiced apple and the ever present sauerkraut – not just a food, more a way of life! And let’s not forget the schnitzels: pork, chicken with Emmenthal or swiss cheese, veal with hot and spicy ‘gypsy’ sauce, waygu rump schnitzel as well as fillet steak. There’s an additional lunch menu featuring burgers and light meals served on rye. We sampled the Bavarian Tasting Plate, a great introduction to several of the signature dishes, together with a lighter ‘special of the day’: perfectly fresh Grilled Barramundi on bean salsa. Look out for the Twenty: Twelve specials, the ‘twenty’ referring to the price of a tender chicken schnitzel with accompanying bier.
Pure Bier | Pure Food | Pure Passion – the café’s slogan demonstrates the restaurant’s emphasis on bier, made according to strict Bavarian Purity Laws dating back to 1516, which allow only four ingredients to be used in the making of bier: malt, barley, yeast and water. Choose from the specialty pure biers, many available on tap, including Lowenbrau Original, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Hell (available on tap), or Franziskaner served with splash of mango juice. Draft bier comes in three sizes: 300ml, 500ml and the massive litre steins, most often associated with the Oktoberfest.
Presiding over the whole scene is Klaus, his huge lederhosen-clad bottom leaning over the bar to check out the steins. Below him, hundreds of glasses are suspended from the ceiling on wire frames, awaiting the next onslaught of patrons, eager to join in the fun and have a good time. For breakfast, lunch, dinner or party, it’s all about ‘Gemütlichkeit’: the feeling of a place that makes you feel contentment and good cheer. Bright and fresh, the Bavarian reminds us that there is a lot to be happy about!
2 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5512 0555
DISCLAIMER: Good Food Gold Coast was a guest of Bavarian. Food and beverages were provided by the establishment.