Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Paulaners Bräuhaus, Millenia Walk (dinner)

I dropped by this place recently for an Ockoberfest thirst quencher after dinner at Ten-Jyaku. Tonight, I took advantage of being around in the vicinity and decided to do dinner with a co-worker. I recalled having had their pork knuckles the previous time and them being pretty good. There aren't really any German restaurants around that I know of that are accessible (I don't drive) and this is probably the only one that's most convenient. Paulaners Bräuhaus if you didn't know is located at Millenia Walk, just across the road from Suntec City.

The restaurant section of the brewery is located on the second floor. The ground level being a bar/pub that serves their own brand of brew and finger food. The last weekday I attempted to get a seat in the restaurant, it was so packed I couldn't get a space four without having endure a queue. Tonight was quite empty by comparison.

One of the neat things about the bread was that it comes with pate; which I liked. Most place just provide either butter, olive oil & vinegar and even pesto. But I haven't really seen anywhere else that does pate.

Commenced the dinner with a cold cut dish call Bavarian Brotzeitbrettl. It is essentially a wooden dish of different hams, liver pate, a bit of cheese, some greens and grated horseradish which was surprisingly good. The horseradish tasted quite fresh with a mild tinge of sweetness. Like grated wasabi. Mustardly flavorful without being overwhelmin. Ham seemed to be chicken/turkey based, but the waiter insisted that all of it are pork. I didn't think it was worth the effort to pursue this. In all a rather decent plate of cold cuts which features nothing really remarkable apart from the horseradish .

The home made spätzle and asparagus looked a lot to me like fried sliced fish at first. I had no idea what were spätzles, but it seemed like they're some kind of irregularly shaped pasta of sorts. The pasta was served with melted cheese and flavoured with white white and nutmeg. Apart from the fragrant strips of fried onion and a very mild melted cheese, I didn't taste any nutmeg or white wine. And if not for the cheese, this looks and tastes Chinese. Like fried rice cakes.

The grilled pork knuckles tasted like I remembered it from the last time I had them. But it wasa lot less fatty then. In fact, if my memory serves me, there wasn't much fat at all under all that golden brown skin between the meat. The bed of sauerkraut was appetising, offsetting the weight of the meat/fat. The portions were actually small enough to make a hearty meal.

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