Article By Mike Leaner
No.16 Gaoxin 4 Lu, Gaoxin District
(029) 6568 2399
11:30am – 2:00am
Average Price per Person /人均消费: 150RMB
PROS: Nice food, tasty beer, good atmosphere
CONS: A bit pricey
When a craving for sausage hits, local xiangchang (香肠) sometimes fails to satisfy. It’s probably best then to seek out some of our German friends for a taste of Europe, and a trip to the Hacker-Pschorr Bierhaus at the Mariott on Gaoxin 4 Road will certainly do the trick.
Hacker-Pschorr aims for a more authentic German culinary experience, and that goal is obvious from the very first moment in their mammoth, four-story dining room. Brass brewing equipment is the most eye-catching thing in the room, but the wooden tables and ample amount of steins complete the look quite nicely.
If you’re hankering for German food, you’re probably looking for a real “meat-and-potatoes” kind of meal, and Hacker-Pschorr delivers on that front. My companion and I ordered their Grand Platter, which was heaped over with sausages, pork knuckle, ham, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. To go with it we got some French fries and a basket of pretzels. The whole meal was a salty, savory delight, and though I enjoyed all of it my favorite part was definitely the pretzels—soft, warm and perfectly twisted, it’s definitely the best, possibly the only pretzel I’ve ever had within the Xi’an city limits. If you’re more of the vegetarian persuasion this probably won’t be your first choice for a night out, but you’ll find some salads and other alternatives. On the same note, if you’re not really into pork, there are some great seafood options on the menu.
We can’t go this whole review without mentioning the beer! The Hacker-Pschorr beer is brewed on site and they offer three varieties. I opted for the Dunkle, which was smooth and flavorful, and came in plentiful amounts. They’ll be having a oktoberfest at the end of this month (August) from the 31st to the 3rd, so if you like German-style beer you’ll have a great opportunity to drink as much of it as you can handle.
German food has been one of the more enduring foreign cuisines in Xi’an, and it’s nice to see it done well by the people at Hacker-Pschorr. Whether it’s for a whole smorgasbord of meats or just a beer and a pretzel, you can’t really go wrong here. Sometimes, you just need a banger in the mouth.
Mike Leaner likes to get dirty but not for free. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org