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Gasthaus & Bierhaus, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Gasthaus outsideLeibspeise was more than pleased to read in their Lonely Planet Guidebook that there is a German Gasthaus in Tashkent. So on their last day in the ‘Stans’ they went on another mission to find German food.

Gasthaus looks like a ‘Fachwerkhaus’ from the outside, quite inviting. Yet, Leibspeise had to pass a bouncer and a “face, bag and dress code control”. That’s something new. Dress code

Once inside, we were surrounded by the stereotypical Bavarian decor and nicknack. Waiters were dressed in fake Lederhosen (velvet instead of leather), waitresses wore “appropriate” dirndls (sorry guys, no cleavage).

Foodwise, Leibspeise was faced with a Russian menu only. Basic translations from one staff member was needed, so assumptions are based on what Leispeise saw on other guest’s plates. Leibspeise thinks that Gasthaus offers the typical German menu: schnitzel, sauerkraut, pork knuckle, sausages, etc. Leibspeise sampled a ‘German soup’ which tasted like an Uzbek schorpa and a Schnitzel, which was o.k, nicely presented but a bit soggy. So foodwise, Gasthaus could do with some authentic German cooking lessons, but Leibspeise really liked Gasthaus’ beer. They offer ‘Helles’, ‘Dunkles’, ‘Weizen’, which was delicious.

Gasthaus Schnitzelbeer mat

BierhausOn their way to their hostel, Leibspeise stumbled across another German labelled restaurant: Bierhaus. Besides the offer of another ‘Helles’ and ‘Dunkles’ which was less tasty than the Gasthaus brew, the menu did have some interesting ideas about German food. Leibspeise found “German Things: toast with tomato and cheese” or ” Stewed Munich cabbage” or “German salad: chicken, mushrooms, pai, cumcumber”.

So what did Leibspeise learn? Even in Uzbekistan, (rich) people go for ‘Bavarian atmosphere’ and German style food. Leibspeise’s verdict is that both venues would benefit from some serious development aid in regards to real German food and cooking though.

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November 10, 2009 at 7:51 am 2 comments

Schnurrbart’s, Hong Kong, China

Schnurrbart's SchnapsIn true Leibspeise spirit, Schnurrbart’s was established 26 years ago by 3 Germans who came to Hong Kong and clearly saw the lack of good German beers and food. Leibspeise wonders what this says about English beer and food?! What better idea could they have had than opening a German beer hall / pub / restaurant /Schnapps bar called Schnurrbart’s. By the way, ‘Schnurrbart’ is something typical German and means ‘moustache’.

WirtshausIt doesn’t take long until you realise that this is a real German authentic place. You certainly won’t see anything that refers to modern Germany (Schnurrbart’s looks like a typical Landgasthof), but a first view at the tab reveals some nice German Pilsners (Jever, Koepi, Warsteiner, Veltins). Furthermore, Schnurrbart’s menu boasts with a plethora of other beers and traditional German dishes. Their pork knuckle, mixed sausage plate, Wiener Schnitzel and the Currywurst are bestsellers, but there’s much more on the menu, eg. Suelze, simple salami and cheese bread (belegte Broetchen), Apfelstrudel, fried egg with potatoes, Frikadelle.

Schnurrbart’s guarantees its German authenticity by getting their chefs trained by Germans, sometimes they even invite guest chefs from Germany to create a special dish. And most importantly, Schnurrbart’s buys some of their produce from a local butcher called “Bayern-Gourmet” in close-by Aberdeen (check out their website; it’s mouthwatering). Although Schnurrbart’s has many Germans as regulars, other expats and a growing number of local Hong Kongers enjoy their culinary trip to Germany at Schnurrbart’s.

pork knuckle Bratwurst the lot

Leibspeise loved tasting a refreshing Jever after all so many weeks of Chinese Tsingtao and also was impressed by the selection of German imported Schnapps (see picture above). Similar to Koelsch beer, at Schnurrbart’s you can buy Schnaps in meters or even in 2 meters. Make use of their Happy Hour from 5-8pm. Na denn, Prost!

Schnurrbart’s has two branches: one in Lang Kwai Fong on Hong Kong island, the other one Tsimshatsui on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

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September 27, 2009 at 6:41 pm 2 comments

Khan Bräu, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

P1050050Who would have thought that Leibspeise could find German food and beer in such a remote country like Mongolia? In fact, Klaus Bader and his Mongolian business partner were looking for a business idea in Mongolia while studying international marketing in Germany. After doing some research in Mongolia both were really disappointed by the quality and taste of local beers and decided to brew their own. This was the start of Khan Bräu in 1996 which then was the preferred beer of most foreigners, but now is very popular with locals as well.

BrauhausAs quality and taste of their beer was key to the team, they brought in a brewer from Germany who created their brew (pilsner and a dark) and trained the locals how to brew it. Apparently they bought all brewing machinery in Bavaria, put it on a train and send it all the way to Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Since then the team has built a Brauhaus in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, and distribute their brew to another 10 restaurants and pubs in town.

As German beer goes well with German food, they also make delicious German bread and meat products (see picture). When you are in Ulaanbaatar, make sure to visit the Brauhaus while they do their “Bierboerse” (3 times a week). Like stocks on Wall Street you pay different prices for a Khan beer. It’s always packed, just make sure to order while the beer price is low.

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Leibspeise is impressed by this passion for German beer and also enjoyed the “lecker Wurstplatte und Broetchen”.

Here’s also a funny ad for Khan Bräu that uses a typical Mongolian way of singing called throat singing, actually fairly similar to burping…


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July 16, 2009 at 6:18 am 4 comments

Bernd’s Bar, Tokyo, Japan


This is Bernd and he welcomes you at his bar in Tokyo’s expat suburb Roppongi. Bernd’s Bar looks like a typical German “Kneipe” and like in every other Kneipe topics like Bundesliga and Formula 1 dominate conversations in this joint.

Of course, debating the latest football results and other important sport events makes people really hungry and thirsty, Bernd’s Bar offers lots of German beers and the obvious choices of hearty German pub food. It’s worth mentioning that Bernd’s Bar also has a selection of German wines.

Leibspeise doesn’t know if this is your cup of tea, but calling in to mingle amongst German expats and discussing the latest gossip from Germany is always a lot of fun and rumours say that Bernd occasionally is happy to shout some drinks. Just don’t go there on a Sunday as Bernd’s Bar is closed. 


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June 28, 2009 at 6:02 am Leave a comment

Löwenbräu Keller & Bavarian Beer Cafe Sydney, Australia

Guinness World Record Holder most steins carriesThe Löwenbräu Keller is a real Sydney institution. Established in 1976, the Löwenbräu Keller attracts the crowds: On a Saturday night up to 1,500 people enjoy the Sydney version of Bavaria, eat about a thousand meals and no doubt drink lots of beer. No wonder, the Löwenbräu Group (including 6 Bavarian Bier Cafes across town) needs the equivalent of 300 pigs a month to feed their hungry customers.

People love the high quality food and Leibspeise’s sampling of Löwenbräu’s meals can confirm their authenticity. The menu includes pork knuckels, gulash soup, bread dumplings, spätzle, wurstsalat, pork crackling, and of course lots of  different schnitzels. Most of the ingredients are sourced from Australia; however, all beers, schnaps, sauerkraut, pickles, red cabbage and mustard are imported from Germany.

Löwenbräu beautyLöwenbräu is more than just beer and food. It provides a whole Bavarian entertainment package: bar tenders in Lederhosen, blond girls in Dirndls serving Steins and oom pah pah blasmusik bands. This holistic concept has won Löwenbräu multiple awards.

Leibspeise’s verdict: a perfect stereotypical Bavarian world with really good Bavarian food and beer that obviously reflects only one part of German food culture.

Verena and Katharina welcome you at the Löwenbräu in Sydney:

More information and reviews:

eatability review

urbanspoon review

New York Times article

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