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“Gave Us The Giggles”

The Tiroler Hut Restaurant
Ranked #1,950 of 24,437 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Austrian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Notting Hill
Reviewed 2 March 2014

When the 3 of us first walked in I thought it was a strip joint - just a doorway and then down some dimly lit stairs :-) Once downstairs it opened up into a low-ceilinged, atmospheric room with a 1970s fondu and schnapps feel to it. Add to this the waiting staff (a very camp waiter dressed in Lederhosen and a shy waitress in national Austrian garb) and the scene was set ... lots of glances at each other and giggles ... this was going to be an interesting night!

The waiter was trying hard to be friendly but it all seemed a bit surreal and he made a couple of friendly wise-cracks that came out more like insults ... including questioning just about everything we ordered and trying to recommend anything but ... but that just added to my mirth.

Anyway onto the food - real Austrian/German fayre ... Bratwurst, pork, soups, and Strudel. Bit disappointed in the lack of authentic German Weissbier or similar though. I had a sausage sharing platter to start which was nice. And a pork knuckle with mash and veg - very tasty - the meat fell off the bone and was very tender.

At bout 8pm the owner, Joseph entered 'the booth' with his accordion and started playing Austrian folk songs - bordering-on-budget-gameshow-music. Entertaining and added to the overall quirkiness of the place.

In summary - worth a visit simply for the novelty. And the food is good if not great. As a restuarant only average - especially since it came to £120 for three of us (but then this is central London) - but lifted a bit by it's quirkiness and smile factor.

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2  Thank jimmyd_cambridge
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Reviewed 16 January 2014

In this restaurant you will eat, dance and have fun at the same time!
Excellent atmosphere at the family restaurant!
The bar stays open until late too!

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Thank Titinas2
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

The first time here, talking about the host, someone told me "Joseph is not a restaurateur, he is a rock-star". I realised what he meant while having dinner. Joseph offered non-stop live entertainment, playing music with accordion, saxophone and even original Tirolean cow bells, and involving all the people in the room in the singing. Wherever you are from, there is at least a song for you.

In order to fully appreciate the food here you need to be a meat-eater; the variety is not huge, but the food is good and you will leave satisfied. Highly recommended as a starter the "Mir ist alles Wurst", which is a generous selection of fried sausages; and the "Gebratene Schweinshax'n" as a main course, which is a roasted knuckle of pork with potatoes and red cabbage.

The beer is the Bavarian one, served in big steins and excellent; and you can have a schnapps shot to help the digestion.

Overall, an excellent night.

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Thank AlessandroT77
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Have passed outside many times, always thought to...sometime...Now it was! Bless me, it was an action-filled surprise! A healthy mix of age groups, jam packed, two birthday groups, snow goggles and smart suits. Songs and candle cakes, the host turned out a multi-instrumentalist cum singer. We enjoyed old schlagers/evergreens, even a Zorba dance! Then some strange Austrian cowbell music, inviting guests to take part. Very lively, and now a new favourite! Food? What you'd expect from Austria. Who cares?

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2  Thank 1Norwegian
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Within my time in London I had visited Tiroler Hut quite often. It is a Austrian Restaurant in a basement. What a man the owner is, he is a top host! He puts on a cow bell shows and sings classic cheesy songs throughout the night making a great night for all to enjoy. Staff are friendly and are dressed in lederhosen which really adds to the atmosphere.
Beer comes in small or very large tankard which is really unique and schnapps are highly popular also. The food is pretty decent. I had the streak which came with really nice crispy onions and sauté potato.
What I would say the only down fall is when some customers have a bit too much to drink and get very loud, this can be annoying as the place is tiny so you can definitely hear them loud as day.
All in all, great place, great fun and definitely worth a visit!

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1  Thank 873laurenb
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