In just seven weeks of operation The Bavarian, in the Grand Central Shopping Centre in Toowoomba, has attracted quite a following.

Even on the cold winter midweek nights that the city is currently experiencing, The Bavarian’s seating for 350 is often filled close to capacity while bookings are essential at the weekends. Much of this can be put down to a proven formula of providing a wide ranging menu of stylishly presented and tasty, easily edible foods at reasonable prices. These include the Giant Pretzel, which is a perfect accompaniment for The Bavarian’s beers, and a delicious Hummus and Dip Platter for starters; a variety of platters; signature dishes such The Famous Crispy Port Knuckle, schnitzels, sausages, gourmet selections and a variety of salads and desserts, if there is room.

These dishes can be accompanied, of course, by an exceptional list of beers. These vary from clean, crispy, larger goodness, through thirst quenchers; to dark and easy, smooth and tropical; to “don’t worry, be hoppy” limited editions. Favorites amongst the beers are the Lowenbrau, Franziskaner, Stiegl and Hofbrau as well as house craft beers, which are supplied by the Urban Craft Brewing Co while schnapps, wines and cocktails are also available. The meals and beers are served on stylish wooden benches that can accommodate from two to 10 people, who can watch major sporting events on large screens, if they desire.

The accompanying atmosphere is bright and lively and the service provided under the management of Sam Elliott cannot be faulted. A Welshman in his 12th year in the food and beverages industry Sam, who handles his role in a confident, personable way, says a lot of the popularity of The Bavarian results from promotion of specialities the biergarten provides like the “two for one schnitzels of a Tuesday” or the “10c chicken wings all day” offerings. “It is all going even better than we anticipated,” Sams says. “We are already looking forward to being even busier once the weather starts to warm up.”

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