On Wednesday, as part of our regular meet up myself and some friends went out for some food. The original plan was to go to Padella, however when my friends arrived there about 17:40 they found a rather large queue at the door (you cannot book at Padella) so diverted to Katzenjammer.
Katzenjammer is a German style “bierkeller” and restaurant. It’s located just next to Borough Market so great for either a quick drink or a nice sit, eat and drink.
We grabbed a table near the bar (because that’s the best place to sit, obviously) and started to peruse the menu. I was feeling particularly hungry so went for the sausage platter; selection of five sausages served on a bed of sauerkraut or red cabbage. I also got a side of fries for us all to nibble. My friends got the Jager Schnitzel (hunter style schnitzel with a dark mushroom sauce), spätzle (Bavarian pasta with cheese and onions) and a small sausage plate.
I love this style of German food. It may be massively clichéd but it is so ridiculously tasty and satisfying when you’re having beer. My food was delicious. I started to struggle towards the end but I persevered and defeated the plate. Each sausage was different and brought something new. I was a big fan of the thinner pfefferbeisser and paprikawurst. Denser, slightly chewier sausages which pack ridiculous amounts of flavour. I love cabbage and the sauerkraut and red cabbage accompaniments were excellent.
Of course, I tried a little of my friends food too. The Jager Schnitzel was crispy and a little dry but the mushroom sauce saved it. The spätzle was nicely cooked but massively under seasoned for my taste (and for my friends. He spent most of the meal adding salt and pepper to it!) All in all the food was very good and I’d eat there again without hesitation.
The other reason we were there was for beer! I tried 3 different beers before we left; Paulaner hefe-weissbier dunkel (dark wheat beer), Rosarda (Belgian rose beer made with summer berries) and Floris Apple (delicious Belgian fruit beer made with apples). All of these beers were excellent and that was barely scratching the surface of the selection of beers.
Katzenjammers is highly recommended. Food, drink and location make it a real winner.