The German Arms Hotel in Hahndorf is full of history and was first established back in 1839. It’s known for its large selection of local and German beers, as well as their pub style meals. Adelaide Food Central was invited to sample some of their dishes today. All food and drink were provided free of charge.
For entree, I had the Warm Lemon and Thyme Fried Squid and Sardine Lettuce Salad. The squid was tender and succulent, and possibly some of the best I’ve ever had. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and was well complimented by the bits of sardine thrown into the mix. The salad was adequately dressed and this was definitely a good start to proceedings.
My friend ordered the Classic Fried Whitebait with lime aioli. The whitebait was crunchy as expected and would be ideal for a TV snack.
For mains, I had the Beef Baby Back Ribs. I should have read the menu properly when ordering because the ribs are a full kilogram! They are simply massive and the sight of them was enough to make me full. The ribs were tender and succulent, and the meat simply fell off the bone. The sticky bourbon glaze wasn’t too sweet which was ideal for the serving size. I also thought the onion rings were well executed, and up there with some of the best.
My friend had the Zebra Burger. While it wasn’t the most attractive burger I’ve seen, I was told it was delicious. The beef patty was thick and juicy with a lovely layer of cheese melted on top. The saltiness of the bacon was balanced by the sweetness of the caramelised onion and Beerenberg tomato chutney. The lettuce was fresh and crisp, and the bun was firm enough to hold all the ingredients in.
For dessert, we started off with the Chocolate Mascapone Tart. This dish was full of chocolatey goodness. The chocolate ganache was rich and decadent, the mascapone was smooth and creamy, while the tart was firm but crumbly. It was great and it got us all excited.
The Hot Apple Strudel is a German classic which was very well executed. The pastry was nice and flaky, with almond slices adding a lovely crunchy texture. The apple filling was piping hot which was a perfect contrast in temperature to the smooth, creamy ice cream.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we had the Baked Black Forest Cheesecake. I must say, I’m a big fan of baked cheesecakes, and words cannot describe how good this was. It had a lovely thick consistency and the texture was very smooth. It was subtle in sweetness which was well complimented with the berries.
We were impressed with each and every dish that was brought out to us. Not only was the quality good but the serving sizes were also very generous. Combine that with friendly, attentive service and spacious surrounds, and it was very enjoyable dining experience.
WHERE: 69 Main St, Hahndorf