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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Bavarian Bier Cafe on O'Connell, Sydney

EDIT: Bavarian Bier Cafe on O'Connell has closed. The York Street outlet is still open. 

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.

art deco light

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 bier
Spaten Munchen $9.90 500ml

lychee beer
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
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.

empty plate

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
Apple strudel with vanilla anglaise $9.50

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Bavarian Bier Cafe O'Connell on Urbanspoon

Bavarian Bier Cafe on O'Connell (CLOSED - The York Street outlet is still open)
16 O'Connell, Sydney
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)

Related Grab Your Fork posts:Bavarian Bier Cafe York

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Una's on Broadway, Ultimo
7 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 4/29/2007 09:00:00 pm


  • At 4/29/2007 9:57 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    Looks great ! Love the idea of a soft shell crab schnitzel.

    Have you ever though of marrying your address on this blog to a Google Map. ? For instance ... the address for this one is http://maps.google.com/maps?q=16+O%27Connell+St,+Sydney+NSW+2000,+Australia&ie=UTF8&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=40.545434,81.5625&z=16&om=1

  • At 4/29/2007 10:40 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lol, you went back for more.

  • At 4/29/2007 11:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Soft shell crab schnitzel looks great, did you have a taste??

    Una's at Broadway have a similar deal going, Jager (or any other) schnitzel and a beer for $15. Can't beat that for value.

  • At 4/30/2007 12:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Una's at Broadway have a similar deal going, Jager (or any other) schnitzel and a beer for $15. Can't beat that for value.

  • At 4/30/2007 12:11 pm, Blogger Deborah Dowd said…

    This sounds like a great evening- fun and fried! I've seen soft shelled crab a number of ways around here, but never as schnitzel!

  • At 4/30/2007 5:01 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    I like a challenge! Am thankful to Josh for getting me into sour apple schnapps.

    The Una deal looks good too

  • At 4/30/2007 11:16 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Peter Konnecke - I did briefly think about mapping on Google Maps, but then I thought about the huge backlog that would entail, and had a quick lie down :)

    Hi Lin - Actually someone else did. I just stole a forkful. For research purposes of course!

    Hi Josh - Ooh I didn't know about the Una's at Broadway offer. Sounds great :) And no, I didn't get to taste the crab.

    Hi Splendid Life - Hmmm.. is this Josh again? Thanks again for the tip!

    Hi Deborah Dowd - I love soft shell crab. The schnitzel is definitely a new way of serving for me as well!

    Hi Veruca Salt - Mmm... food challenge.

    And yes, I like where you're going with this Una's idea. lol


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