Sommerfest

by josh on November 30, 2012

11/15/13 Update: Major menu update and items added.

Location: Sommerfest is located in the Germany Pavilion.

Food Type: German.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.  No Kids’ Picks so kids can easily order an adult entree.

Menu:

Unique Items: Most items.

Advantages:

  • Among the most inexpensive entree choices on property.  Add a Pretzel and you have a ton of food for the same price as a lot of regular adult entrees.
  • Frankfurters and Bratwurst are higher quality than your typical Disney Hot Dog and only cost about $1 more.
  • Expanded menu offers more entrees.

Disadvantages:

  • Very little , mostly outdoor seating. It’s quite possible there will be nowhere to sit.
  • Menu items may not be accessible to all palates.

Value: Above average.  For about $1 more than the standard Disney Dog, you can get a much more interesting Frankfurter or Bratwurst with a roll and sauerkraut.

Reputation: Those that dine here tend to enjoy it.

Food Choices:

Bratwurst and “authentic hand-twisted pretzel:”

These pretzels are the best at Disney World (and huge) and the bratwurst is one of the cheaper entrees available in any of the Parks.  Pretzel quality can be lower if they’ve been sitting for a while.  Ask for a fresh one.  Don’t discount Sommerfest just because you don’t “like” sauerkraut.  First of all, they’re happy to serve it without sauerkraut.  Second, it’s a mild sauerkraut.  For example, I don’t like sauerkraut.  Even the thought of sauerkraut makes me a little nauseated.  But I like Sommerfest’s sauerkraut.  Maybe that means I like sauerkraut, I don’t know.  Anyway, this is the only place I’ll eat it.  For the slightly less adventurous, the frankfurter is basically a hot dog.  If you’d like to eat here and you’re uncertain whether junior will oblige you, you might just sit him down away from the menu and tell him that you’ll bring him a hot dog.  I also like the fact that on the Disney Dining Plan you can order the pretzel as your “dessert.”  And because there’s no “kid’s menu,” you’ll have no problem ordering the kids the full-size entree.  Overall, I really enjoy Sommerfest and it’s an excellent choice for a quick, relatively inexpensive meal.

Currywurst and Nudel Gratin:

On the right is the Currywurst – Pan-seared fine Brat with Curry Ketchup, Curry Seasoning, and House-made Paprika Chips – $8.99. On the left is the $3.49 Nudel Gratin.

I had no idea what to expect from the Currywurst. It turned out to be a bland sausage topped with a forgettable ketchup and a sprinkle of curry powder. I was expecting a bit of a crunch from the exterior of the brat, but that wasn’t present either. I wouldn’t characterize the dish as bad necessarily, there just was not a lot of flavor for an item that seems like it should scream layers of complexity in my mouth. The scarce sprinkle of curry powder did add some curry flavor as one might expect.

Perhaps I am not a paprika person, but I didn’t care much for their chips either. They were basically the standard Disney chip with a dusting of paprika. On the plus side, the dish was filling, yet “felt” light in my tummy. It was not the gut bomb that I’m sure that Electric Umbrella hamburger is. And the sausage and chips would be extremely easy to share if you’re looking for a hearty snack to share that isn’t the pretzel.

The Nudel Gratin was better. Both items were served piping hot, to the point where they were still warm after I fiddled around with the pictures.

Half eaten for your viewing pleasure.  This is a baked macaroni/heavy cream/cheese/egg hunk that should be similar/the same as what’s served at Biergarten.  It was not as creamy and rich as I was expecting, which might be a good thing. It otherwise tastes like baked macaroni and cheese. For about treefiddy, you could certainly do worse.

Laberkase:

I thought I would give the Leberkase Reuben – German Meatloaf, Sauerkraut, Swiss, and Mustard on Grilled Artisan Bread – $9.19 a try.

A quick introduction to speaking German in case you’re a little iffy on how to pronounce something.

According to Wikipedia, Leberkase is “corned beef, pork, bacon and onions and is made by grinding the ingredients very finely and then baking it as a loaf in a bread pan until it has a crunchy brown crust.”  It’s a lot closer to an a spongy ham than it is to the traditional American hamburger meatloaf.

The meat was similar to the German Meatloaf Sandwich available during the Flower and Garden Festival.

I was expecting a spicy brown mustard to contrast with the sourness from the sauerkraut, but that was not the case. The mustard was more of a creamy sauce that resulted in what I would characterize as a less-than-desirable texture. The Leberkase is kind of slimy in its own right and the mustard and cheese made for a slippery sandwich. The sauerkraut at Sommerfest is on the mild side and isn’t particularly sour. I’m just saying I would have gone a different direction with the mustard. The Leberkase itself did not have a lot of flavor and was kind of spongy and moist, but it was not as salty as your typical ham.

The bread was freshly grilled after I ordered and the meal was served piping hot. It’s also a ton of food. Otherwise, I’m not real sure what to say about it. The sandwich was not to my tastes, but it wasn’t bad by any means. I was put off a bit by the creaminess of the mustard/cheese mix and ended up eating the meat out of the second half on its own. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you like this sort of thing though. I’m sure there will be more opinions as people have an opportunity to try the new items.

Seating:

Sommerfest has a limited number of covered tables near the cash registers as pictured in the first image above.  It’s not a particularly popular place, so the number of tables is usually adequate

 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather December 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Thank god you labeled the fountain :D

Melissa January 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Lol! I don’t like sauerkraut either and thesis the only place I have eaten it! Not too shabby!

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