18 – 28 Market Lane, Melbourne Vic 3000
Phone: (03) 9663 3361
German food is kind of something that I rarely have. So flipping through the entertainment book, we realised that we have a voucher for Hofbrauhaus yet to be utilised!
H is situated opposite of Shoya and Flowerdrum on Market Lane. They are currently open for business in the new wing while renovation work is underway on the old site which is just next door! Once entering the main door, you could hear the lively music playing upstairs while the bar operates on the lower level.We started the night with Brot Korb: a selection of freshly baked German bread served with butter; and Brezel: freshly baked Bavarian pretzel served with butter. The bread were fluffy and delicious; I love the pretzel minus the salt sprinkled on it. It was chewy and not too doughy. A delight that’s for sure!
Of course, at a German restaurant, you will have to try their tap beer. I had a huge serving of HB Original, it was crispy and had no strong aftertaste.As for the mains, we had Jagerfleisch: Pan fried grain fed beef eye fillet minute steak, topped with forest mushroom sauce, served with sauteed vegetables and pan fried potatoes. The beef was rather tender and completed by the fabulous mushroom sauce. Not overly creamy and potatoes on the side were fried to perfection.
Not forgetting a must try, Schweinshax’n: Bavarian pickled, roasted pork knuckle on a bed of sauerkraut, served with house made potato dumplings and natural pork jus. I did not expect the dish to be so HUGE, remembered having my first pork knuckle in Singapore where it was much much smaller! It was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. However, the potato dumplings were rather disappointing. Tasteless and overdone. Having too much of it just did not execute the dish nicely. The jus was fragrant and managed to soften the boring dumplings a tiny notch.
Overall, it was a wonderful experience with the live music, interesting decor, waiters and waitresses in their cute traditional Bavarian costumes. I would like to go back and sample more of their intricate menu, but be warned that it is best to go with a empty tummy as the portions prove to be a ‘nasty’ challenge!