A step into Bavaria:
German Hofbrauhaus is a tiny corner of Germany just a spit
and a stride from the narrow passageways of Chiang Mai’s Night Bazaar. This
bustling restaurant, with its picture laden walls and checked tablecloths,
specializes in German food served by waitresses decked out in Bavarian costumes
- rushing between tables holding full platters, and steins of foaming beer.
This family run business was one of the first western eateries to open in the
northern capital. It soon became popular over thirty years ago and its motto,
“we are known for the best” remains relevant today. While the main dining area
is spacious, its warm décor and busy trade retains a cozy atmosphere, and diners
can eat outside on the terrace if they prefer.
The Germany diet could be described as robust with sausages, potatoes and cream
cakes out to attack the waistline - and beer is often preferred to wine – a
further blow to weight watchers. It would be sinful, however, to pass German
cuisine off as merely beer and sausage. Traditionally, care has been taken to
prepare healthy meals that belong exclusively to Germany.
Starters at Hofbrauhaus range from Bt60 to Bt110 and one could commence in
typically German style with Frisch tomatensuppe or Franz knoblauchbrote; garlic
bread, or go international with Hungarian goulash, Spanish tortillas or a
continental mixed salad.
Most appetizers are priced at just under Bt200, with favourites such as prawn
cocktail, the salami plate and raw ham on rye bread listed. And smoked salmon
with horseradish is slightly more expensive at Bt250.
In between courses, diners can sit back and soak up the restaurant’s relaxing
ambiance with a glass of Paulaner Munchen beer or a stein of Erdinger Weissbrau.
Or there is a varied selection of wines and soft drinks to choose from.
Many of the main courses cost between Bt250 and Bt400, and pork lovers can dive
straight into a traditional weiner schnitzel with French fries and vegetables.
Not to mention eissbein or schweinshaxe – boiled or deep fried pork leg with
homefries and sauerkraut.
The extensive menu at Hofbrauhaus includes a wide variety of filet steaks, fish,
sausage and Italian pizzas, never mind the crop of German specialties.
Frankfurter wurstchen served with potatoes is not to be missed; and sauerbraten
– a sour pot roast of beef with mash potato – is a must. And for those who like
curry, leckere currywurst is a veal sausage served in a classic Berlin sauce
with French fries.
When it comes to dessert, the usual ice creams and fruit are available, but why
not go the whole hog and delve into a hunk of cheesecake or freshly homemade
apple strudel. And to help the digestion one can round off the feast with coffee
and a few shots of schnapps.
German Hofbrauhaus opens from 11 am to 11 pm all week and can be found at
115/1-2 Loi Kroh Road, Chiang Mai 50100. For more information telephone 053
276989, 053 821273 or fax 053 821276.