The Lowenbrau Keller, The Rocks Sydney ($$)

Address: Cnr Playfair & Argyle Streets  The Rocks NSW

Tel: (02) 9247 7785

Website: http://www.lowenbrau.com.au/

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Wednesday night brought MDS, Mattycakes, Nic and I to Circular Quay for the Vivid Sydney Festival. Vivid is a festival that comes on once a year, where the City of Sydney lights up in colours, lasers, shows and neon art installations.

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Me and the gang- inside a light tunnel near CQ

The main events are the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge (of course), but there are smaller shows, cruises and events on around this time as well.

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We headed to Jafe’s Jaffles for some pre-dinner snackage whilst enjoying the view from near the bridge.

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Amosphere

After checking out the lights and brights of Vivid we were starving and decided to head over to the Lowenbrau as Mattycakes wanted a schnitty.

The Lowenbrau is a cute pub-style Bavarian restaurant with lively music indoors and long wooden tables outdoors.

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The stone interior and dim lighting make it look very cosy and warm and definitely somewhere inviting in winter!

Service

There was a bit of a line to get in the restaurant and we waited about 5-10 minutes before getting a table outside. The table was a squeeze to get into as the benches were quite close to the table and difficult to manouevre in a skirt!

Service was very very poor. It was a long while before we got to make an order, it was extremely difficult getting their attention when we wanted a drink or the bill, and when we Mattycakes did order a drink it took ages for it to come out.

Food

Mattycakes ordered the …I’m not even going to attempt to say it out loud…”Knuspriger Schweinebauch”, which was roast pork belly with a beer sauce, sauteed potatoes and braised red cabbage. We all tried a bit and thought it was great as the dish was well presented and the pork was soooo soft and melted in your mouth. The crackling was extremely crunchy and well salted- delicious

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Nic and I ordered the  “Huhnchenschnitzel”  which was served with chips and herbed mayo. The schnitzel was a little thick and not very crispy, while the the chips were a tad soggy and quite a small portion.

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MDS ordered the “Zigeunerschnitzel”- chicken schnitzel on creamy mashed potatoes, spicy gypsy sauce & side salad.

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Overall, my first Lowenbrau experience was pretty average. Service was not very good, food was OK (with the exception of Pork Belly which was delicious), and the prices were quite steep for average food.

Cost:

My meal came to $33.00 including a small lemon lime and bitters.

Rating:

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service- 3.5
  • Food- 6.5
  • Ambience-7.5
  • Value –6.75

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Some more Vivid Pics:

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Schnitzel House, Double Bay ($)

Address: 372 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Tel: (02) 9327 7287

Website: http://www.schnitzelhouse.com.au/schnitzel_house_double_bay

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We returned to this little restaurant for lunch after a great meal there last week.

Food

This time I went for the barramundi that MC got last time, but I ordered it with a side of fries instead of a potato rosti.

The fish was delicious and soft, cooked through on the inside, crunchy skin on the outside.

There was a large serving of fish, chips and salad and I enjoyed all of them. The salad dressing wasn’t to my liking, and the chips were slightly overcooked, but there were no major faults with the dish.

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MC went for the classic chicken schnitzel.

He ordered the Jager schnitzel which came with mushroom sauce, but got the sauce on the side as he was unsure of whether he would like it. He did enjoy the sauce but I think there was a little too much of it (see photo, below).

There was also a HUGE piece of chicken schnitzel and MC managed to eat it all (it’s his favourite food).

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Cost:

The bill came to almost $50.00. Excellent value for a pretty good meal!

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 6
    • Food- 6.5
    • Ambience- 3
    • Value – 8

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Schnitzel House, Double Bay ($)

Address: 372 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Tel: (02) 9327 7287

Website: http://www.schnitzelhouse.com.au/schnitzel_house_double_bay

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I’ve walked past this little store countless times over the past year, but I finally got to try it yesterday.

Service

We were greeted by a very friendly waiter who brought us menus and took our drink orders (pepsi max in cute glass bottles!). Service was good as the waiter was friendly and made us feel comfortable and welcome.

Atmosphere

The restaurant was pretty quiet but the decor was interesting and suitable for the restaurant, if a little outdated. I’m sure on a Friday night this place would attract quite a few patrons from the nearby Golden Sheaf.

Food

Although it is the Double Bay Schnitzel house, we weren’t really feeling schnitzel-y at the time so I ordered salt and pepper squid with chips and MC ordered the grilled barramundi with potato rosti and salad. Both dishes came out within about 10 minutes.

I really enjoyed the salt and pepper squid but would have liked a small side salad to go with it. The chips were delicious, crunchy and well-cooked and there was plenty of calamari. For a “light lunch” dish, this was a HUGE serving and I struggled to finish it (I didn’t!).

MC’s barramundi and salad had a large portion size too. The salad was a good accompaniment for the (massive) grilled fish and the rosti was nice too, although a little soggy.

Overall a nice meal. I hope to try the schnitzel next time.

Cost:

Great value for under $20 each!

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 6
    • Food- 5.5
    • Ambience- 4
    • Value – 8

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