Loving thy neighbour is good. Pinching things from your neighbour, however, and cooking them up for the benefit of others (sort of like a culinary Robin Hood) is even better. Thus, we must celebrate Der Hollabusch — a wee bistro that is ghosting Austrian culinary treats over the Alps and into grateful Müncheners’ mouths.
It’s not Austrian grub or bust, though. Alongside the cakes, pastries and sweet stuff from across the border, there’s fresh-pressed juices, home-baked bread, egg breakfasts and heartier later-in-the-day dishes with a veggie/vegan lean: Pepper and rocket risotto for instance. The service is super cheery too, and it’d take a real miser to resist the upbeat mood that beams out from behind the counter and bounces around the white-and-blue tiled walls.
The best time to go? Well, they host the odd gig or two and stay open later on Friday and Saturday nights, but it’s the Sunday brunch that takes some beating. There’s fat pancakes with maple syrup, cereals and tiered metal trays holding more cured meats and cheeses than you could name, with a generous garnish of fruit to a) help you on your way to your five-a-day, or b) to assuage the guilt you’re feeling for eating that much heart attack fodder. It depends on your life outlook, really.