Article By Alison schwabe
1F, Northwest Corner of Li Hua Ke Ji Da Sha, No.8, Gaoxin Road
(029) 6888 1619
11:00am – Midnight
Average Price per Person /人均消费: 110RMB
PROS: Really great food
CONS: Hard to find at first
The German Christmas markets are one of my favourite parts of Christmas back home. I always feel that the festive season hasn’t really begun until I’ve consumed more mustard than is good for me and some sort of potato dish, so finding out that I would be reviewing a German restaurant couldn’t have come at a better time.
Hey Sir is located at the back of a building close to the 2nd Ring Road in Gaoxin, about a 10-minute walk from the nearest Metro station on Keji Lu. The entrance is a little hard to find, but don’t let that put you off. Just keep walking, it’ll be worth it. When we finally found the entrance, the warm, gentle light from the big windows beckoned us in from the cold. Fun fact, as we walked up the stairs my companion read the sign that said “Hey Sir” and his iPhone responded with “What can I help you with?”
The restaurant has a distinctly homey feel to it, with the typical ‘German’ style of strong wooden furniture, gleaming beer taps, checked table cloths and comfortable cushy chairs. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming, and further enhanced by the talented live band that was playing when we arrived. After being presented with a stylish menu full of mouth-watering pictures, we ordered our beers and a selection of dishes recommended by the owner, with enough meat and starch combinations to never need to eat food ever again. The menu is in English, Chinese and German, which is very helpful, as unfortunately none of the staff speak English. They have a wide selection of dishes, from fish, to steak, to salad and soup, prepared by a chef with 20 years of experience in western style food. Not just sausages. I promise.
We started with a bread basket and traditional liverwurst pâté, which was a real treat, as pâté is notoriously hard to come by here. We followed this up with a potato soup and some of the best potato salad I’ve had the pleasure of eating, covered in chives and mixed with tangy mustard. We decided to have the sausage platter, to sample a little of each of the six different sausages they offer, with a side of sauerkraut and more potatoes. If you have a big group, I would highly recommend the platter as each of the sausages have their own unique flavor, but it is a huge amount of food so if you’re just after a single sausage then go for their homemade variety. In order to keep from becoming sausages, we mixed it up a bit with their Munich roast chicken and another kind of potato of the wedge family. The chicken was delicious, but overall the sausages were a better choice, as is to be expected from a German restaurant. To be truthful, after that first potato salad, I thought we’d found their crowning jewel. Until dessert came. The apple strudel and homemade ice-cream was perfection, disappearing in seconds, even on stomachs so full we had to lean sideways slightly.
Such a strong impression isn’t often made when trying new restaurants here. I would eat at Hey Sir any time when I feel that I need a hearty home cooked meal that I don’t actually have to cook at home.
Alison is a South African living in Xi’an who can’t muster enthusiasm for things without mustard. She can be reached at