TRY THIS: Oma's Kitchen - a taste of Bavaria

TWO years ago, Oma’s Kitchen introduced Newcastle to Bavarian delights including baked cheesecakes, Wiener schnitzel and their much-loved pork knuckle, and Novocastrians were hooked. So much so, that the cafe is now open seven days to satisfy demand.

Oma’s Kitchen menu uses recipes from Cathy’s German grandmother, who ran a guesthouse near the German border with Austria. On any given day, the Frens will be busy baking or serving customers, with their children Victoria and Jonathon, part of the team behind the close-knit family-run business.

An influx of German workers and punters have influenced the menu, giving people the chance to converse in German with a native speaker.

From March 11, Oma’s Kitchen will offer conversational German classes on Tuesday nights, with an hour-long class followed by a traditional Bavarian dish. 

Oma’s has also introduced a range of specials including $2 takeaway coffee for this month only; Monday night free dessert with any main meal; and Wednesday night pork knuckle $25 special (usually $35, bookings essential as the dish takes six hours to prepare). They also have an express lunch menu, with items for those on the go for as little as $5.

Below is a selection of the new dishes on the Oma’s Kitchen menu.

Starters: Baked pretzel with cheese dipping sauce $7; German pizza bread with cheese and ham topping $7.

 Beer and food specials:

 Traditional Bavarian pork sausage and pretzel served with sweet Bavarian mustard and a Maisel’s Weisse beer $15; German pizza bread with Maisel’s Weisse beer $13; freshly-baked pretzel with Maisel’s Weisse beer $11.

Mains and haus specials: Cheese spaetzle (traditional egg noodle) served with a creamy cheese and onion sauce with salad $25 (dinner and lunch); Kassler pork chop, lightly grilled smoked pork loin with sauerkraut, spaetzle and jus $27; Lebekase (traditional German meatloaf) with potato mash, sauerkrait and sweet Bavarian mustard (dinner and lunch) $27.


Address: 16 Watt Street, Newcastle

Open: Monday to Saturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sunday for breakfast and lunch.

Phone: 49275151

Owned by: Cathy and Mark Fren

Chef: Cathy Fren

Cathy Fren, centre, and her staff at Oma's Kitchen, Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil

Cathy Fren, centre, and her staff at Oma's Kitchen, Newcastle. Picture: Marina Neil