Have just come back from the opening night scramble. It was rather quite rammed already at 6.30 and it took a while to get served at the bar. The beer selection is very impressive and I like the fact that they have not chosen to include a bulk British brand for those who only want the familiar stuff. Two pint steins also get served, which is great when you literally want to go out for just one.
The atmosphere and the staff seemed very friendly, despite being rather busy trying to cope on the first night. The food is quite typically Bavarian, including sausages, sauerkraut, knuckle of pork and scnitzels with schwartzwald cake and apfelstrudel as desserts.
We managed to grab some of the free food plates floating around, we got to taste the schweinhaxe (knuckle of pork) and what we thought must be the bratwurst on the menu. We both thought it was a bit on the bland side flavourwise, even if the presentation looked authentic. Maybe they had tried to adapt to a more British taste, but for us it was far too bland tonight.
The place has a nice cellar feeling to it, but the walls are painted in bright white and the place felt slightly too sterile and bright. The tables are wooden with long benches seating six comfortably. They are placed quite tightly indise thoug and if you sit be the wall end of the table you can't move from the table without everyone else standing up first.
My companion had been to Zeitgeist before and she said she far preferred it for authenticity so we will try to visit them soon as well.
But all in all a very nice effort to make German cuisine fashionable and we might try another time when they have found their feet to see whether the food is any better then. But just for a great selection of beers I can recommend the place anytime!
Went along for the opening night - and a bit of a mixed bag.
On the plus side, it's very clean and the refurb looks nice, the benches and low arches make it seem quite cosy and authentic. The food that was on offer - fresh pretzels, sausages and sauerkraut - was really tasty, and there's a really good range of draught beer in a good range of sizes (half/pint/stein). I love Bavarian food and they had a great menu on offer, including spaetzle, weisswurst and maltauchen (dumplings).
On the down side, I waited at the bar for quite a while before being told that it was table service only, so we found a table and after another wait a waitress took our order. Waited 15 minutes before flagging down a (manager?) who was rather rude/defensive when we asked if there was a problem with our order, I'm hoping these are just opening night teething troubles rather than his general attitude to customers because he wasn't exactly welcoming! Also communal (bench) seating which is fine, but the staff seemed to find it tricky as we were sharing a table - putting our drinks down with another party rather than next to us. Also not cheap at £4.45/pint for the Paulaner Munchen.
Will be interested to see how it performs once the opening night's passed!
I decided that I would go and find out what Katzenjammers is like for myself this afternoon and have lunch. I arrived about 4pm with my wife and we sat down and started looking through the menu. A waitress came over and asked us if we would like to order drinks. I ordered a pint of German beer and my wife a Cola.
The waitress served us with the drinks and then announced that they only serve food 12-3 and then 6 till 10.00.
I checked on the literature and on the board outside and nowhere does it say they do not serve food between 3 and 6 so we finished our drinks and left disappointed.
We went next door to the Wheatsheaf where it clearly states on their board, food served on Saturday 12.00 till late, however to be sure I asked the bar lady. She said they start serving food at 5.00pm.
Why is it so difficult to eat out around here between 3 and 6 on a Saturday. With Borough Market and all the tourists that it brings, I would have thought they would do food all day.
We ended up at Wagamama 's, at least they were serving food
Had lunch there recently. Committed the major sin of having a delicious fruit beer, then had three or four smallish sausages with sauerkraut and asked them for a bowl of mash to go with it. It was very cheap and very good indeed.