Germany is famed the world over for many things, but for the most part, food isn’t really one of them.
With neighbouring culinary powerhouses like France, Spain and Italy stealing the limelight, it would be fair to say that most people don’t know much about German cuisine beyond pretzels and sauerkraut.
Out to showcase what the country has to offer, newly opened Das Brauhaus is putting Germanic cuisine firmly on the table with a selection of traditional dishes like Bavarian cheese, goulash and of course, plenty of meat from chicken to veal.
Decked out with long tables, designed to encourage interaction between groups of diners for that communal experience, it’s a different way to enjoy a meal for this city, but not uncommon, I’m told, for Germany’s food halls.
Around the room, there are board games – including a German version of tabletop football game Subbuteo – and a stage that hosts karaoke nights, but my visit is purely about eating.
With all the food made fresh, and recipes passed down from the owner’s family, it’s as authentic a German restaurant as you could hope to find in this part of the world.
The German goulash soup, served with freshly baked rye bread, has a rich, peppery tomato base and is packed with potatoes, carrots and succulent beef chuck steak. I finish the lot.
The Bavarian potato soup is equally warming and hearty, laced with pieces of sausage soaked in the thick broth that is mopped up enthusiastically by my brother, who makes use of the moreish bread.
But it’s the main course that we’re really excited about, and we’re not disappointed when two huge veal sausage dishes arrive at the table, inviting us to tuck in.
Made fresh in house, the bratwurst is exceptional with the crisp skin giving way to a juicy centre. I enjoy every bite with mustard, sauerkraut and mashed potato. What more could you want from a meal?
My brother is equally enamoured with the kaesekraner, a German sausage stuffed with cheese, which oozes out with every incision.
The quality is undeniable, the freshness outstanding and the grandmother who handed down the recipes is my new personal hero.
Need to know:
Location: Das Brauhaus, Al Ain Palace Hotel, Fatima bint Mubarak Street, near Recreation Park
We say: Good food, good times
Cost: AED 220 for two
Opening times: Daily noon-2.30am
Contact: 050 509 9041, dasbrauhaus.rocks
WORDS Colin Armstrong