German beer hall opens
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.”
PROST: Will Ashleigh with family and friends enjoys the opening of The Bavarian at Sunshine Plaza yesterday.