Brauhaus

Brauhaus

On our last visit to Brauhaus, we complained about the atrocious soundtrack, an indelicate farrago of Deutsche-pop that included an ear-aching Atomic Kitten cover Reviews

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On our last visit to Brauhaus, we complained about the atrocious soundtrack, an indelicate farrago of Deutsche-pop that included an ear-aching Atomic Kitten cover. However, we hadn’t been able to praise the food highly enough. Things, it seems, have changed somewhat in the past months. The volume of the music, thankfully, has been lowered to a pianissimo near-silence, but the quality of the food has seemingly nose-dived.

We still love the venue; a purpose-built semicircular space that classily replicates a traditional German tavern. Unfortunately on our visit the place was lifeless. As much as we appreciated the toning down of the tuneless volk-jangle, something was needed to generate atmosphere. The waiting staff were perfectly friendly and efficient, but somewhat lacking in cheer.

Things seemed to bode well for our meal when I seized a treat from my companion’s hors d’oeuvre plate, a smoked salmon medallion on an impeccably crumbly hash brown. My goulash had a strong tasty broth, but was let down by little pieces of beef so chewy as to render the dish inedible.

The main courses were adequate but uninspired. A giant portion of lamb chops came with a velvety mound of mashed potato speckled with rosemary and fennel, and a side salad with a sweet tangy dressing. The meat, however, wasn’t very tender, resolutely clinging to the bone. Dished up with fettuccine, leeks and cheese sauce, a fillet of grilled salmon was beautifully seasoned, but the fish lacked flavour beneath the crisp herb-encrusted edges. The droopy green pasta lacked dynamism and the cheese sauce and vegetables were merely bland.
The staff needed some cajoling before we could retrieve the menus to order dessert and we waited ages before our lacklustre puddings arrived. Although I scoffed the adjoining kiwi slices with fleeting fingers, my tablemate’s crêpes with caramel sauce suffered from a tired predictability. My apple strudel had been doused in a colourfully chocolatised vanilla sauce, but the fruit filling was too tame; a dry, warm, light-sugary flavour lacking fruity sharpness.

If Brauhaus wants to sparkle this Oktoberfest, it urgently needs a dose of vivacity.

By Matthew Lee

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

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  • Location: Jumeira Rotana, Satwa, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 345 5888
  • Travel: 2nd of December
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Posted by: Kay on 24 May ' 13 at 17:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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This may not be the poshest restaurant in Dubai but you cannot fault the food and the price! "Stodgy" food..... Obviously an English person wrote this, I mean English food is not stodgy at all?! Thursday evening meal deal is fantastic value for money and I will definitely be recommending this to my friends. The service we couldn't fault, our drinks were topped up continually and the staff were extremely friendly.

Posted by: andy on 06 Mar ' 13 at 11:23
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Go every few weeks. Great beers. Good stodgy food, particularly pork knuckle. Think back drop of nonstop EuroPop tad annoying. A good fun bar/rest.

Posted by: just_me on 09 Apr ' 11 at 14:35
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Just order a pork shank if you want to eat a kilo of succulent meat with crispy skin. :)

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 30 Sep ' 10 at 05:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Came here on th 26th and had a better expeience this time. Salmon, mix grill, chicken and sausage sword were ordered for the 4 of us. The meat dishes are usually dry with lack of any juice in them. Also I feel the prices are a little high for the quality.

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 02 May ' 10 at 08:49
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Tad dissapoinred last night. We had ordered Mix grill, Royal hammour and BBQ baby ribs. The ribs were burnt in parts and dry and to make it worse there was not much meat remainig on it. Fork and knife had to be left by the side as you could only eat it with you hands. I pointed it out to the manager. The chef insisted that its to be eaten with hands but as I said there wasn't much to have and for the price you get something altogether different at other establishments. Though he didn't agree that there was anything greatly wrong with the ribs, he said I can order anything else I want, which I declined. To be fair, the other dishes were good but I just wish he had just admitted that the ribs were just not right. This was my 3rd visit to this place and don't intend to let this stop me from coming here again.

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