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Eisbein & Co.

Eisbein & Co.
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
German, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Alida Ryder

Food
If it’s hearty food you’re after, look no further. Eisbein & Co offers comfort food to the max with big portions and value for money. The list of starters includes standard steak-house favourites like crumbed mushrooms, peri-peri chicken livers and snails, but if you feel like something more authentically German, try the Matjes herring. Their thick pea soup with German sausage is a great winter warmer.

The mains are so big, though, you might want to skip the starters altogether. They have a good range of specials available and if you are lucky enough to come across their pork shoulder special, order it immediately! It's an enormous piece of slow-roasted pork shoulder with absolutely perfect crackling, served with your choice of starch (the spatzle is particularly delicious) and sauerkraut. The pork is meltingly tender and well-flavoured but the crackling is the star here – crisp and well-seasoned.

The Weiner schnitzel is very tender and comes served with a rich mushroom gravy. The pork belly is another crowd favourite. It is excellently prepared and again, comes with their sauerkraut, which is the perfect accompaniment to the rich meat. If you are in the mood for something sweet after your meal (and if you still have space) the apple strudel served with vanilla bean ice cream is a treat and is a comforting way to end off your meal.

Drinks
The wine list offers standard wine options from well-known wine estates like Nederburg, Boschendal, Zonnebloem and Neethlingshof, with local wines being the main focus.

Service
The service is straight-forward and efficient. Servers and managers do the rounds regularly to ensure you are taken care of and the German chef is often seen keeping a keen eye on the service.

Ambience
Old-fashioned charm, simple decor and clean white linens all add to the ambience of this establishment. It's not particularly vibey but feels very organised and well-run.

And…
A must-visit for anyone looking for authentic German food, large portions and good beer. Their on-tap varieties are all excellent.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Feel like some serious eating? This restaurant boasts spectacular meaty fair, from the eisbein (as you would expect from the name), to pork belly or shoulder (specially cut to order) and made Nuremberg style. They’re also proud of their fish fare, particularly large soles which are served old-style. Have a chat to chef/owner Ronald Kruger, who has spent his life doing what he enjoys, and let him guide you on what to have on a particular night. Don’t miss out on their duck, which is served with sour cherries that contrasts beautifully with the sweetness so familiar to this bird. Or if you want the healthiest meat in town, try the bush pig (if available). Starters aren’t a good idea, given the portion sizes of the main dishes, but the Matjes Herring, served with mayo and apples, is divine. Finish off an apfelstrudel, which encapsulates the authenticity of the restaurant.

    Drinks
    Quality and value for money are the key words here.

    Service
    It’s like a family. They’ve been around longer than most and know what it takes to deliver satisfying service.

    Ambience
    Eisbein & Co has both a formal and a more relaxed balcony area and it is all about gemütlichkeit and good food. The stems in a large part from the people and the comfort of the food they serve. If a hearty plate of German-style food is what makes you smile, there’s nothing to beat this. It’s one of a kind.

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    Also watch out for their many specials.

  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    If you are looking for proper German food, large portions and bang for your buck, this is the place. The food is as authentically German as they come.

    Melt-in-the-mouth schnitzel served with delicious gravy is a favourite, but what you should be going for is their legendary Eisbein. This enormous dish is smoky in flavour and the meat is deliciously tender.

    For side dishes they have everything from the usual spinach, pumpkin and mash to their light-as-a-feather spaetzle and homemade sauerkraut. Other German favourites on their menu include their famous pickled herring; the forelle, which consists of pan-fried trout served either with toasted almonds or stuffed with spinach and mushrooms; and an assortment of sausages including bratwurst. A very popular dish in summer is their schweizer wurst salate, which consists of chopped cold meats, emmenthal and pickles served on lettuce.

    To finish your meal, opt for the apple strudel served with ice cream, which sports crisp pastry filled with fragrant apples, raisins and cinnamon.

    Drinks
    The wine selection is good but when in Germany… What you should order is their weiss beer. Apart from the weiss they also offer the wares of a few artisanal breweries on tap.

    Service
    Service is friendly and efficient. The owner himself is always available to guide you through the menu, should you need help deciding what to have.

    Ambience
    Casual and jovial are two words I’d use to describe this establishment. The décor is very simple and a little old fashioned but that shouldn’t put you off, the food is what you're here for.

    And…
    In winter they also make the most delicious glühwein.

    (July 2014)

  • Great food at competitive prices. As the name suggests, eisbein and oxtail should be top of your list, but the duck is also extraordinary. If a hearty plate of German-style food makes you smile, this is all yours. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • This was the greatest let-down I have had in ages. Everything our group ordered was tasteless and bland, and served unimaginatively. The ambience is also nothing special. We will not be back.
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  • Everything we expected, and more!
    I had pork neck and my partner pork belly for mains and Apfel strudel for desert. Excellent cuicine, and don't forget the Weisbier.
    We will be back!!
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  • We went to Eisbein & Co for my sisters birthday, I did not expect much. I was pleasantly surprised! The décor is not that great, the staff might seem a bit uptight, but the food is really good! Don't mention the Weissbier! I would really recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants to eat authentic German food.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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