I was told that the one thing I must do when arriving in Melbourne is to visit this little bratwurst shop at the Queen Victoria Market. In fact, I was even given a $5 Australian bill as a parting gift from Vancouver for purchasing one. Unfortunately, $5 doesn’t cover the costs of the bratwursts at the Bratwurst Shop & Co, but with the evident popularity of this place, paying a few extra coins for one wasn’t a problem. Now if you follow us, you know that if Anthony Bourdain has raved about it, you must eat it.
We walked through the entire QVM (it’s huge!) before finding our way to this stall at the deli corner of the markets. But if it wasn’t the smell of tantalizing sausages, the crowd in front was enough to help you find this place. There must have been six people behind the counter serving up brats, it was busy! But the service was super fast and within minutes, I had a bratwurst in hand.
The menu was simple. Bratwursts. That’s it. I went for a simple spicy bratwurst with just onions, mustard and tomato sauce. The damage was just under $7, so no complaints there.
With all the hype and anticipation, I was a little underwhelmed when I got my bratwurst. A few bites in and it all came back. The bread roll was crispy and a bit chewy, which I love (mmm… Vietnamese sub style). But if you’re a fan of the soft break apart hot dog buns this one might throw you off. The bratwurst was perfectly charred resulting in the crispy skin. The bratwurst itself was very different from ones I’ve had before. It had a lot more texture, reminiscent of Chinese sausages, while still remaining moist.
Stepping just outside the market exit beside the bratwurst shop, there were tables, where just about everyone had a bratwurst along with other eats from the market. Sunny day, crisp winter air, and a bratwurst from the Bratwurst Shop & Co: perfect combo.