Last Saturday, one of my friends had their 27th birthday event at the Munich beer place and it was awesome.
I knew I would be writing about the place, but unfortunately, I was being really social the whole time and forgot to take many photos, so I’ll try and describe it instead.
So I was running a bit late (booking was for 5.45 pm and I got there around 6.20 pm) and there was a big line to get in. I thought I could cut it because I had a booking (my years of VIP treatment and Mynt Lounge must have gone to my head) and it turns out this was the line for people who had booked… Judging by how crazy busy the place was, I think everyone has to book ahead, especially on Saturdays, but you will need to check their site to be sure.
The building is a huge long hall/shed in the middle of Docklands. It is full of big long tables (assuming this is what German beer halls are like) and it has a German Beer band (I think that’s a type of band). It has a few two-storey sections and a few bar areas.
The staff were all dressed in traditional German clothes you would expect in a German Beerhall. The staff were plentiful too, bar service was quick and so was table service (it was possible to order drinks to your table).
As the place is so big, staff members escort you to your table, which is great as I probably wouldn’t have found it otherwise. We were in one of the two-storey parts.
We were kind of out of the action away from the band and the bars, so we may have missed a bit of the atmosphere- but it was still good.
Munich Brauhaus: The Beers
Being out of the action meant we could actually hear each other talk easily and socialise whilst we sipped our giant 1-litre beers. The one in my picture was $19.50 which I think was a happy hour price, I think they are usually about $22. I have no idea what beer I was drinking as I don’t know squat about German beer, but I was happy with it and would order it again (if I listened to the bartender when she told me what it was). I’m terrible at ordering drinks- she must have thought I’d never left the house before.
Munich Brauhaus: The Food
I had a really hard time picking what to eat. I was tossing up between some of the sausage dishes and the schnitzels. I went with the Uber Schnitzel, which is a checked schnitzel with some salad on it. It came with a choice of mashed potato, fries or potato salad. I got the mashed potatoes.
I’m writing this on the train on my way to work right now, and I’m thinking about how good this meal was and I’m suddenly super hungry. I’ve had a lot of schnitzels before in the form of chicken parmigiana and wow, this was 100 times better than the best of those.
There was so much more flavour to it. It did not need to rely on the cheese, sauce and ham most parmas require to taste good. This reminded me of something I haven’t eaten in a long time, I’m pretty sure I’m thinking of KFC original recipe chicken. But the better quality and no bones.
You cannot tell from the photo but under the salad on top, this is actually two pieces which gave me a sense of relief as it appears it wasn’t made from whatever giant monster chickens some other big parmas are made from. My only minor gripe is that I felt like it wasn’t enough and that the other schnitzels my friends had looked bigger. But that’s more nature’s fault than the venue’s. I would definitely get this again either way.
The mashed potato was good too. I love mashed potatoes- why don’t I eat this more often?
I actually snatched up half a piece of a pork schnitzel off my friend’s plate as he wasn’t very hungry, which was a bonus. The only drawback was that he had blown his nose and he said his tissue touched the meat (and that was kind of gross) but I was hungry and didn’t care. I didn’t get sick from it, so I feel like I came out a winner here- I consider myself pretty lucky.
Around 8 pm our booking ran out, and we had to go out the back to the outdoor area. We found what must have been the last available table, which was great. We stayed out here for a few hours and ran into a few other groups of friends there which was awesome.
I later switched to their cider which was nice but didn’t feel like it was very alcoholic. One of my friends drove me home which was cool. Overall it was a really fun night with good food and good people.
Munich Brauhaus: Verdict
I would definitely come here again. I think I’d go for something slightly bigger, or maybe I’d get an extra side to fill myself up. Very keen to return though.