G Wie Goulasch

Simple, home made goulash served in an intimate ‘living room’ environment…

G wie Goulasch
Image by Paul Sullivan

Blink and you’ll miss G Wie Goulasch, an itsy eaterie on Chamissoplatz, the quiet square that lies around the corner from bustling Bergmannstraße. Occupying a small house on the corner of Arndtstraße, it’s run by Andre Schmermbeck, whose simple business idea was to create a place that serves up hearty, home-made goulash. You know—the kind you get at grandma’s house.

It feels a bit like you’re in grandma’s home too, since the place is only big enough for three tables and a few stools that stand at a copper-covered bar. Behind the bar you’ll find Andre, warming up his tasty meals in a kitchen so rudimentary that the main cooking and prep is done off-site in a rented catering space.

Old telephones and enamel pots and pans pass for decoration, intensifying the sensation of a bygone era. Flowers protrude from beer glasses and jugs on simple wooden tables, and the large windows give good views onto the Platz outside.

Families are welcome—there are no kid’s seats but a war-era motorbike chair can be stacked onto a normal chair to achieve elevation. The menu, in keeping with the restaurant, is small but reliable. Choose from goulash in Roggenkrustchen (bread bowl), or served with thick, perfectly cooked noodles (Walznudeln).

G wie Goulasch
Image by Paul Sullivan

Or there’s a classic szegediner (pork and sauerkraut) goulash, that comes with parsley potatoes. And vegetarians can visit too as Andre makes a seitan goulash and a ‘grandma’s vegetable soup,’ which can be taken with or without Mettwurst.

All the dishes are made from either bio ingredients or food bought from trusted local suppliers and really do have that authentic home made kick. There’s usually a dessert on offer (€3.50), and Andre can whip up a mean coffee should you want one.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also on offer. Of particular interest are the selection of Belgian beers (Duvel, Leffe Blonde, de Koninek) and the excellent – and strong – Trappist beers (Orval, Rochefort 10 and Le Trappe Dubble). The latter make a particularly suitable accompaniment to GWG’s tasty, robust fare.

(NB: If you visit on a Saturday morning you’ll find a small organic market on the other side of the square. And if you feel like stocking up on some wine, check out Paasburg’s Weinhandlung, also nearby).

For more information, check out the restaurant’s website.

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