It’s not every day you walk into a restaurant that specialises in sausages. The Sneaky Sausage, Cape Town’s new Wurst Haus, brings visitors to Shortmarket Street a modern, local take on the German beer hall.
Situated on the first floor of 84 Shortmarket Street (the entrance is through a sneaky door in The House of Machines), Sneaky is a homey place in which to grab a pint of AND UNION craft beer and nibble on… well… sausage.
Choose from brat, bock, knack, cheese and chorizo, not to mention a speciality wurst from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants (venison, for the non-pork eaters) and a vegan option sourced from Noble Ways Food. Sausages are R24 for one; R60 for a choice of three.
Sneaky’s signature sausage experience is, however, the Currywurst – a traditional German ‘street food’ that features a bratwurst, poached in AND UNION Dark Lager, then grilled till crisp, cut into slices and slathered in crispy fries and seasoned with curry ketchup. We obviously ordered this (R50; vegan option available too).
My favourite item on the menu, without doubt, is the chilli popper wontons. Few things pair better than AND UNION Der Graf Van Bayern – alcohol-free Bavarian Weissbier – with crunchy fried jalapeño spiced wontons dipped in a homemade creamy aioli (R40). Other nibbles include risotto balls (R50) and potato and sweet potato fries (R25). Complete the German experience by ordering your pickle and sauerkraut on the side (R15).
When Sneaky opened in November last year, they traded during the week from 4pm, but since its increase in popularity, you can visit for lunch now too. Realising they were only offering heart-attack friendly food, there’re now healthy salad options, like the Green Quinoa Salad (R50), Spicy Butternut & Kale (R75) and Mushroom Barley Salad (R65).
All beers (tap and bottle) are supplied by AND UNION and a curated wine list of the Western Cape’s top tipple, by bottle or glass, plus a barrel-aged house bourbon are available for the thirsting. It also stocks The Dutchess, an alcohol-free G&T (R35).
Sneaky’s location in Shortmarket Street might be its biggest asset. Perfect for a quieter drink after work before heading down to House for harder tack, or for visiting with friends who love to share bits and bites, Sneaky has character, friendly staff and extremely tasty food. Follow them socially for their regular luaus, including ‘Sneaky Sippings’, a free wine tasting and educational evening on Tuesdays; Wednesday’s ‘Currywurst Combo’, order a currywurst and receive an AND UNION beer free; ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ beer bucket special; not to mention beer pong Friday.
As the weather gets cooler, and during a rainy winter, Sneaky will be the place to visit. Sheltered, with an unusual and well thought-out offering that is constantly evolving, it’s the little hideaway we’ve been looking for.
Photographs Bernard Myburgh Words Lisa Wallace