Portions come in big sizes at Paulaner Bräuhaus; my party of four left with stuffed tummies after sharing three mains, a dessert and drinks. The first floor of this German establishment is home to a bar cum brewery, while the cozy restaurant housed on the second floor is festively decorated with a majestic Maypole and murals of traditional Bavarian scenes and costumes.
Crunchy skin meets tender meat in Paulaner's crispy pork knuckle, otherwise known as knusprige schweinshaxe ($29.50++). While decent, this porcine signature was not as succulent as I would have liked. Being no fan of fermented cabbage, I passed on the sauerkraut; the soft and hearty knödel (bread dumplings) which accompanied this dish were however quite pleasant. Paulaner Bräuhaus also serves boiled pork knuckles- has anyone tried them before?
Die “Currywurst” Klassisch mit Pommes und Currypulver (the German Currywurst classic with curried tomato sauce and French fries) ($17++). I had no complaints about the currywurst, but it was the curried tomato sauce that stole the show- beats regular ketchup anytime! While the fries were decidedly average, they were wiped out in no time as tools to wield the addictive curry dip.
What's German food without sausages? Unfortunately, the Paulaner sausage pan ($25++)- which comes with Thüringer, cheese sausage, debreziner, pork sausage and spicy Kolbazi sausages- failed to impress. The sausages weren't particularly juicy, neither were they grilled to a crisp. The powdery reconstituted mashed potatoes were equally mediocre.
The highlight of the meal would be the Karamellisierter Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfel-Pflaumenkompott (caramelized Bavarian emperor's pancake with apple plum compote) ($12.50++). Prepared a la minute and served piping hot, the fluffy bite-sized pancake pieces were coated with a crisp caramelized sugar. While it was expectedly on the sweet side, Paulaner's kaiserschmarrn is definitely one of my favorite pancakes around and is a dish that I will return for!