If you don't get there early be prepared to wait. The food is typical german fare. Yes Heidi's Heidelberg is better as is Cafe Coconut Cove, however neither is easily accessible from Melbourne. Heidi's and Coconut Cove are more expensive. Food was good. Staff was efficient dong the best they could with a small kitchen. This is the main downfall of the restaurant. The kitchen can only produce so many dishes at a time. Negative, they ran out of dark beer. Imagine, a german restaurant running out of dark beer.
The food is GREAT. The service is above reproach. There may be a wait, but who wouldn't wait for authentic German food and atmosphere. The music takes you to Germany and the Hofbrauhous. The German beer (Warsteiner) comes in 1 L hofbrau steins, as requested. We wouldn't pass up an opportunity to eat there when we're in town!! We come from WI on vacation and look forward to the meals we get at Edelweiss. Finally, so what if the cook has a small brew while hammering the schnitzel? I'd do the same!!!
If you're in the mood for ambiance, this is not your place... but if you're searching for incredible Mediterranean food and charming service this is an incredible find!! Try the buffet so you're not forced to make a decision... I won't reveal how many trips I made. Unbelievable homemade pita and the best hummus I've had- my toddler even ate a ton!! Delicious and genuinely friendly service. Can't wait to go back!