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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Brot & Wurst, North Narrabeen

Sausages, leberkase and fondue from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen

Bread and sausages. What's the wurst that could happen? This family-run bakery and café looks like a surprise find in the suburbs, but there’s no shortage of locals queuing at the counter for snags or stopping in for coffee and cake. The display cabinet at the back is packed with a dizzying array of kransky, weisswurst, bockwurst, chorizo and up to nine kinds of bratwurst, including a tasty roast pork version with pear cider.

Grieben schmalz from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Grieben schmalz $5

Then there are the deli meats. German ex-pat Dean Stockburger has been a master butcher for 25 years, starting up Brot and Wurst in 2009. They make all their small goods onsite with no gluten, wheat, dairy or soy added. Much of the meat is free-range too. There are smoked hams, salamis and an offal-lover’s paradise of black pudding, liverwurst, tongue wurst and suelze, made from pig's head. They even have tubs of grieben schmalz: clarified chicken fat with bits of caramelised chicken skin.

German breads and pastries from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Inhouse baked German breads and pastries

Behind all that is a wall of breads – everything from organic dark sourdough ryes to German pretzels to wheels of organic carrot bread. There's also an aisle of European groceries running the length of the bakery/butchery/café with more variaties of mustard than you can poke a hot dog at.

German pretzel from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
German pretzel $2.40

German hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
German hot dog with sauerkraut and mustard $7.50

Smoked chorizo with sauerkraut and mustard from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Smoked chorizo with sauerkraut and mustard $7.50

Smoked kransky with sauerkraut and mustard from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Smoked kranksy with sauerkraut and mustard $7.50

Cheese chilli kransky with sauerkraut and mustard from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Cheese chilli kranksy with sauerkraut and mustard $7.50

If you can’t wait to go home to cook up your snags, pull up a chair and have them eat-in instead. There’s a small dining area within the shop or sit on the shaded balcony outside. Choose from a giant German hot dog, smoked chorizo or smoked kransky or go for gold and get the chilli kransky stuffed with globs of melted cheese. They’re served on a house-made roll with sauerkraut and mustard for $7.50.

Hot leberkase roll and mustard from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Hot leberkase roll and mustard $7

The hot leberkase roll is a surprise winner. It’s a baked sausage loaf made from corned beef, pork, bacon and onions. Here it’s sliced in thick slabs, pan-fried and jammed into a Kaiser roll with a slick of mustard. It tastes like an awesome version of devon – no tomato sauce required.

Smoked currywurst Berline-style from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Smoked currywurst Berlin-style $7.50

The smoked currywurst sausage is served Berlin-style. That means it’s cut into slices, drizzled with tomato sauce, a few shakes of curry powder and a set of fondue forks for easy stabbing. They’ve got a Swiss fondue too, all boozed up and bubbly.

Swiss cheese fondue from Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen
Swiss cheese fondue for one $12.50

For dessert there are fat fluffy jam donuts and German bee stings with vanilla cream custard, but our pick is the impossibly flaky country cherry strudel.

German hot dog, Swiss fondue and currywurst Berlin-style at Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen

Brot and Wurst, North Narrabeen

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Brot and Wurst
1442 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9970 6151

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday 6am-2.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 7.30am-2.30pm

Monday 9am-2.30pm
Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm

This article appeared in the April 2014 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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26 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 5/04/2014 12:03:00 am


  • At 5/04/2014 12:39 am, Blogger CQUEK said…

    I am definitely going to have to try this!!!

  • At 5/04/2014 2:03 am, Anonymous Padaek said…

    Did someone say bee-stings? Yumo. Must try that chilli cheesy kransky too. What a place! :)

  • At 5/04/2014 9:48 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oooohh the Chorizo sounds delicious!!

  • At 5/04/2014 10:52 am, Anonymous Esz said…

    When I next go to Sydney I need to go see these guys! And take Dean and his wife a bottle of wine or two!
    See, I met them in Ballarat of all places when they pulled over on the side of the road and offered us their Craigs Hotel High Tea tickets! They were heading back to Sydney and couldn't use them so they found the first people they could to give them away.
    I did a bit of research after and found out who they were and ever since then I've been wanting to repay them for their kindness.
    Not to mention - we have common interests in Wurst! hehe :D

  • At 5/04/2014 2:44 pm, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    It's a sausage-fest!!! What do you do with the grieben schmalz?

  • At 5/04/2014 4:19 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    OMG WOW! That reminds me of holidays in Germany!!!! YAY! So many "German" places here are just touristy crap, but that looks like the real deal! :) It's on the list for my next visit to Sydney!

  • At 5/04/2014 6:04 pm, Anonymous Alice said…

    Pretzel cravings, check. Fondue envy, yes. Needing a trip to Narrabeen now indeed :)

  • At 5/04/2014 6:19 pm, Anonymous Cindy (a foodie's joy) said…

    Everything looks good! Makes me want a kransky right now! :)

  • At 5/04/2014 7:01 pm, Anonymous Gareth said…

    Kransky hot dogs with pear cider and followed by a nice strudel. Never been to Narrabeen, thanks Helen, you've given me a good reason to visit now.

  • At 5/04/2014 10:16 pm, Anonymous john | heneedsfood said…

    Mmm schmalz! Gimme a pretzel so I can dunk into that fatty goodness.

  • At 5/05/2014 12:01 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    LOL 'What's the wurst that could happen"? I'm still chuckling from that.

  • At 5/05/2014 12:40 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    oooh definitely fondue weather and lol just as well it's fondue for one because i aint sharing

  • At 5/05/2014 9:10 am, Anonymous Chris @ MAB vs Food said…

    This place is completely out of the way for me but these sausages look like they are worth driving out for.

  • At 5/05/2014 8:05 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    cheese and chilli sausage fest - im there lol

  • At 5/06/2014 7:27 am, Blogger Ramen Raff said…

    So much awesomeness on so many levels! I would definitely would not stay "kransky" but be happy instead! After having all em donuts, wurst and dawgs hahaha

  • At 5/06/2014 3:43 pm, Blogger Milktea Eats said…

    the wurst scenario is not having enough stomach space for all the food!

  • At 5/06/2014 6:10 pm, Anonymous Michael @ I'm Still Hungry said…

    Oh man, why is this place SO FAR. Is there something similar in Sydney Central?

  • At 5/07/2014 12:21 am, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    Oh I wish I lived closer!

  • At 5/07/2014 10:40 am, Anonymous Abby said…

    Please keep this up... I plan to follow your reviews on my visit!
    I will need lots of recommendations!!

  • At 5/07/2014 10:40 am, Anonymous Abby said…

    Please keep this up... I plan to follow your reviews on my visit!
    I will need lots of recommendations!!

  • At 5/08/2014 12:48 am, Anonymous Gourmet Getaways said…

    That's one smart name for a German bakery. Funny and smart! Thanks for sharing!

    Gourmet Getaways

  • At 5/08/2014 11:31 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    On my to-do list!!

  • At 5/09/2014 10:56 pm, Anonymous Trent @ Food Assault said…

    I love me a good wurst and pretzel, I was hoping for a plate size schnitzel too :)

  • At 5/10/2014 6:45 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Esz - What a lovely coincidence. Hope you enjoy your visit.

    Hi Tina - You can use it in cooking (matzo balls etc) or just spread it on bread. We had it on pretzels. Mmm... tasty.

    Hi Trent - It's only a small cafe but ha, I agree, schnitzels are always a good thing!

  • At 5/15/2014 1:35 pm, Blogger Roo Food said…

    Takes me back to Beer Fest - wurst, wurst and wurst. Keen to check it out.

  • At 5/30/2014 11:37 pm, Anonymous Amanda @ Gourmanda said…

    Sometimes, you can't go past the basics of good meat and good bread! I love the little pots of chicken fat...I'm drooling just thinking of what I could fry in it!


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