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Another installment of eating in Antigua … Jardin Bavaria

Posted by Rishiray on March 15, 2013

This week of wedding tastings has been a bit obscene on our waistlines. I’m officially a little tired of eating. Here was the “eatathon” I had to endure today …

  • Breakfast at home = Can of Dukal frijoles! This is awesome …unless you hate frijoles.
  • Wedding tasting at Kolibri restaurant
  • Coffee and breakfast for dinner at Fernando’s

You would assume that should have been a very full day of food. It would have been a very good idea to stop there. I was ahead on all caloric measures but then my other half decided that we would go to Jardin Bavaria for “dinner”. In Antigua, it’s actually listed on the “Things to do” list. If you love German food and/or good beer, then you’ve come to the right place. Their selection of German Beers is the best and largest in Guatemala, and everything on the menu is homemade. They offer a variety of German sausages, schnitzel and other homemade foods in traditional Bavarian style.

Now why should you or I care about eating there. That’s a great question and my answer is this …

It does strike an odd note in your soul to see this odd mix of Bavaria and Guatemala, especially since my soul doesn’t normally hanker for a plate of German sausage, sauerkraut and fried potatoes. The waitresses do rock classic Bavarian dirndls (Those super dorky poofy-sleeved white blouse and striped aprons). As for the menu … order the “Salchichona Teutona”, if it’s only two people and you’re super hungry!

If you’re even hungrier, then you can order the Sueno de Sandwiches for two.  This is a honkin’ big plate of four kinds of sausages, and yes, sauerkraut and fried potatoes.  The sausages are quite authentic and are made in the fine old “wurst” tradition. The mustard, which is all important since it is the only condiment, also had that German authenticity – as though I’m some German expert (Does three trips to Germany qualify me as anything?). The meal will come with two kinds of pretzels, hard and soft, which are baked in the Jardin’s kitchen. In the evening, they’ll start up a nice little fire to warm your soul and spirits, if you’re drinking all that beer.

As for the beer and football …

In the end, it’s a lot of food but it’s good food, the service was excellent and friendly, and you’ll pay a 1/3 of the price you would pay at German restaurant in Canada. BTW I’ve found an excellent “Antigua” news blog … for the gossip … http://michaelsherer.com/ – it’s entertaining as hell.


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