Staying in London for Oktoberfest needn’t hold you back from the Bavarian celebrations. Last Sunday, Daheim, the German pop-up café returned following the success of the previous instalment. Due to popular demand, Julia Zeidler repeated the fun all over again. Daheim (meaning ‘At Home’ in German) converted G. Kelly’s old pie shop on Bethnal Green Road into a German homely cafe. Last time, I was simply a patron of the pop-up cafe. This time, I was a ‘serving wench’ (as Time Out put it) dolled up in a traditional Bavarian dirndl, serving homemade German food to the masses of East London.
Arriving at 8am on the Sunday morning, the Daheim crew set the mood for a nostalgic Bavarian dining experience, with old German records playing in the background, and homemade gingerbread hearts garlanded around. We got the German coffee brewing and by half 9 we were ready to go.
Getting back to her Munich roots, Julia ensured that Daheim’s menu was reflection of authentic Bavarian home-cooking. From roasted bread dumplings with mushrooms and meatloaf to free range oven roasted parsley chicken, it’s all about celebrating genuine Bavarian cuisine. The Oktoberfest Platter with homemade walnut bread, bretzl sticks, roast pork and homemade Bavarian Obazda cheeses was a complete sell-out! And what would Oktoberfest be without some beer? Some lunch dishes came with a free pint of Munich’s Löwenbräu.
The whole event was a complete success. It wasn’t just down to the amazing food – it was the pleasant and bubbling atmosphere that made it such a hit. Families, friends, food-lovers, journalists, cool hipsters, and local pirates all turned out and were a pleasure to host.
Due to Daheim’s growing success, there will be another edition at Boxpark, Shoreditch. Stay tuned…
Photography by Francesca Z.A.
A Big Thanks to Julia for my thank-you present! We love Chanel bags.