When I was a child, there was a caravan with hot dogs for sale a few blocks away from my house. I loved when mum bought me a hot dog there, usually when we went to the pharmacy nearby, not because the hot dogs were great (I’m not saying they weren’t, I just can’t remember) but because of the charm of buying something from a parked vehicle.
Fast forward more than 20 years, and here I am, living in Sydney, and eating the real thing (seriously good German sausages) in a trailer turned into a small cafe. Its name? The German Hut.
The German Hut is hidden in a huge complex, the South Sydney Corporate Park in Alexandria, which houses all sorts of businesses from all sorts of industries, including the South Sydney Markets. If you get there from the entrance in 190 Bourke St and follow the water canal until you reach the nursery, you’ll find the sign that points to your destination.
The last time I was there was last Sunday. Unfortunately the grill was not turned on because there are not too many customers.
But still, they offer some of their goodies for hungry customers like me who pop in during the weekend.
The fixed menu includes different kinds of sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks, plus their famous waffles. There are daily specials on weekdays, too.
First I had a skim cappuccino, generously dusted with chocolate, just as I like it.
While sipping my coffee I watched Boris, the owner, prepare the waffles batter in a large container. After mixing countless batches of batter, he just eyeballs the quantity of each ingredient and the result is always the same. When he started cooking them, the smell made me even hungrier. Then he put them on a rack to cool down and I started taking photos of them (straight from the waffle maker and dusted with icing sugar) to calm down my appetite. Of course it didn’t work and I ended up eating half of a waffle with cherry compote and whipped cream on it.
Waffles may be The German Hut’s bestselling item, but the reason I’m willing to walk 30 minutes from home is the sausages. There’s no point in trying to compare them to your average Aussie sausage. They just beat them all. Ok, I know I may be exaggerating, but honestly they’re really good. There are two kinds: the Kransky (spicy and smoked beef and pork sausage) and the Bratwurst (mild pork sausage). Both come in a bread roll with sauerkraut, crispy onions and your condiments of choice (I like them with sweet mustard only).
I’ve tried some other stuff from them, sandwiches and muffins, all good. They also have soups on weekdays for the hungry corporate people around them, and I’ve heard they’re really worth trying. Too bad I work in the CBD, I’d love to order takeaway for lunch from time to time.
The German Hut
South Sydney Corporate Park
Entry via 190 Bourke St
Alexandria NSW 2015