Shoppers, diners and entertainment seekers will be on a hot dog high when The Bavarian debuts in Adelaide, opening at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza with 500 free dogs from 11am on Thursday, 25 October.
The feasting and festivities are set to continue with The Bavarian Tea Tree hosting a huge Oktoberfest launch weekend of oompah bands, singing, dancing, set menus, competitions, prizes and official Oktoberfest beer.
Located in the dining and lifestyle precinct of the new Westfield Tea Tree Plaza in the north-eastern suburb of Modbury, The Bavarian boasts 400 seats, including an al fresco dining area for up to 100 guests. Forty-five full-time and casual jobs have been created.
Friday festivities begin at 6pm with live oompah music, followed by a sausage eating competition at 6.30pm. Stein holding, chicken dancing, pork knuckle eating, non-alcoholic beer chugging and sausage tossing competitions follow at half-hour intervals, with an after-party from 9.30pm.
The Oktoberfesting will reach fever pitch on Saturday, 27 October with eight hours of back-to-back competitions and prizes. An official keg tap at midday signals the start of the celebrations and the first lunch seating, followed by a second seating at 3pm and a third at 6pm. A children’s face painter will be on site from 12pm to 4pm and adults can enjoy an after party from 9pm.
Face painting continues on Sunday, 28 October when children under 12 can eat for free from the kids’ menu.
The Bavarian offers a little taste of Oktoberfest every day of the year. The menu spans classic Bavarian dishes, such crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly, classic German and gourmet sausages, shared platters, and a range of traditional and loaded schnitzels. Lighter bites include chicken wings, pork bao buns and spicy squid. Build-your-own salads from a checklist of fabulous, fresh ingredients deliver something for everyone.
The menu is bolstered by a range of daily deals, including a $15 schnitzel and beer special every week-day lunchtime, dinner specials such as half roast chicken, chips and slaw ($10) every Monday, two-for-one schnitzels on Tuesday and All You Can Meat platters ($35pp) every Wednesday.
The menu is complemented by 17 beers on tap, including imported Bavarian favourites Lowenbrau, Franziskaner, Stiegl and Hofbrau, local and regional craft brews and a house range by Urban Craft Brewing Co.
The Bavarian Tea Tree is Rockpool Dining Group’s 23rd Bavarian restaurant and the first in South Australia.
Rockpool Dining Group CEO Thomas Pash said The Bavarian Tea Tree was a fantastic addition to the Bavarian family and was opening just in time for the group’s Oktoberfest grand finale weekend.
“Our Bavarian restaurants have a large and loyal following across the country and we’re thrilled to bringing our first, affordable and family-friendly destination to South Australia,” Mr Pash said.
“We encourage everyone to come along to The Bavarian Tea Tree’s Oktoberfest weekend for a taste of true Bavarian hospitality, great food and entertainment for the whole family.”
The Bavarian Tea Tree is a contemporary, casual restaurant with design features that reflect its Bavarian heritage, including stone walls, alpine finishes and large, communal timber tables with bench seating.
Signature features include a custom-designed vintage beer barrel wall, hand-painted brewing graphic, vintage Bavarian artefacts and an eye-catching stein chandelier featuring over 500 1-litre glass steins above the bar.
An abundance of green plants and vines cascade from an internal pergola, hanging baskets and planter boxes embedded into the walls, adding a splash of colour and a fresh feel.
Plants also adorn two solid timber drinking ledges – with seats for around 15 guests in total – that are framed by bi-fold windows and look out onto two, landscaped al fresco dining spaces at the front of the restaurant. These windows, plus two large glass bi-fold doors at the entrance, flood the restaurant with natural light.
WHERE: Tenancy R7, Level 1, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Road, Modbury