Beijing’s most popular microbrewery, Paulaner Bräuhaus is also an award-winning restaurant, crowned Best German 2015 in the beijinger Reader Restaurant Awards. Serving traditional Bavarian and German fare, dishes include sausages, pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and goulash. There is a separate kids’ menu which includes tomato soup (RMB 38), Kempinski cheese burger with fries (RMB 58), breaded prawns (RMB 68), plus pizza and pasta dishes.
Our hungry diner is UK/German 9-year-old Lily Copeland, a Year 5 student at Dulwich College Beijing. Lily has been living in Beijing for five years. Her favorite foods are lasagna and fajitas, and she loves ice cream! Today Lily samples a selection of dishes from their a la carte menu, including Frankfurter sausages served with traditional Bavarian style potato salad (RMB 88), deep-fried breaded Camembert with cranberries (RMB 128), and a selection of breads and pretzels with home-made spreads (RMB 48).
The sausages are “proper German sausages” and a big hit with Lily. “The potato salad is really good too, with lots of bits of bacon,” she says. Lily dives into the basket of breads, which pair perfectly with the liver pate and a tangy sour cream spread. The breaded Camembert has a crisp exterior crumb encasing soft and flavorsome cheese. For dessert Lily samples the premium ice cream from the kids’ menu (RMB 28 per scoop). Her favorite flavor is the strawberry. “It has real strawberry pieces and is so tasty!” she exclaims. To drink, she enjoys a fresh cranberry juice.
The restaurant seats 264 indoors, with décor that lends an authentic bräuhaus atmosphere. Outside, make the most of the expansive beer garden. Service is fast and efficient, with wait staff dressed in traditional outfits. All prices are subject to 15 percent surcharge.
From December 1 the Kempinski Ice Rink at Paulaner terrace will open up, with huts serving gluhwein and hot chocolate. Why not welcome in the festive season with some hearty winter dishes in Paulaner, before taking to the ice.
The restaurant is non-smoking throughout. There are ample high chairs available. The restaurant has clean, Western-style bathrooms with soap and toilet paper.
Paulaner Bräuhaus 普拉那啤酒坊餐厅
Daily 11am-1am Kempinski Hotel, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District (6465 3388 ext 5732) www.paulaner-brauhaus.com/beijing/home 朝阳区亮马桥路50号凯宾斯基饭店
Kempinski Ice Rink
Daily from December 1 2015 to March 1 2016. Public ice skating Sunday to Wednesday 9am-9pm, Thursday to Saturday 9am-12noon, 3pm-6pm. Open for events Thursday to Saturday 12noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm.
Photos: courtesy of Dave’s Studio
This article originally appeared on page 26-27 of the beijingkids December 2015 issue. Click here to read the issue for free on Issuu.com. To find out how you can get your own copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org