Welcome back new Disney Food Blog author Wendy Pugh-Hummel with a review of the new menu at Epcot’s Sommerfest!
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Sommerfest in Epcot’s Germany Pavilion, you may want to remedy that as soon as possible.
There are some recent additions to the menu that are well worth the trip while in Walt Disney World!
Old World with limited seating sums up the atmosphere at Sommerfest. Still, there’s always a line here!
You’ll find this location at the back of the Germany pavilion in Epcot, right next to the waiting area for the larger, table-service restaurant, Biergarten.
The location is entirely open air, though you will be under cover when ordering.
Seating is minimal here, and many guests find themselves sitting on the pavement or on a nearby fountain ledge to dine! Be prepared if you’re visiting during the sweltering heat of…well…about nine months out of the year in Orlando.
If you are a fan of the Bratwurst and Frankfurters that are Sommerfest staples, fret not. They’re still at the top of the menu!
But I’m happy to say that the new Curry Wurst, Leberkäse (German Meatloaf) Reuben, and Nudel Gratin bring some fantastic variety along with both traditional and unexpected flavors to this beloved snack and counter service spot.
Let’s start with the Curry Wurst! A pan-seared Bratwurst served with curry ketchup and curry seasoning, paired with a side of house-made Paprika Chips.
I was surprised by this menu offering, but have learned that Curry Wurst is a popular street food auf Deutschland (that’s all of what’s left of two semesters of college German working for you). Now I understand why it’s a beloved dish.
The slices of wurst (no bun to be found) are full of all of their regular sausage-y goodness. Add the sauce and… Wow!
Neither the ketchup nor the curry overpowered the other -– the tangy combination was delicious and flavorful. What’s more, I don’t think you have to be a huge curry fan to enjoy this dish. I enjoy curry, but for a spice that can be overwhelming, I didn’t find it to be the least bit so here. If you’re interested in giving it a try, but aren’t sure how much sauce you would enjoy, you can request it on the side.
Paprika, on the other hand, is not a spice I’m typically fond of. But those house-made Paprika Chips? They are amazing! The presence of paprika and curry adds just enough kick, and the crunchiness is a perfect complement to the texture of the wurst. You can also purchase them as a stand-alone side!
The Paprika Chips are also served along with the new Leberkäse Reuben sandwich.
Leberkäse is a German meatloaf, but rather than the ground beef that we typically associate with American meatloaf, this is a blend of meat and spices that resembles something closer to bologna. One of the fantastic Sommerfest Cast Members (who was understandably proud of the new offerings) shared that the loaf is prepared by a traditional German butcher near Tampa, FL, then cooked and sliced for serving at Sommerfest.
The meatloaf is topped with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut (YUM!), and mustard, and the sandwich was grilled perfectly. The toasted artisan bread offered a lovely soft crunch.
I couldn’t get over the portion size, either! With three pieces of meatloaf and ENORMOUS slices of bread, this one can easily be shared.
I was really pleased with the flavor of this sandwich. Of the three new items, the Leberkäse Reuben features the most traditional and familiar German flavors. But I have to say I had a harder time getting past the texture and density of the meatloaf. For that reason, it’s a “one-time only” for my tastes, but I’m still glad I tried it. It tasted exactly like what one would expect to eat in surroundings like this:
As much as I enjoyed sampling the items above, it’s now my pleasure to introduce you to the real showstopper. Ladies and gentlemen, behold… NUDEL GRATIN.
Nudel Gratin appears on the menu as “Baked Macaroni with Cheese Custard.” But don’t let the simple description fool you, because I’m pretty sure that Nudel Gratin is a game changer for the Germany Pavilion.
The components are pretty straightforward: noodles, cream, white cheddar, mozzarella, and… hmmm. Let me think, now… what was that other ingredient? Oh, yeah… I’m pretty sure it was PURE! JOY!
Just look at how it all comes together!
To some, this may not look like much. But for Mac & Cheese lovers, this is truly a thing of beauty. Please believe me when I say that I do not type these next words lightly: I think Nudel Gratin is a serious contender for best Macaroni & Cheese on Disney World property.
By the way, did you catch the price on the menu? You may want to take another look:
Nudel Gratin is listed as an Entrée, and it’s so rich and creamy that it really does stand as a meal on its own. And it’s $3.49!!! Deal alert!
Sommerfest has really kicked it up a notch with this new menu, and offers some terrific reasons to spend some more time in Epcot’s Germany.
Remember… you are welcome here!
Which new dish at Germany’s counter-service location is on your list to try? Let us know in the comments below!