Giant schnitzel and schnapps challenge $15.00
I can never resist a food challenge.
Get schnitfaced, implores the Bavarian Bier Cafe website.
So we did.
The Bavarian Bier Cafe on O'Connell Street is housed in an elegant art deco building that was once a bank. We have a table booked at the back of the room, a Japanese-style long wooden table with benches either side.
Spaten Munchen $9.90 500ml
Franziskaner Hefe – Weissbier Hell Lychee flavour $7.50
Beers are ordered (the fruit beers are quaintly listed under the sub-heading "Ladies bier") and it's only five minutes before our meals arrive.
Soft shell crab schnitzel $27.00
with chilli capsicum jam and garden salad
Only one person opts out of the shnitzel challenge, ordering the soft shell crab schnitzel. Three large-ish soft shell crabs are deep-fried in a schnitzel-like coating.
Meanwhile the rest of us are busily hoeing into a schnitzel so big it could almost block out the sun. A golden mound of chips rests underneath, a spray of rocket leaves, red onion slivers and a slice of tomato form a token salad on the side. The schnitzel (normally $24.50) is a little dry but it's nothing a generous squeeze of lemon and a healthy drizzle of mayonnaise won't fix.
There's a little bit of sighing, some exhalation, a few moments of seat-shifting, but in the end... success. All gone.
Our reward is a shot of schnapps, chosen from an extensive menu (normally $8.00). Our orders appear on a giant paddle held by a beaming waitress, her arrival heralded with the incessant clanging of a giant cow bell.
Schnapps: butterscotch, cherry and sour apple
And somehow there's still room for a forkful of dessert.
Apple strudel with vanilla anglaise $9.50
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Bavarian Bier Cafe on O'Connell (CLOSED - The York Street outlet is still open)
Tel: +61 (02) 9221 0100
Monday to Friday from 10.00am till late
Saturday from 11.30 till late
The $15 Giant Schnitzel and Schnapps Challenge is only available on Tuesdays at Manly Wharf, York or O'Connell (correct as at April 2007)
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4/29/2007 09:00:00 pm