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The name is catchy, though I am not sure how it ties in with the restaurant. Located between Chinatown and Gastown this little sausage shop is certainly a hidden gem. My guest had heard good things about it, so now given the chance we made this our after drinking stop.

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The blue glow of their sausage shaped light drew me in like a mosquito to a flame. And the row of seats under their restaurant’s logo made me stay with its photo op. With a line at 10pm these chairs available outside gave those waiting a chance to rest. Though as a snack stop the turn around was fairly quick. 15 minutes top was our estimated wait and we were seated within 5.

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Inside it was a simple setting. White furniture in a white walled room. Framed art here, a wooden cuckoo clocked there. A row of booths set against the wall and a row of stools by the counter. The kitchen was completely open, with front row seats and clear visibility from the bar. The kitchen was tiled in white and fitted with stainless steel equipment. Off the walls hung steins for beers, pots for boiling, colanders for straining, and all the utensils needed to prepare the perfect sausage.

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We were given the best seats in the house. An elevated and secluded booth by the window. It required a step up and some wiggling to get centred on these colourful foam-like blocks. They made for a comfortable and spongy seat cushion.

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The menu was abbreviated. A smaller offering reflective of their small space and smaller kitchen. A one page of sausages and sides. You choose your style, how you want your sausage prepared. Either currywurst, a sausage sliced and serve with curried ketchup over crispy fries; that was listed as being Berlin’s most popular street food. Or sausage with sauerkraut, both served warm with house made mustard and fries. Then you choose which sausage you want. All four options are all natural, free range, and local. Classic pork thuringer, Southern BBQ turkey, smokey bison, and veggie wurst. If that’s not enough add on extras like potato salad, more fries but now with cheese, gherkin pickles, extra sauerkraut, and warm pretzels with a cheese sauce they describe as being “stinky. This was definitely good late night eats.

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We partnered the all natural classic pork thuringer bratwurst with sauerkraut and house made mustard to allow what they considered “bratwurst at its finest” to shine. Then paid extra to have our side of fries made into cheese fries. The sausage was flavourful as is, and the best of the two we had. The mustard and sauerkraut were hardly touched. The latter was delicious, fresh, and hearty, but there was too much of it for the one sausage link. The cheese in the fries were gritty, a chunky cream paste that offered salt and an off putting texture. Most of the flavour came from the chopped chives sprinkled on top.

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With the Currywurst we choose the smoky bison sausage, more for the rarity of the protein on any menu as appose to its potential taste and value in the dish. It was sliced and pre-coated generously with the curried ketchup, which did allow the meat to be highlighted. The ketchup was a dominating taste like the cheese above this too was grainy in taste and lumpy in texture. More sweet than salty, it isn’t what I expected or am use to. Is it bad that I prefer the processed non heathy kind of ketchup instead? Especially with the fries that it came with? The fries were average, they could have been crispier for a better contrast to the also chewy sausage.

Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this for someone visiting from out of town? – No.
I liked it for its name alone. The sides could use some work, but the bratwursts are definitely worth trying. I wouldn’t recommend this as a meal, but late at night and you need some greasy eats, this is one I would refer to. Don’t deny your cravings.

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