Sunday, February 16, 2014

Munich brewery Hofbräuhaus in Berlin

'So tonight, we are going to this place that is quite loud and very packed. They have security guards to make sure the people don't get too loud. Sounds dangerous? I will protect you. Just so you know, they also serve amazing pork knuckles.' Where in the world was my uncle bringing us?
A short walk from Alexanderplatz in the heart of East Berlin was a massive beer garden exactly as described. The noise level was loud but not oppressively so. And everywhere I looked were large wooden communal tables littered with massively huge mugs of beer. Forget the half and one pints. Here, you guzzle them by the litres.
We had a jolly server decked out in lederhosen. These leather breeches were cute and even more so on a server who had a perpetual smile and a hop in his step. 

My non-alcoholic beer that kept me really happy :)
But of course I'd much rather my apple cider any day!

A must-eat.
The currywurst.
And what's the must about it?
The thick chunky fries.
The wurst that's big on meat and big on bite.
Then there's the tomato sauce and toppings of curry powder that's so addictive.
It's a side but so hard to share, it's probably better off as a personal main.
Or personal side.
Just personal opinion of course ;)

Mum's got the pork knuckle she wanted.
And a huge one at that.
With a presentation like that...
Wouldn't you kill to eat that?
Served with potato dumplings that were essentially glutinous rice potato balls.
These weren't the easiest to digest but a good palate cleanser for all that crisp layer of skin on the knuckle.
I loved that the sauerkraut was served with a topping of bacon rind.
Let's indulge shall we?

I loved the hearty portions in this place.
Every dish made me smile.
And the oohs and aahs came all around.
The chive butter was a dream when little knobs were put on the slices of perfectly medium well done steak, meltingly inviting before readily devoured!

If we didn't have a schnitzel at einstein the night before,
I wouldn't have known better about the taste.
But this, was lacklustre in comparison.
The schnitzel was overfried and the meat tough.
The least favoured dish on the table.
And no, we weren't missing out our stomach space on all the rest of the good food.

Brilliantly pumped ambience.
It was a very good night out in town with the family :)

Karl-Liebknechtstr. 30
10178 Berlin
Neighbourhood: Mitte
030 679665520
New beer garden Amber Nectar at Robertson Walk serves brews from Hofbräuhaus.
"It’s the only drinking joint in Singapore where you can throw back suds from Hofbräuhaus (from $9)—the royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria—including Hofbräu Original Lager, Hofbräu Schwarze Weisse and Hofbräu Dunkel.
They also have a cool one-for-one happy hour deal (from 5-8pm) that has been attracting folks like bees to honey since the bar’s opening a month ago."
Read More at the Amber Nectar Facebook page.

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