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An Umm Al Quwain favourite has landed in Abu Dhabi
It’s cosy and authentically decorated with unfussy wood benches and long, communal tables, lit by deer antler-fashioned light fixtures, with Bavarian music and staff outfits, but it’s not your typical sausages-and-ale gimmick. Of course both are well represented – they have several varieties of sausages all made in- house, and serve a rare Benediktiner pint – but passionate manager Mike wants to share Bavaria’s lesser-known comforts and classics, and the homely menu is comfort-based and ever-changing.
We had Spätzle – a type of soft egg noodle that’s fried and oven-baked with emmenthal. Tasting like a mild, country mac’n’cheese, there was no not loving it.
Bavarian “Emmentaler” again featured in our two favourite dishes. It’s obvious their warm, soft pretzel is made fresh, and marries perfectly with a sharp, rich, chunky emmenthal dip topped in chives. There is almost no greater guilty snack. Similarly, the Bergkasesuppe (emmenthal soup) couldn’t be creamier if it tried.
Weiner Schnitzel is a must and the veal was perfectly tenderized, the crumb faultless, whilst pork lovers are encouraged to order the uber-slow-roasted pork knuckle, perfect for two. Did we mention their two-for-one Couples Saturdays?
Mike, originally Dutch, cleverly paid homage to other international favourites, too. For example, his “Dutch-ercised” version of Indonesian nasi goreng is a big hit at the UAQ branch and features in the ‘Asia Asia’ themed Monday night.
There are several other themed nights and heavy happy hours on the weekends to really generate a family-friendly party atmosphere, complete with band and DJ.
We didn’t forget dessert. There is something quite luxury about a simple dish made really well, and the apple fritters with vanilla sauce, and fried shredded pancake with apple and cranberry sauce literally made us imagine a home oven.
This is Grandma’s German kitchen.
Open Daily: 12 noon – 2:30am
DAS BRAUHAUS | Al Ain Palace Hotel (behind Le Royal Meridien) | +9712 678 0522
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