As mentioned on the Disney Parks Blog, Germany’s two restaurants, Biergarten and Sommerfest, have undergone some menu changes. I stopped by Sommerfest to check out the new Currywurst and to get a picture of the new menu to share with you!
Entree additions include Currywurst, Leberkase Reuben, and Nudel Gratin. Sides include the new House-made Paprika Chips, which are served alongside the Currywurst. Unfortunately, we lose the Hand-twisted pretzel roll (which is still available at the beer stands in the pavilion) and the Bavarian Cheesecake. I guess we’ll be heading into Biergarten for the latter! The Shofferhoffer Grapefruit Beer is currently unavailable.
Some similar tastes were available during both 2012′s Food & Wine Festival and 2013′s Flower & Garden Festival. F&G’s Bauernmarkt kiosk featured a German Meatloaf Sandwich that is reminiscent of the Leberkase Reuben. F&W’s Germany kiosk served a dish similar to Nudel Gratin, Schinken Nudel.
On to the Currywurst! It’s described as a pan-seared fine brat with curry ketchup, curry seasoning and House-made Paprika Chips.
While there was some browning on the brat, there wasn’t much flavor to it. There was no snap from a casing, either. The curry ketchup didn’t have much, if any, discernible curry flavor to it, but it did bring some much needed tanginess to the fairly bland brat. It reminded me more of the ketchup that was used on the Zapiekanki served at F&W’s Poland kiosk last year. Even trying to grab some of the curry powder that was sprinkled around the dish didn’t seem to help as it became somewhat lost.
While I was hoping for more flavor, I did like this dish a lot more than ordering the traditional Bratwurst of Frankfurter that is available on the menu. While I haven’t reviewed them here on the blog, I’ve always felt that the roll they were served in was too hefty, and the sauerkraut didn’t have the bite or crunch that I love for it to have.
I’ve purchased prepackaged paprika-flavored chips in the pavilion before, which were indeed very mild. These weren’t to far off. While there was some seasoning that made them a touch different than other kettle chips found on property, I wouldn’t go out of my way to order these as a side if looking for a new, interesting item. I find the chips at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom much more interesting.
While being a bit underwhelmed by the flavors I was anticipating, I definitely appreciate the effort to introduce some more interesting selections to the menu. I understand that the flavors I was hoping for aren’t as well known to the palettes to many guests, so trying to tame them is understandable. Or perhaps, because the item is new, there are some growing pains and adjustments may be made to create a bolder dish in the future. Regardless as to whether or not that happens, I’d order the dish again for a quick lunch or go back for a side of chips simply because I like the crunch of kettle chips.
If you like the brats at Sommerfest, I’d recommend the Currywurst simply because it’s something new to experience at Epcot. If you have a chance to check out some of the new menu items, let us know what you ordered and what you think!