Servus! An apt salute for an evening of Bavarian beer and food I’d say. The last Zomato meet up I was invited to a few weeks ago to Bierschenke, traditional Munich bierhall. Don’t be fooled by the entrance, the place is massive and though I was a bit taken aback b y the huge crowds as I entered, I found the seating chosen for us at the huge seating area downstairs very comfortable.
Curious to know what kind of beers we would be served and very curious to know if they would serve up ‘authentic cuisine’ we foodies sipped on our welcome drink Bierschenke Weißbier with a fabulously light citrus notes thanks to rare a premium Strisselspalt Hop.
Enter into the scene – Iranga – our barman for the evening, ladies and gents this gentleman with his fluent German and near encyclopedic knowledge of beer, brewing and history is who you must wish will be around to serve you on your first visit to Bierschenke.
He took us through the five different beers starting with Bierschenke Kellerbier with a spicy and smooth taste, must say I really liked this beer. Now I generally like light and sweet beers – that is -if I am drinking beer at all, don’t my choice of drink really! This was followed by Bierschenke Lager made with hard water, has lesser hops than the other beers and therefore sweet tasting and my favourite of the lot, pairs well with pork dishes. Krombacher Pils with extra hops and bitter taste – a genuine premium pilsner beer.
Followed by a dark Bavarian lager – Paulaner (Original Munich) Dunkel with chocolate and caramel notes – faint but enjoyable.
Last but not the least came a smoky lager – Schlenkerla Rauchbier. Bierschenke works with a brewery just outside of Munich to produce their own signature beers – now wonder then that Biershenke goes through 150 kegs of beer a week!
By now my head was getting heavy and I really needed the comfort of carbs and boy that platter which came our way was a huge meaty treat loaded with a large roasted pork shank, traditional German style meatloaf, bread pork escalope with creamy mushroom sauce, chips, mashed potatoes, bread and potato dumplings and of course sauerkraut.
Of course we had Bratwurst too and the most deliciously authentic Frankfurter’s I’ve eaten in London – the taste still lingers on in my mind ummm. The reason they get the taste so right is that all meat is imported from Germany and Klaus handmakes Bierschenke’s sausages, explains why customers consume 2000 sausages per week here!
I met some really cool bloggers and had a long and intense conversation about authentic Italian food from an Italian blogger who couldn’t help but moan about who much cheaper wine is in Italy and how much she missed home… …
Those are our happy faces after gorging on that huge sharing platter, highly recommend this platter to all hungry folks who land up here for a beer and end up staying for food.
As of we weren’t already stuffed , this gorgeous platter filled with cream cheese pancakes, traditional cut-up sugared pancake, homemade apple strudel served with Apple Sauce and hot raspberries.
I had a long way back home and left for home, but I hear I missed the Jägertrain! Terrible I say especially after I saw these photos 🙁
Bierschenke Beer Schnapps and Jägerbombs (Jägermeister & Red Bull) served by the lovely Caroline.
It was a fabulous evening of bier flight, traditional food imported from Germany and of course the company of the entire Zomato gang. Made very enjoyable by Lena, Iranga and Caroline, our amazing waitstaff at Bierschenke. Would definitely recommend this awesome beer hall to anyone looking for truly authentic German food and great tasting beers in London and as a bonus you will be served by the knowledgeable and polite staff who go the extra mile to make your experience special.
*With thanks to Zomato Uk and the staff at Bierschenke for a fun foodie evening. No monetary compensation was provided for this post. All views expressed are my own.