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Traditionally German Cuisine in Joburg

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October 1, 2014 / German / By
Katie Schenk

I get excited whenever a new restaurant opens in Joburg.  I want to be the first to discover them, though sadly, I don’t think that I ever am.  It’s not that I don’t get to them early – it’s only that someone always beats me to the post.  Perhaps that has to do with how much time I actually spend out and about.  As a freelancer working from a home office, I spend a lot of my non-travelling days tucked up at home with my computer in front of me.  Having said that, most of my forays into the world do revolve around food... or beer. 

But, I do think I was the first in my circle to get to the new Brauhaus restaurant in Melville.  I know this because I have had plenty a conversation about it with my friends over the past few weeks.  As soon as I heard a new German restaurant opened, I was keen to get there as quickly as possible, and I took the first opportunity that I got. 

Melville is a trendy suburb near the Joburg city centre, and it is constantly transforming itself.  Over the years, restaurants have opened and closed based on the demands of the residents and the flocks of visitors that walk along the village-like main street.  And, it was time for Melville to open a German restaurant focused on traditional cuisine with a modern twist – and craft beers too. 

Unfortunately, the name Brauhaus is a bit of a misnomer as there is no brewery on the premises, but that might be the one thing I didn’t fall in love with immediately.  And that is saying something since my partner, and I only popped in for a snack and a couple of beers.  The atmosphere of the Brauhaus is wonderfully relaxed without being at all casual (which is saying something considering the Melville vibe). There are these incredible moose heads on the wall.  (Don’t worry, I didn’t see any of the real, stuffed variety.)  And, even the curtains in the bathroom are reminiscent of those you would find in a German village pub.

The menu made it difficult to find a snack, simply because I wanted one of everything.  But, we decided on the meat and cheese platter.  And, even this simple meal did not disappoint.  The black forest ham was simply sensational, and the horseradish sauce was gobbled as quickly as we could get it in our mouths.  The beer selection, although small, is choice, and we were content to watch the sun set as we enjoyed our table by the window and the nibbles that went with it. 

My biggest mistake was not heading out for a full meal as the spätzle I saw carried to a nearby table looked divine.  And the South African Wildebeast Ragu special told me that I would never again be lost for a special night out in Melville.  Next time I am going with an empty stomach and plenty of time to enjoy a long, leisurely meal.  And maybe, just maybe, I’ll bring the kids.


Brauhaus

Country: South Africa

Province/State: Gauteng

City: Melville

Address: 7th Street, Corner 3rd Avenue Melville

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: In the middle of Melville's best known and loved street. Look for the moose.

Phone: +27 11 482 4219

Website:http://brauhaus-melville....

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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