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You Can Find Real German Food... in South Africa

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September 18, 2014 / German / By
Katie Schenk

You may not know this, but I have this rather detailed dream of having a flat in Germany or Switzerland.  And although it hardly sounds exacting from my lack of specificity on locale, I’ve got a list of must-haves for this apartment.  Not that I plan to live there all the time, mind you.  I’m not sure I’d be in residence for more than three months a year. 

Sadly, I’m nowhere close to achieving this dream at the moment.  But, I’ve not given up on it.  When I feel that Germany is too far away, I head to a German-South African pub and restaurant in Joburg called the Schwabinger Stuben.  Now, it does feel like a rambling, South African bushveld pub when you walk around.  But, the menu – and many of the beers are German.  And, that’s what counts when you need to take a mini-holiday in your mind.

The other day, I definitely needed a break.  With the addition on the house nearly finished, I’d spent something like 48 hours moving furniture and storage boxes around the house.  There was a lot of cleaning, a lot of dust and a lot of step-ladder climbing to reach the upper storage levels.  In other words, I was exhausted and ready for an afternoon of relaxation.  So, we headed out to Schwabinger – although we were a little fearful that we wouldn’t get a table.  After all, every other time I’ve been there, it’s been jamming, and I’ve felt privileged to have a seat.  As it turns out, there’s usually a Sunday lunch (often complete with Smoked Pork Neck) and when we arrived after 3pm, we had the run of the place.  Although that was a little strange, it was nice to find parking available.

I get the same thing every time I go to Schwabinger: sausages with German potato salad and sauerkraut.  And yes, that’s what I eat in Germany too.  It’s not that I don’t like the Eisbein or the Sauerbraten because I most certainly do.  It’s just that I don’t get to mini-holiday at Schwabigner frequently enough to explore away from my favourites.

On this particular Sunday, the boys were in a similar mood – they wanted to enjoy a bit of an afternoon holiday with some sausages.  Though, I do think that Felix was convinced we were headed somewhere slightly more formal than where sandal-wearing Germans in Joburg would dine.  But, that’s okay.  Our sausages were perfect; the kartoffelsalat was everything I wanted and after my first Bitburger beer, it was almost like I was in Deutschland...  Well, for the afternoon, at any rate.

Schwabinger Stuben

Country: South Africa

Province/State: Gauteng

City: Ferndale, Randburg

Address: 387 Main Avenue

Zip/Post Code: 2194

Location Tips: In Randburg, on Main between Bond St and the Magistrates Court

Phone: +27 11 787 2550

Website:http://schwabinger.co.za/...

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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