Fans of fresh German beers and grub rejoice! After a two-month makeover, the popular German microbrewery Paulaner Bräuhaus is back in action!
The iconic three-storey bar and restaurant reopens as Asia’s New Model Flagship Store with brand new interiors featuring a towering candy striped Maibaum (Mapypole) on level two.
Highlights of the Updated Menu
Facing us with a brand new look, Paulaner Bräuhaus also made some updates to its menu while retaining their fresh brewed beers.
While I generally don’t drink beers, I make an exception for German beers, especially when they are freshly brewed onsite and served on tap; they are also brewed according to “The Bavarian Purity Law of 1516” where only four ingredients (water, malt, hops and yeast) are used.
There are three styles of fresh German beer on tap all year round at Paulaner Bräuhaus- Helles Pale Lager, Dunkel Dark Lager and Weissbier Wheat Beer. My choice of the day is Weissbier Wheat Beer ($16.80 for 500ml), the cloudy mild white beer with a fruity flavor that is easy to drink. I also chose it because it is supposed to pair well with most dishes.
For starters, we were recommended their savory Munich style pretzels. Since we were a big group, we ordered a Pretzel Tree (S$13.90++) to share. The Pretzel Tree consists of 4 warm pretzels that are seasoned with salt, served on a wooden tree stand. Baked fresh daily the traditional way, these pretzels are dipped in diluted lye before baking to give them the distinctive flavor and beautiful deep brown crust.
To complement the pretzels, we also ordered some cheese spreads– Obazda with Pretzel (S$16.90++) and Paulaner Trio Fish (S$15.90++). Obazda is a Bavarian cream cheese made from Camembert, fresh butter and spices. For me, it is a tad too salty but some of my fellow diners loved it with the pretzels.
Personally I preferred the Paulaner Trio Fish (S$15.90++) spreads comprising of (from left) red radish salad with smoked trout fillet, herring salad in cream cheese and sour cream and homemade smoked salmon in cream cheese. All three spreads are delicious with no unpleasant fishy taste at all. In particular, we loved the herring salad in cream cheese and sour cream so much that we kept it as a dip for our fries later on.
Since we are at a German eatery, the must order is the German classic Pork Knuckle (S$31.90++) served with saukerkraut and semmelknödel. It did not disappoint. Paulaner Bräuhaus’s rendition is a large bone-in pork knuckle marinated in a Bavarian spice blend, brushed with Paulaner beer then oven roasted for 2.5 hours to give it the super crispy skin and tender juicy meat. I can hear the crackling sound as my fellow diners bite into the pork knuckle. The sidekicks of saukerkraut and semmelknödel (traditional German bread dumpling) weren’t to my liking though.
Another delightful main that we enjoyed is the Pork Schnitzel (S$25.90++) served with French fries. Pork Schnitzel is a German pork chop where a thin slice of bone-less pork is coated in seasoned breadcrumbs then fried in butter. The pork chop is succulent without any unpleasant porky taste and pairs perfectly with the seasoned breadcrumbs. I also like that the pork though tender, did not taste like it was lazily tenderized with corn flour. Instead, the tenderness is likely a result of conscientious pounding.
Lastly, one of the things we must not miss while at a German establishment is their sausages. We decided to try the Currywurst “Hot Paula” (S$12.90++). When the six-inch long smoked pork sausage arrived in curry tomato chilli sauce looking long, hard and hot, we couldn’t resist a round of adult jokes as we tried to take a sexy photo of it! Taste wise, I like that the pork sausage is not too salty. However, I am not impressed with the curry sauce since it tasted mainly like tomato sauce to me.
To end the night, we had Apple Beignets (S$14.90++) and Kaiserschmarm (S$14.90++), both of which I enjoyed.
Kaiserschmarm is a dessert of thick cut pancakes caramelised in a pan with butter and sugar. And when this arrived, Paulaner Brauhaus’s visiting German Chef made a special appearance to tell us how suitable this dessert is even for someone on a diet because “it has NO butter and NO sugar”! But of course that was a joke! You have to replace NO with EXTRA to get nearer the truth. Luckily for you, while I like it, you may not like it (hence saving calories)! This is because the Kaiserschmarm is not like the fluffy American pancakes we are used to; it is very dense and has a texture that is closer to a kueh’s.
On the other hand, Paulaner Bräuhaus’s Fried Apple Beignets (S$14.90++) are a real hazard for those on diets! Reason? It is very good and got nods of approval all round! For those who are keen, these darlings are made with apple rings enclosed within a non-greasy wheat beer batter. And they are perfect with the accompanying vanilla sauce and ice cream!
If you are into brunch, Paulaner Bräuhaus also serves a German Sunday Brunch Buffet (11.30am to 2.30pm) consisting of sausages, Bavarian meatloaf, pork knuckle, salads, chocolate fountain, warm apple strudel, ice cream and more. Sunday Brunch is priced at S$58++ with soft drinks, S$68++ with beers and soft drinks or S$78++ with wines, beers and soft drinks. Children below twelve will be charged at S$16++ and they can look forward to a myriad of activities during the brunch. For more information, refer to Paulaner Bräuhaus’s Facebook page.
This is an awesome place for beer and meat lovers. I will come back with friends and family for their beers on tap, pork dishes and apple beignets!
Paulaner Bräuhaus @ Millenia Walk
9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #01-01, #02-01, #03-01, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 6883 2572
Sunday to Thursday 1200 – 0100 | Friday, Saturday and Eve of PH 1200 – 0200
Lunch (Monday to Friday, except PH) 1200 – 1430
Dinner (Daily) 1830 – 2230
German Sunday Brunch 1130 – 1430
- Circle line – Promenade
- Centennial Tower – 91, 107M
- Pan Pacific Hotel – 36, 56, 75, 77, 97, 97e, 107M, 171, 195, 961C
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Written by Denise Chua who also blogs at myfoodstory.sg.