If I suddenly came into a windfall of cash, one of the first things I would do is book a trip Germany. GFB traced his ancestry back to the early 1500′s to confirm what he already knew – he is more than one half German (which explains his love of beer). Even better, a friend of ours married a guy who grew up in Austria – and also enjoys a good brew. So it was the love of beer for the guys, and my desire to try some authentic German cuisine that warranted a trip to Royal Bavaria.
With a passion to build an original Bavarian brew pub in Oklahoma, Jörg Kühne, a businessman from Munich, Germany opened this authentic restaurant and brew house in January of 1994. The 5.5-acre property houses a traditional farmhouse restaurant in the typical Bavarian style as well as a wonderful outdoor beer garden that is perfect for Oktoberfest celebrations.
First, let’s discuss the beer. Most of the beers brewed here conform to the German purity law of 1516, which state that you can only use water, hops and barley in creating your beers (although they have been updated to include yeast and sugar can be included.) They typically have three beers on tap: Kings Gold (traditional Munich Lager is a medium bodied, unfiltered, malt emphasized beer with low bitterness), Kings Weizen (unfiltered, natural highly carbonated wheat beer is mashed with 66% wheat malt Hop character is light in bitterness, flavor and aroma) and the Kings Oktoberfest (unfiltered lager is characterized by a medium body and a deep golden color). However, upon arrival our waiter explained that they were out of the King’s Gold due to a new location they had recently opened in Norman (all those Sooners are chugging a lot of beer!), but offered us a special brew they had created called Orange Lager, which is brewed with barley malt and refreshing citrus like Cascade hops and enhanced with a splash of fresh orange juice to compliment the characteristics of the hops. I like a nice Blue Moon, and I thought this might be the direction they were going with the Orange Lager, so I decided to give it a try. They also had a Dunkelweizen available, which GFB choose. Our friends went with the Oktoberfest.When our beers were served, I anxiously grabbed my mug and proceeded to drink – only to have our friends holler “NO! You can’t drink yet. We have to toast.” They explained that it is German custom when your beers are served to raise your mug, look each of your dinner guests straight in the eye and say “Prost!” while toasting. Who knew!? (Now I do – so thanks Kristian & Jessica!)
I didn’t love the Orange Lager, but the Oktoberfest was very good. The best part, a 1/2 liter is only $5 – or if you have a designated driver with you – go for the 1liter “boot” for $10.
Now on to food. The menu is extensive and the entrees are large- so bring your appetite. We choose to order an appetizer called Oktoberfest Brez’n Plate ($9), which is a freshly baked pretzel served with homemade pate, Bavarian cheese spread and German mustard. I wasn’t a fan of the cheese spread (it had the texture of pimento, but an unusual flavor) – but the homemade pate was great! The appetizer was perfect for the four of us to share before dinner. Other appetizers include traditional German potato soup ($5), a sausage sampler that includes a variety of four sausages ($14) or try the Gegrillte Schweinelendchen auf Toast mit Käse überbacken ($10), which is four grilled pork medallions on rye bread,
topped with two different sauces and melted cheese.
Since our friends were very familiar with German cuisine, I looked to them for direction on which entrees were authentic and tasty (although they all sounded spectacular!). Entrees range in price from $14 for the Spinat-Spätzle in Käse Sauce mit , Tomaten und Salat (homemade spinach- noodles sautéed in cream and Swiss cheese, topped with crispy onions, sun dried tomatoes and mixed salad) to $25 for my dinner choice of Rinderfilet Medallions mit Spinat-Spätzle (beef filet medallions on top of a cranberry-merlot-sauce, served with homemade spinach noodles, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes). If simple, traditional German fare is more your style, try the Wiener Schnitzel which can be ordered with either veal ($21) or pork ($19) and are served with fries and a mixed salad. I was most intrigued by what Kristian ordered, Schweinshax’n”Braumeister ($19) which is a crispy grilled ham shank, served with a beer gravy, a bread dumpling, and red cabbage.
All of the dishes were fantastic. I REALLY liked my Rinderfilet (so much I ate all the beef and half the noodles. I was STUFFED.) I was also able to taste the bread dumpling – which I was told is the most popular side dish in Austria/Germany. It’s a very simple concept – stale bread, egg, and milk are formed into a tight ball about the size of a tennis ball, then boiled in salted water. They are usually topped with brown gravy. It’s a fairly heavy side item – so proceed with caution or you’ll end up feeling like a stuffed pig!
If you want to bring the kids, they offer three kids entree choices, but honestly I’d just find a sitter and head to Royal Bavaria for a fantastic date night with your significant other.
Royal Bavaria definitely hits on all cylinders when it comes to authentic German cuisine. The only downside is their location, which is about 6 miles south of I-40 & Sooner Road in Moore. It’s out in the middle of nowhere, but I HIGHLY recommend making the trip.
Royal Bavaria is open Monday – Saturday from 5pm-9:30 and Sundays until 8:30.