The Sneaky Sausage is a great addition to Cape Town’s ever-evolving specialist food scene, says Eat Out critic Rupesh Kassen. Hailing from the team that created The House of Machines and Outrage of Modesty, The Sneaky Sausage is a modern take on the German beer-hall, serving European-styled street food made from sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. The dedicated sausage bar can be accessed through The House of Machines on Shortmarket Street.
Parking: Park around the corner on Bree or Loop Street
Serves: German sausages, brilliant sides and And Union beers
Best for: Boozy gatherings with friends
Star ratings: Food 4, ambience 3, service 3
Tasty tubular offerings are centric to this menu. The space lends itself to large groups, so sharing might be a good idea to taste the different sausages and delectable sides. The headliner is the currywurst, a poached and grilled bratwurst served on a bed of homemade fries with a mild curry tomato sauce. It’ll transport you to the streets of Berlin, where it is said to have originated, in all its saucy glory. The grilled options are a true sausage fest and allow you to choose from bratwurst, bockwurst, knackwurst, cheese griller, chorizo, or a combination of three. They also have special sausages from Frankie Fenner, which include meat and vegan options.
Order the sides separately or on their own to partner with one of the And Union beers on offer. Choose from potato or sweet-potato fries with truffle oil and polenta, tempura vegetables, cheesy jalapeño wontons (which honestly might be too good to share) or risotto balls. Pickles, sauerkraut and roasted garlic aioli make great additions to the sides or to further spice things up. This place is all about sausage, and dedication to the concept shines in the dishes.
Sausage has a few good partners, but goes especially well with cold beer. Choose from the full range of And Union beers available by the goblet, bottle, on tap, or by the bucket. The wine list is compact but has good selections of niche farms with interesting options like the Oak Valley Stone & Steel Riesling and Ataraxia Serenity. Despite the beer-house vibe, there are some bubbles on the menu if you’re feeling posh or want to celebrate the sausage.
Self-service at the counter is efficient and friendly, and orders are brought to your table.
As you enter The House of Machines, turn right and sneak your way up some stairs to this charming little eatery.The quirky space with fun sausage artworks is reminiscent of a beer hall, with long tables and a few spots along the window over looking Shortmarket Street.
Order one of the speciality currywursts and get a free And Union beer on Wednesdays.
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