A German Porky & Beer Wonderland @ Berlin’s Bier Houz, IpohJune 5, 2010 | 29,057 views
Who Needs Fork & Knife? Basted with a finger-licking droolworthy BBQ sauce, the Pork Ribs Special @ Berlin’s Bier Houz just begged to be devoured using hands and all.
A new watering hole opened in Greentown Business Centre recently, named Berlin’s Bier Houz (www). Specializing in imported German beers, and a mish-mash of German-European cuisine, I came to know about this place recently from a colleague, and decided to venture over for lunch.
This place reminded me of Bavarian Bier Haus @ The Curve, with almost the same setting, cuisine, and imported German beers.
The front facade of the restaurant/bistro, located at the new premises in Greentown Business Centre. Berlin’s Bier Houz faces the row of shops housing Movenpeak and Assam House.
The menu covers mostly liquors in all manners, served in half-a-pint sizes, full pints, in bottles, and even cocktails/mocktails. Indeed, a haven for those who appreciate the finer forms of German beers, with names such as Erdinger, Stella Artois, Blackthorn, Tetley’s and Connor’s. Pardon me for being ignorant, for I’m not an avid drinker myself.
So let’s see what type of cuisines Berlin’s Bier Houz has to offer ….
Finer Beers, and Greater Coffee – Good thing Berlin’s has decided to include Illy’s Coffee into their repertoire, instead of neglecting completely the needs of those who wish to stay sober
Surprisingly, the Illy Coffee blends at Berlin’s Bier Houz are priced rather reasonably, with most beverages priced at below RM10/USD3 each. The latte goes for RM6/USD1.80 each, a steal considering the robust , full-bodied and creamy concoction was smooth and pleasant. Can’t remember when was the last time I had a good latte, and an Illy’s blend at that.
German Roast Pork – Served with a dollop of mustard, and another dollop of garlic alio sauce (RM15.80/USD4.80)
Berlin’s list of comfort, beer food (light bites) include an astonishing 23 items, ranging from curry bratwurst, caramelize roast pork, roasted baby ribs, cheese platter, German mash & sauerkraut, etc. Prices ranging from RM6/USD1.80 upwards. We sampled the German Roast Pork, also known as Schweinerbraten, which was served with two different sauces. One being the tangy/acerbic mustard, and the other being a dollop of garlic alio sauce; a mayo-like dip with a tinge of chopped garlic. Perfect as accompaniments to foil the fatty, carnivorous delights (possibly better known as ‘Siu Yoke’ in Chinese) roasted until the skin crackles with every bite. Even grandma approved of this, hence it’s all good.
Pan Sear Barramundi - A thick slab of barramundi (also known as Asian seabass) grilled with Chardonnay reduction, served with burney potatoes, and cherry tomatoes. (RM28.80/USD8.70)
Regrettably, the only fish item in the menu is the barramundi, pan-seared then served atop a bed of burney potatoes, and halved cherry tomatoes. What’s more intriguing was the choice of garnishing; the Japanese flavoured seaweed salad better known as ‘Chuka Wakame‘ sat on top of the fish. Eye-candy? Yes. Tastewise? No-no. The tartness of the frozen, crunchy seaweed almost spoiled the delicate, briny and fatty flavours of the fish.
Pork Burger with Cheese - Beats the average fast food intepretations anyday, eh? (RM16.80/USD5)
My eyes glowed at the sight of PORK burger in their menu. As stated, it came with a juicy and thick slab of homemade marinated minced pork patty, a slice of bacon, and cheddar cheese, atop a bed lettuce. No complaints here, for the pork burger did remind me of Nambawan’s deliciously homemade rendition, albeit at almost triple the price. The thick cut fries served with the burger was a nice touch, and thankful they did not rely on cheap shoe-strings or crinkle cuts. But they could have melted the cheese, instead of plain sandwiching the burger with it.
Spicy Paella - A famous Spanish rice dish, served with chicken, olives, and red pepper chillies here. (RM15.80/USD4.80)
I mistakenly read the description in the menu, thinking that the paella would be arriving in a pan, just like how the real deal‘s supposed to be. But after scrutinizing the smaller letters, I noticed that in the menu, the paella was pan-fried with the ingredients, not served in a pan. Oh whatever.
Anyway, the paella at Berlin’s was forgettable, and would do better if relegated to a side dish rather than a main on its own. If only they have done a seafood version of the same dish, then maybe the paella would be worthy of an order.
German Pork Knuckle – Crispy, authentic German signature, served with a brown sauce with caramelized onions, and a noticeable tinge of alcohol. (RM43.80/USD13.30 for a full portion, and RM25/USD7.60 for half)
A carnivore’s dream come true, a German feast is never complete without a sample of the favourite pork knuckle. At Berlin’s, you can order a full portion, or half. Word of warning though; take the HALF portion instead, unless you’re sharing the knuckle with someone else.
Clockwise from top left : Dissecting the pan-seared barramundi, The beautifully layered pinkish pork meat, fat, skin and all, Dipping the crackly skin into the intoxicating gravy, and the thick cut fries at Berlin’s.
At RM25 for half a portion, the German Pork Knuckle just begged to be ordered. And you won’t regret your choice. Almost passing off as a FULL portion, the knuckle had me struggling with the immense portion and scary layers of gelatinous fat underneath that perfectly crispy skin. Elsewhere, the knuckle would be a tad too salty for taste, for the odds are you’d be downing a pint or two while happily chowing down on your food. But thankfully at Berlin’s, the meat was not only juicy and tender, the marinade was kept to a minimal; resulting in a moist and naturally flavoursome pork.
Aside from the knuckle, you can also opt for the German special roasted suckling pig (RM180/USD54.50 for a full piglet, RM98 for half, and RM50 for a quarter).
Choose to dine al fresco, or inside the premise which can seat a good 50 or so patrons. And marvel at the sight of those tipsy-inducing bottles and beer dispensers.
Berlin’s Bier Houz also serves several varieties of pasta, such as Spicy Vongole Fettucine (with spicy clams), a Prawns Aglio-Olio, and even a Carbonara. The selection of desserts is limited to three types; Crepe Suzette, Banana Flambe, and Cheesecake. We omitted the thought of going for more, as the overload of proteins was indeed taxing to the guts.
More importantly, Berlin’s Bier Houz dedicated almost half of their menu to their imported liquors; hence you can be assured of good quality, imported beers at any time of the day.
Just refrain from drinking and driving, or worse …… binge-drinking during lunch and getting back to work in a not-so-sober mode !!!
BERLIN’S BIER HOUZ (non-halal)
No 12, Ground Floor,
Persiaran Greentown 4,
Greentown Business Centre,
30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Telephone : 605-241 8118, 6017-398 2513 (Danny Wong)
Website : www.fnblibrary.com
Business hours : Sunday – Thursday : 11.30am – 12.30am,
Friday & Saturday : 11.30am – 1.30am
Here’s a GOOGLE MAP to Berlin’s Bier Houz
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