Perched upon Argyle Street in the Rocks, Löwenbräu Keller is the perfect venue for a few liters of beer and a good hearty meal. They prides themselves on being the most authentic Munich restaurant in Sydney, and the historic cobble stone streets add a touch of charm while you're playing make-believe wishing you were really in Munich celebrating Oktoberfest.
Löwenbräu Keller has two areas, the outside tables which are perfect for lapping up the daylight savings sun or the traditional Bavarian beer hall bar inside and down stairs. The service is typical German - serious, punctual and dressed in ledenhosen and beer wench dresses. Cheesy and cliché, what more would you want in a German restaurant during Oktoberfest?.... probably beer and food.
There is an extensive beer (Bier) menu with Oktoberfest specials coming in all shapes and sizes, but mostly in the traditional 1 litre beer mug. Get in the spirit and order the Bowenbrau Oktoberfestbier - a full-bodied brew with a hint of spice which will get you feeling very festive. As for the good, if you're on a diet don't even bother. If you like rich, creamy, fried food - you have come to the right place.
I opted not to go for the famous pork knuckle although I fully intended to before I arrived, but it was huge and looked like too much admin for my liking. Given I was a little tipsy I opted for an easier-to-eat pork belly served with braised cabbage, roast potatoes and jus. The pork belly was everything pork belly should be - a tender, juicy, fall-apart-in-your-mouth piece of belly topped with a crisp, golden piece of crackling. I could almost feel the roasted fat residing on my thighs immediately. But when in Germany (or The Rocks), you must do as the Germans do. The chicken schnitzel covered in mushroom sauce and mashed potatoes was just as heart-stopping delicious.
If you're feeling more like a pig than you are a German, never fear, Löwenbräu Keller have a roaming live German band there, yodeling for your entertainment so you can dance the calories and night away....
The Bitter: Probably more than I would have liked to pay, but you only get to celebrate Oktoberfest once (a year)
The Sweet: Service, schnitzel and shameless stereotypes
The Damage: Liter of beer, huge meal and cardiac arrest will cost about $50 per person.
Löwenbräu Keller - 18 Argyle St, The Rocks - Sydney, NSW - lowenbrau.com.au