Löwenbräu Keller

Cnr Playfair and Argyle Streets
The Rocks, Sydney

I used to hear Ben rant about Löwenbräu, and have read about numerous food bloggers’ obsession with the Bavarian beer hall. Since I was in Sydney, I decided to give it a go!

The bare stone walls, the long wooden tables and the waiters clad in traditional attire transformed the restaurant into a semi-authentic German setting. The place was loud and lively, and there was a band playing silly old songs on a raised platform at the back of the restaurant.

For some reason, everyone in the photo was wearing black.

Cabinet full of what I assumed to be beer cans/mugs?

Since I already knew what I wanted (the famous pork knuckle), it was a matter of choosing the beer. I picked the mango weizen (mango wheat beer), which tasted like mango juice combined with beer – it was heavenly.

Mango weizen

My pork knuckle finally came, and man, was it a sight! The giant knucke balanced dangerously on a bed of sauerkraut and mashed potato. It was encrusted in a ring of heart-attack-inducing crackling, but oh-so-delicious.

My special steak knife dug into the meat, which fell off the bone! The meat was cooked well, kept moist, with only some bits that were a bit dry. I teared off the crackling in one swift motion and polished it off.

Enormous pork knuckle 🙂

The aforementioned pork knuckle after I was done with it.
The dessert plate (which a colleague ordered) also looked amazing. I tasted some apple strudel, which was ok, but probably not the best I have had.

Dessert platter

I would definitely recommend this place for any meat and beer lover (vegetarians beware)!