Germany is a country known for its beer, football, precision engineering and really tall people. But there is more to Germany than what meets the eyes. A rich cultural heritage paired with modern influence has resulted in a diverse European landscape. In the next few posts, I re-visit the sights and feeds that made me love this systematic country.
The amazing city centre was rebuilt after the bombing and is back better than ever. The grand palace commands sweeping views through the man-made river at the front whilst its backyard was possibly one of the largest gardens I have ever seen. It was safe to say, that Munich definitely wins my vote over Berlin any time. After the long walk, it was time for another great meal with beer and Wirtshaus Zum Straubinger is one reliable option! Remember to book or come early as the venue is not big like your typical beerhall.
For me, I ordered the duck served with German dumpling known as knudel €15.50.
I am not sure why I had the duck craving when I was in Munich. Even more surprising, the duck did not even look that amazing. The duck did not boast the tantalising dark cherry red coloured skin like the Chinese duck roast do. Neither did it have the multitude levels of Asian herbs and seasoning in the rub. Yet, there was something warm and inviting with the brownish duck thighs served to me. Its sauce was slightly salty, the skin was soft but sported crisp edges. It tasted really homely. Thinking back, it was cooked very well too. The flavour of the duck was not very gamey but every bit tender as one would expect a duck thigh to be. Yummy!
My colleague ordered the Schnitzel which was served with a side of potatoes €12.50.
When I had the Schnitzel with the berry sauce, it was instantly pleasing. You first get a crisp bite that is salty, but at the same time not too salty. Courtesy of the berry sauce, my mouth had that ripeness that brought the whole dish together. This really cuts through the oily flavours that deep-fried food normally pack. Crispy all round, these golden brown delights were yummy. But between my colleague and I, we reckon it could be a lot more crisp! Fortunately, the Schnitzels were juicy and not overcooked till dry. The potatoes cooked with caramelised onions were faultless and I had a hard time trying to not pack up all those carbs.
The Wirtshaus Zum Straubinger was a TripAdvisor recommendation and I have to say that the public got it right this time. A strong line up of traditional Bavarian dishes paired with good cooking definitely puts this place at the very top of my trip in Germany for sure. This explains how this decent sized beerhall was filled with diners before we arrived and even more packed when we left. Thankfully enough, I still had a very satisfying meal at the bar and the reviews surely did not disappoint. As mentioned earlier, remember to make a booking as people who came in without one at 8pm got turned away.