Friday, April 3, 2009

duckstein eisbein

Having had a meal in a winery, I thought it would be unfair not to do the brewery justice. We went to Duckstein Brewery, which shared their estate with a winery called Saracen Estate. The place was bustling with people and was a very classy and modern sort of place. The waitperson all friendly and professional. The restrooms were one of the only few high-tech restrooms I'd ever seen. However, it was to me lacking a certain personal touch and much too commercialised.

I ordered the Eisbein, a large pork shank served with mashed potato and sauerkraut. My accomplice had the Kassler smoked pork cutlets with German potato salad and rye bread. The portion of the Eisbein was massive. I was too full by the end of the meal, and not in a satisfied, rub-your-belly, good kind of full. It was more like, I'm-such-a-greedy-pig, I-can't-believe-I-ate-all-that kind of full. It was quite ugly.

Eisbein : A large pork shank served with mashed potato and sauerkraut - $29.50
Kassler smoked pork cutlets with your choice of German potato salad and rye bread, or mashed potato and sauerkraut - $27.90

I really enjoyed my first few bites of the Eisbein. But after bite number 20, I found the pork too salty, and I thought maybe it was meant to be salty to go with their beer. I didn't order one of the massive glasses of beer, because I don't particularly much care for the taste of beer. And I found out that day that I hate sauerkraut. Who knew that German food doesn't agree with me. The Kassler, I think, was better, although they were also quite salty.

Eventhough I stuffed myself silly, I still couldn't help myself and pop in next door to try out the wines. Their selection of wines were of the dry variety, not like the sweet ones I liked. I didn't buy any.

Duckstein Brewery on Urbanspoon
Duckstein Brewery
3517 Caves Rd
Wilyabrup WA
Open weekdays 11am-5pm, weekends 11am-6pm
(Lunch is served until 3pm, after which a snack menu is available until closing)
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