Paulaner Brauhaus BinJiang

Hi!! I’m back! Last week was very busy with 2 tests, a presentation and essay, but my weekend was free, so why not eat out. Where?

Well, going to Haxnbauer last week reminded me of Paulaner Brauhaus. They have a location in XinTianDi that I’ve wanted to go to for months, but it’s always packed. The last time I stopped by, there was a 1 hour wait- for lunch! Luckily, my dad had a solution. As it turns out, there was a Paulaner a little more than 2 miles from our house! We HAD to go!

Paulaner Brauhaus

 

Paulaner Brauhaus is a very popular chain beirgarten/brewery out of Munich with branches throughout Europe and Asia. It’s most famous for its beer; however, I’m obviously unqualified to judge. Regarding the food, I’m usually wary of chains, but a German I met at the neighborhood compound a few months ago said it was “one of the few German restaurants worth going to.” Well, good enough by my book.

Food

The menu is pretty traditional Bavarian fare, featuring the usual sausages, haxe roasts, spatzel and potatoes. They also had some non- German dishes like ragout and even a seafood platter. I’m sure those options aren’t bad, but I came for the German food. Of course, since it was just my dad and I, we couldn’t order all the dishes we wanted, but Paulaner had the answer.

Meet Paulaner’s Mixed Bavarian Combination:

 (Terrible pic, here’s how it’s supposed to look)

With this one platter, you get 1/2 a crispy skinned haxe, some smoked pork neck, 3 types of sausages, ham, all piled on top a heaping mound of saurkraut and doused with gravy. How did it taste?

Sausages- The platter came with three types of grilled sausages- Pork, veal and weisswurst. These were AMAZING, definitely better than Haxenbaur’s. The meat was smooth and not too fatty. I could actually taste the distinct flavors of the meats. There’s actually a Sausage Platter featuring 7types of sausages that I definitely want to check out.

Haxe- The description actually called for cured haxe, so I was pleasantly surprised when they served us the crispy skinned version. The skin and meat were cooked to perfection; however, it lacked flavour. Nice effort, but could be better

Smoked Pork Neck- This cut had the same merits and flaws as the haxe. The meat was tender and amazing, but it was underseasoned and worse, completely lacked smoky flavor. I wouldn’t recommend this.

Ham- I’m usually not a fan of ham or meatloaf, but this tasted just like the delicious “meatloaf” I had in Munich. The only problem was that it was at the bottom of the pile, so the gravy got a bit overwhelming

(Sorry about the lack of pictures, it was dark and we were hungry)

Atmosphere/Service

Honestly, the service and atmosphere were the highlight of the dinner. We chose to sit outside and got this view:

Inside, it had all the cheerful, lively chatter a good biergarten should have. Paulaner is definitely a great place for a casual meeting with friends or even date night

 

Service was also very fast and good. Our food literally arrived within 10minutes.

Overall

Overall, I was disappointed by the food, but I wouldn’t discount the atmosphere and beer (for those of age). I’ll probably not come back to this location, but I’ll definitely try out some of the other locations.

That’s it for this now. I hope everyone has a great week. Holiday season’s coming up. There’ll definitely be tastes to be savoured there. Until next time, bye!

 

 

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