Thursday is Schnitzel Day at Die Kneipe.
Die Kneipe, which means “the pub” in German, is — you guessed it — a German pub in Kensington. (I think I’ve said this before but I don’t blog enough about Kensington. It’s the Melville of Joburg East.) My friend Tecla suggested we meet there for lunch yesterday because Die Kniepe has the best schnitzels.
Tecla didn’t even realize Thursday is Schnitzel Day, when the pork and chicken schnitzels are R77 instead of R99.
I like this place because it’s exactly what it advertises itself to be. I went to Germany recently and had dinner at a pub that was pretty much identical to this, just in Berlin and not Joburg. Die Kneipe has everything a German pub should have: dark wood furniture, soccer memorabilia, schnitzel, eisbein, sauerkraut, German beer, and a million kinds of sausage.
All of this plus Die Kneipe has fantastic service — one thing I personally did not experience when I was in actual Germany.
Lunch at Die Kneipe
We both ordered schnitzels — one chicken and one pork, with pepper sauce. (Unfortunately there was no spaetzle in stock yesterday.) The schnitzel was delicious and huge — I ate it for both lunch and dinner yesterday — and I especially enjoyed my potato roesti side.
Chicken schnitzel (top) and pork schnitzel, one with chips and one with potato roesti, with pepper sauce on the side. A schnitzel is a thin, breaded-and-fried cut of meat — usually chicken, pork, or veal.
It was a beautiful day so Tecla and I sat outside. But the interior has a classic sports-pub vibe that’s perfect for hanging out and watching soccer or rugby or cricket. Die Kneipe also hosts live music events.
Go get your schnitzel on.
Die Kneipe is at Queen’s Place, 139 Queen Street, Kensington. (Parking is a bit tricky: You have to turn into a funny little alley to get to the parking area.) Call +27-11-616-8760.