The Concordia Club is a blast from the past, an old style suburban clubhouse with a croquet lawn, a bar, dining room and function area. Not the most obvious kid friendly hangout, but actually it is a great place for a family get together. Concordia shouts family. It’s refreshingly intergenerational. There are toddlers, kids, teens, their parents and grandparents side by side at long communal tables dining, partying and hitting the dance floor. In the corner the TV is on but there’s too much chat to hear it.
On weekend visits there are liable to be functions however, non-members are still welcome. On the night we had dinner with friends there was an engagement party with young girls to watch, dressed in fancy, party concoctions flirting with the boys.
The food is hearty, simple German fare, with schnitzels ($18) and pork knuckles ($27) being popular. I ate the lentil soup special with frankfurters ($12) which looked plain, but was actually really tasty. The kids chose shcnitzels and crumbed fish and chips from the kid’s menu ($8.00) which were crisp and well cooked and the dessert of choice was apple strudel ($6.50) of course!
The older waiters and waitresses are extremely nice and efficient and the food flies out of the busy kitchen. There is an emphasis in the club on specialities, like the soft pretzels flown in from Germany and the desert stand set up with traditional strudels and tortes served with whipped cream. The club runs a shop selling speciality chocolates and sauerkraut and periodically, Rudi the butcher sets up shop with his small goods and continental meats (see their website for upcoming dates.) Watch out also for the resident folk dancers and choir and make room in your calendar for the Oktoberfest. The Concordia is the best place in Sydney to experience an authentic, friendly, family version of this event.