Ger­man beer hall opens

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - MATTY HOLDSWORTH Matty.Holdsworth@sc­

THE taste of authen­tic Bavaria has of­fi­cially ar­rived on the Sun­shine Coast with the open­ing of a 400-seat Ger­man restau­rant.

The Bavar­ian Sun­shine Plaza was un­veiled in the Coast’s largest shop­ping cen­tre yes­ter­day.

Hun­dreds of hun­gry din­ers poured into the restau­rant, which is fit­ted out with tra­di­tional beer hall ta­bles, chan­de­liers and over­flow­ing steins.

For lo­cals Will and Ash­leigh Gor­don, who were among the first through the doors, it was well worth the wait.

Mr Gor­don, who is half Ger­man, said the chicken schnitzel, in par­tic­u­lar, re­minded him of the moth­er­land.

“There’s this restau­rant in Mu­nich we like to go to which has a schnitzel the size of a plate, on top of potato salad,” Mr Gor­don said.

“Over there it is off the charts amaz­ing, and this is as close as you get to it.”

Mrs Gor­don said Bris­bane restau­rants of­fered sim­i­lar qual­ity, but with a new­born, it was too far to travel.

“We are re­ally pleased it is here. There isn’t any­thing like it on the Coast,” she said.

“The deck­ing on the floor, the ta­bles, glasses, ev­ery­thing is re­ally authen­tic.

“It’s not over-the-top Ger­man ei­ther. I think they got the Aus­tralian bal­ance right.”

It is Rock­pool Din­ing Group’s eighth Bavar­ian restau­rant in the state, join­ing Bris­bane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

The restau­rant’s menu in­cludes 20 thirst-quench­ing

beers on tap, a mix of tra­di­tional and lo­cal brews, mouth­wa­ter­ing pork knuck­les, clas­sic and gourmet sausages and a whop­ping 1kg schnitzelmeis­ter.

Food and bev­er­age di­rec­tor Shaun Baker said it of­fered some­thing for a wide range of de­mo­graph­ics.

“The open­ing has been great. Ev­ery­one has come in smil­ing and happy,” Mr Baker said.

“It’s go­ing to be great for birth­days, fam­i­lies, and just for a beer. It is our first venue on the Coast and it is ex­cit­ing to be part of the water­front din­ing precinct.”

Photo: Patrick Woods

PROST: Will Ash­leigh with fam­ily and friends en­joys the open­ing of The Bavar­ian at Sun­shine Plaza yes­ter­day.

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