Having seen the free beer add on RiotACT for Zierholz at the Brewery I thought that it would be an opportune time to go and experience the venue. I have previously drunk a range of Zierholz beers at venues around town and even experienced the wonder that is their mini keg system but I was interested to see what would be on offer in the way of Germanic beer hall dinning.
I wont go on about the layout of the bar or the beer as other Rioter’s have examined this in depth in previous posts but will focus on the food.
Now I’m no stranger to Germanic food having backpacked there in my youth and eating copious amounts of it at home given that for years my father thought we were of dubious Germanic background – to the extent he wanted to call me Klaus (but on closer examination of the family tree we don’t have a German ancestor).
On offer on the blackboard was a selection of about 6 meals, all 100% Germanic in style and all sounding mouth-watering.
Deciding to skip over the ever tempting wursts myself and another of my party settled on having ‘pork belly on spätzle (German egg noodles) with asparagus and sweet German mustard’ accompanied perfectly by a pint of Zierholz Weizen.
Not having had spätzle before I was amazed not only by the vibrant yellow colour of the noodles but their rich flavour. The pork belly was nice but the addition of the sweet German mustard turned what was otherwise a good meal into a truly memorable, top quality one.
Our other food taster opted for a steak with sauerkraut and again the obligatory mustard. The steak, ordered rare, looked as if it was cooked to perfection and from a normally chatty bunch all sound bar that of munching stopped as we savoured our meals. Even the consumption of the amber liquid slowed.
The cost of the meals was a very reasonable $15 each.
Overall I highly recommend the Zierholz dinning experience.
[ED – For the enthusiast they’re also doing a range of rather snazzy t-shirts. Available from the bar]