Monday, 25 November 2013

Hahndorf Day Trip Part 1: The Haus

Oh, Hahndorf. Such a charming, picturesque and lovely place to wind down instead of going to Schoolies! Or so we thought... My friends and I made the mistake of choosing to visit on a Saturday, when it was swarming with tourists! However, it was still so much fun to discover on our own.

This was actually our second stop of the day, food-wise. The Haus was chosen as our destination for lunch! 

The view from our table. We were tucked into a little alcove which was rather nice because we were right next to glass doors which let in a lot of light, and we were also able to have a little privacy!

Pipsqueak Adelaide Hills Pear Cider $9

Sophie's drink choice. I'm not much of an expert on alcohol (yet...), but I had a sip and thought it was a refreshing way to begin what was to be a very, VERY filling lunch.

Agrum Citrus $4

An overview of everything we ordered. Looking back at it now, I'm surprised at how much of it the four of us girls were able to get through! We thought that the pizzas wouldn't be too large, but boy were we wrong...

The Herbivore $19.90
Roasted pumpkin, semi-dried tomatoes, fetta cheese, pesto & rocket

I don't know if it was because I forgot to have breakfast that morning and was therefore starving by lunchtime, but this was so delicious. I love my pizzas simple, and occasionally with a pesto instead of a tomato sauce base. Thin crust pizzas are also my favourite, so this definitely ticked all the right boxes!

The Peninsula $23.90
Prawns, smoked salmon, capers, onion, lemon & dill aioli drizzle

Wow. Let's just say if you love seafood as much as my friends and I do (a whole lot), then you'll love this pizza. Everything worked beautifully together, and although I wouldn't call this pizza 'simple', I really enjoyed it!

Trio of Wursts $28.90
Chef's selection of German specialty sausages: Bockwurst, Bratwurst & Cheese Kransky, served with creamy mustard potato bake, sauerkraut & mustards

 I've seen plenty of my friends post instagram photos of delicious looking wursts whenever they visit Hahndorf, so this is what I was looking forward to the most! Unfortunately, these were a bit of a disappointment. I did enjoy the Bockwurst and Cheese Kransky, but the Bratwurst was a bit too dense and firm for my liking. It's a good thing we decided to share everything we ordered because I can't imagine myself ever finishing this on my own. The Haus would probably be the place to avoid if you're looking for wursts, in my opinion. 

Haus fries served with garlic aioli $6.90

We all agreed these were some of the best fries we had ever tasted. Not too crispy on the outside but amazingly fluffy on the inside, lightly seasoned with herbed salt and delicious when paired with the aioli. Definitely something you must try if you ever visit (which you totally should!).

Caramelised pear & rocket salad served with blue cheese, prosciutto & toasted walnuts $8

We ordered this without the blue cheese. Such a great salad and much needed to cut through those wursts. One of my favourite salad combinations and very well done by The Haus!

I'm so glad we decided to come here for lunch because the food was excellent! We ordered far too much, so decided to get through as much of everything but the pizzas because they would be easier to take home. We ended up taking home the equivalent of one pizza. 

The service was fantastic. We hadn't made a booking but the most lovely waiter managed to squeeze us onto a table. The waitresses were so friendly, helpful and attentive throughout the entire meal without being the pesky type. The food came out so quickly even though it was packed! 
Does anyone else find it awesome when someone taking your order is able to memorise it all without needing to write it down? I think it just adds to the whole atmosphere of the restaurant. It was a great choice for lunch, as we saw a whole variety of different groups of people; from couples to families, seniors to tourists, to an entire wedding function, it could definitely be said that The Haus is a fantastic place enjoyed by many! We left completely stuffed but very content, ready to explore the rest of Main St.

Overall, 9/10
You MUST try the pizzas and Haus fries!

Look out for Parts 2, 34 in my mini "Hahndorf Day Trip" series :)

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