With world-wide branches situated in China, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and of course, Germany, Paulaner Brauhaus is one of the very few famed German restaurants in Singapore. Located right above their pub/bar, the restaurant is known to receive a warm-hearted response from both locals and foreign expatriates.
The use of wooden furniture,portraits and conscientiously placed decorations provide for an alluring and homely atmosphere. When my friend, D and I first entered the restaurant, we were first attracted to their copper brew kettle at their counter. With its golden pipelines and fittings which gleamed under the lamps, the copper brew kettle was definitely an eye-catcher. Paulaner Brauhaus is a spacious restaurant with long benches and large round tables; accomodating her diners to engage in active socialising and to indulge in beer and their exclusive German dishes.
Their menu introduces an extensive list of traditional and modern German dishes which cannot be found just anywhere. We were rather surpised by the immense portions served to the table just beside us.
Munich Dark Alcohol (0.5 Litres)
Definitely not a fan of alcohol, I was first intrigued by the tall mug of beer and eventually, I was persuaded into having a sip. Very refreshing and somewhat different from the exceptionally bitter taste I used to experience from beer, I must admit that it is a quite a rich brew with a natural malt flavor.
Kleines Schneckenpfannchen mit Knoblaunchbutter Uberbacken ($16.50)
Paulaner Brauhaus has a very interesting list of appeitzers to select from; and we eventually decided on their Gratinated Sauteed Escargots with Herb-Garlic Butter. However, we were greeted with utmost disappointment as the taste of oil and butter overwhelmed any other flavor that should have been apparent in the appetizer.
Nurnberger Bratwurste mit Kartoffelpuree und Sauerkraut ($17.00)
I decided on one of their Paulaner’s Sausage Specialties, Nurnberger Grilled Sausages with Mashed Potatoes and Sauerkruat. I had definitely not expected the dish to arrive at my table with such generous servings of sausages. Thick, juicy slabs of sausages which piled on top of one another, I enjoyed every single one of them for they were so well-glazed. The Sauerkraut which in our opinion, tasted like Chinese preserved vegetables just that it had a slight hint of saltiness, was rather light and tasty and I could not stop myself from chewing on them. The mashed potatoes tasted pre-mixed though.
Knusprige Schweinshaxe mit Sauerkraut und Serviettenknodel ($29.50)
Their signature dish, Crispy Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut and Bread Dumpling which is definitely a must-try should you patronise Paulaner Brauhaus. As sinful as it visually appears to be, be prepared to indulge in a seemingly endless serving of tender and succulent pork meat. The thick layer of skin crackled upon biting on it (not that I had it). The chewy Bread Dumplings were quite memorable too.
Hausgemachter Apfelstrudel mit Vanilleeis ($10.50)
We wanted something which would be more uniquely German from their rather small selection of desserts and after much discussion, we settled for their Homemade Apple Strudel with Vanilla Ice-cream. In my opinion, it was one of the better Apple Strudels out there. The strudel was more than generously filled with aromatic grated apples and the pastry does not crumble too easily. The savourly-layered pastry did not taste too sweet and complemented very well with the Vanilla Ice-cream.
I must admit that it was a rather pleasant dining experience( other than the Escargots, of course). Their authentic Bavarian menu was a treat for us and the ambience was perfect for the patrons to engage in any sort of social interaction. Is it worth the visit? Yes, definitely one of the few German restaurants worth giving a try. I am currently looking out for their Sunday Brunch Buffet which appears to be rather appealing.
Once again, many thanks to D. for the birthday treat!
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-01 Millenia Walk
Mondays- Fridays (Lunch)
Mondays- Sundays, Including Public Holidays (Dinner)