Let me just start this post off by saying that I’m not an expert in German food. We only spent two nights in Berlin and so we didn’t exactly have the chance to try lots of German cuisine.
One thing we did enjoy while we were there was a German pub with great beer and very hearty food. Der Metz in Kohimarama seems to be similar to the type of heavy fare we had there – huge roast pork hocks, schnitzels, sausages, pork belly, sauerkraut, rotkraut, potato dumplings, spatzle etc. The decor was very much like some of the pubs we saw there as well.
The servings are ENORMOUS. Luckily they are more than happy to package up your leftovers for you to take home. We both couldn’t finish our meals and ended up taking enough home for a hearty lunch the next day as well. The prices are reasonable (the most expensive menu items are $28) and the service was friendly. It wasn’t the most efficient though, as they seemed a little understaffed at times, but we didn’t experience any of the rudeness that I’ve read on a few online reviews.
We enjoyed our food, but it is very heavy and hearty – it’s the type of meal you have before you go home and sit on the couch for the rest of the night in a slightly dazed food coma. Again, some of the online reviews were by Germans who thought the food wasn’t quite up to their standards, but hubby and I had no complaints. If you want a big, meat-heavy meal and aren’t worried about eating delicate fine-dining dishes, this would be a place to try.
Hubby ordered the pork hock. Tender, juicy meat surrounded by salty, crispy crackling. I admit to pinching probably more than my fair share off his plate! He wasn’t a big fan of the spatzle though – admittedly it was a bit bland.
I had the German platter (Deutsche Platte). This was a taster for some of the other items they had on the menu, but ‘taster’ is really an understatement. It consisted of two huge cuts of roast pork, a medium-sized square of pork belly, two sausages (Numberger) as well as the red cabbage (rotkraut), sauerkraut and three big slices of potato dumpling. I enjoyed the pork belly and sausages the most, as well as the sauerkraut and rotkraut. A bit too much of a meat overload though, but it was tasty. Both meals would have been perfect for a cold winter’s night, rather than a spring evening.
Address: 5-11 Averill Ave, Kohimarama
Phone: 09-528 8012
Open: Mon – Sat 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Sun 11:30am – 9:00pm