The German Arms Hotel, Hahndorf

So I’m an Adelaidean born and bred… yet I’ve rarely set foot on the outskirts of Adelaide metro. Surprised? All my friends were, for as long as they’ve known me, they only found out recently that I’ve never been anywhere. And by anywhere, I mean the likes of Victor Harbour, Hahndorf, Barossa Valley, Clare Valley and Kangaroo Island… just to name a few! Heh, no… I haven’t been living under a rock my whole life time… I just never got the chance or opportunity to venture outside of Adelaide metro, so during the past holidays, I made it a priority to go and visit at least one of those places mentioned!

Plans were made: location (Hahndorf), date, time, people and transportation; all sorted a night before the day trip and the three amigos were off the following morning!

C and her little Toyota Echo beast on the road bypassing 4WD’s, trucks and family sized cars. Beast of a car I tell you…! Haha

Hahndorf is a small German town just 30 minutes away from the CBD (I couldn’t believe how close it was!) littered with small goods outlets, German bakeries, pubs, cafes, lolly shops, souvenir shops, craft outlets and even a puppet store! A town away from town, and today, we were certified tourists!

The weather was perfect, slightly cooler than what it is in the CBD, a welcome change from the recent stint of 40degree + days!

When in a German town, one must have Japanese food! :

I kid, I kid!

When in a German town, one must have German food!

We try our luck at The German Arms Hotel, a popular and favourite among the locals. The venue exudes an “old-world charm set amongst modern comforts” with basically everything decked out in recycled timer: chairs, tables, stairs, ceiling, pillars, etc.

hahndorf, the german arms hotel
Crumbed calamari with chips, lemon and tartare, $19.00
Trio of German Wursts: Bockwurst, Weisswurst and Kransky, presented on a bed of sauerkraut accompanied by rhine potatoes and bavarian mustard, $22.00

We all found the trio of wursts to be heavy, salty and the Weisswurst (white one) rather tangy. I thought it was chicken meat at first, but turns out its made from finely minced veal and fresh pork bacon with lemon, onions and ginger. ‘plains why it was tangy! The accompaniments of sour sauerkraut and tangy mustard didn’t help, but the potatoes did manage to cut through the taste somewhat. Shame there wasn’t more.

hahndorf, the german arms hotel
The Arms Caesar Salad: crispy bacon, egg, anchovies, lettuce, croutons, Arms caesar dressing topped with slivers of parmesan cheese, accompanied by crusty grissini sticks, $16.00

Salty salty salty! Almost like salt in a bowl. Salty bacon, salty anchovies and salty parmesan. Le sigh.That’s all I got from it. Salt.

Lovely town, can’t wait to come back and try the other eateries on offer!

Food: 2/5
Service: 2.5/5
Value: 2.5/5
Ambience: 3/5


The German Arms Hotel
69 Main Street
Hahndorf, 5245
P 08 8388 7013

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