Magma German Wine Bistro

With the recent Oktoberfest, it seemed like the perfect time to go and check out German bistro Magma. This unpretentious open-kitchen restaurant has a friendly bar area at the front where one can enjoy a few drinks as well as an attached store selling all manner of German delicacies. There are sauces, wines, beer, chocolates and even giant gerkins.

The restaurant proper, with its minimalist décor and bustling chef, serves up traditional homecooked food that’s hearty, filling and pretty darn good. It’s also one of the only places in town to get authentic Berlin-style boiled pork knuckles.

On the day we arrived it was pretty quiet for lunch, which meant our food arrived promptly. We were more than impressed with the homemade vegetable dumplingswhich came with a rich creamy sauce, and the schweine schnitzel which was piping hot, crispy and juicy, not like other dried out schnitzels we’ve tasted. Our nuernberger sausages were a little less successful (we found them too dry) and our mushroom and leek fammkuchen (think pizza) was an interesting alternative to the traditional Italian style.

Topped off with a Black Abbot beer and we left stuffed full—which is exactly what a good German meal is all about.