Note: I actually wrote this article for a school publication that will be printed next week. So you guys are reading it first hand!
I remembered when I was still a kid, my parents brought me to this restaurant that had huge, bronze vats, served large chunks of pork with crispy skin and drank something cold and bitter which I didn’t understand why my dad could drain mugs of it. That was 10 years ago. Now it was about time for a revisit and my turn to drain that “cold and bitter” thing!
Paulaner Brauhaus is arguably the most well-known German restaurant in Singapore. Located at the prominent corner of Millennia Walk Times Square, it recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, serving handcrafted beers from the in-house microbrewery over the years.
The 3 levels restaurant was divided into 2 sections. The ground level was of pub setting with a live band stage, singers entertaining the crowd with pop and classic renditions. Office executives from the nearby towers were often seen here chilling out after work, as well as the occasional groups of drinking buddies catching up with one another over a beer or two.
The two upper floors were the main dining hall where food took centre stage. Traditional Bavarian décor and architectural design were prominent throughout, the wooden furnishing and dimmed overhead lamps provided a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. Staffs were friendly and eager, familiar with the menu and taking down our orders promptly.
Warm and fluffy, it was served with butter and a pate which tasted rather like luncheon meat, not bad at all.
Roasted Pork Kunckle ($29.50)
If you were going for the sole purpose of this, either share it with someone or come with a really empty stomach, because the serving was simply humongous. The size of two adult fists, it offered truckload of meat attached to a single rod of bone. The skin was wonderfully crunchy and came with a sinful layer of sticky fats underneath. The lean meat was juicy and tender, with the pepper sauce complementing it well.
Unfortunately, the knuckle wasn’t evenly roasted enough, resulting in parts of it being overly hardened and tough. The accompany side of Sauerkraut was a refreshing relief from the pork, simmered warm and nicely soured. The slices of bread dumpling were different from what Chinese would call dumpling, as it was simply bread with bits of meat in it.
Pork Cordon Bleu ($27.50)
This was more of a letdown. The meat was too tough for our liking and we could barely see or taste the cheese within. But like the knuckle, the serving too was large and piled with fries, which was piping hot and remained crunchy right to the end.
Paulaner Brauhaus Lager from the Tap ($12 for 0.3L)
And how could you not have a mug of their signature Lager? Crisp and light, it washed down everything nicely with a satisfying burp!
I guess I was really hungry..
Total bill for two was $69.04 after 15% Citibank discount. Paulaner Brauhaus is probably the closest you could get to an authentic German brewhouse. Warm atmosphere, generous portion and fresh beer from the tap all year round, it would definitely be a great hangout for a casual meal with friends. Drink up!
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