Article By Giulia and Sasha
A quiet, narrow alley leads you to the recently opened Marriot Hotel on Gaoxin 4 Lu. You’ll immediately recognize the outside patio of the Hacker-PschorrBrauhaus. The Marriot is a fi ve starhotel, so we were expecting one of thoserestaurants with linen table cloth and abunch of cutlery, and wished we were wearing our high heel shoes for the occasion.
Fortunately, it wasn’t what we anticipated! The Hacker-Pschorr is a classy Bavarian Brauhaus, a three level open restaurant with simple wooden décor that truly has a European vibe. Particularly impressive when entering the restaurant was the big shiny brewery behind the bar, that serves huge glasses of cold foamy Paulaner.
A friendly waiter in a traditional Bavarian outfi t showed us to our table next to a stage with a big screen behind it, and that’s when we noticed the second and third fl oor.The restaurant can fi t 380 customers, and has tables of any size, from the spacious booths to thecozy romantic tables for two. As soon as we sat down and started looking through the menu, which offers a variety of Bavarian dishes with both English and Chinese descriptions, we were offered two kinds of home-brewed Paulaner beer. I got myself a glass of Dunkel and Sasha opted for a Lager. Since neither of us are German, it would have probably taken ages to decide what to order, but luckily our knight in shining armor, the manager of the Brauhaus, came to recommend us the specials of the day. We agreed on having a Bavarian potato salad, a platter of mixed sausages and a roast pork knuckle that came with the side of mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, plus an onion soup, which our knight strongly recommended.
Finally our food arrived.Oh, how good it is to be served big plates that are actually full of food! Under the crispy crust of the pork knuckle, the meat was tender and juicy, and the fi rst bite proved that it tasted as good as it looked. The sausage plate was a generous taste of fi ve kinds of Bavariandelights that perfectly go with two kinds of mustard on the side. The Potato salad was full of bacon crisps (and bacon makes everything better, at least for us). The big surprise was the onion soup: cooked in dark beer, it preserves the taste of onions without ruining your breath if you are on a date!For dessert we shared a plate of blueberry pancakes that were not too sweet, with a light texture. Overall, we enjoyed our time at the HackerPschorrBrauhaus. The place is classy without being too formal, and the Staff speaks good English and is ready to recommend you new dishes to discover. Even though prices might look high, you do get your money’s worth. TV screens showing sports;a Philippine band providing an enjoyable, lively, yet not-tooloud-to-chat show; the outside patio; and the large Beer bites selection (cheese and sausage platters, pretzels and many more treats) makes it a perfect place to hang out after work.
1st floor of Marriott Executive
Apartments Xi’an, N0.16 4th Gaoxin
( 高新区高新四路16号西安万豪行政公寓一层 )