Authentic Bavarian style dining & fresh natural Paulaner beers from working microbrewery
July 24th, 2013
Successfully operating internationally since 1989, the Bavarian-concept Paulaner Brauhaus– restaurants and microbreweries- can be found in some of the world’s leading cities such as New York, Moscow, Munich, Singapore, Cape Town, Beijing, and since 1997- Shanghai. The Paulaner Brahaus concept captures the essence of Bavarian lifestyle and hospitality- famous for their large scale beer halls and exuberant social dining atmosphere. Authentic Bavarian cuisine is cooked under the direction of a German Executive Chef- perfectly complimenting the freshly brewed natural Paulaner beers. Combining a Bavarian-themed restaurant with an on-site microbrewery- in partnership with the historic Paulaner beer brand- has proven popular in Shanghai, with the original flagship restaurant in Fen Yang Road now joined by sister Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai restaurants in Xiantandi, Expo and Binjinag Park in Pudong.
As the flagship Shanghai outlet, the Paulaner Brauhaus @ Fen Yang Road occupies an impressive building in the prestigious French Concession area of central Shanghai. Set well back from the tree-lined road on a large garden site, the original building was completely renovated under the direction of Bavarian design firm to re-create an authentic style Bavarian “brauhaus” style restaurant. A signature design element of all Paulaner Brauhaus’ are the gleaming large cooper kettles that stand behind the copper-covered bar counter and beer fonts. And referencing the traditional Bavarian dining style- seating is mostly at large solid timber tables and bench seats.
Paulaner is one of the oldest breweries located in the Bavarian region of Germany, dating back to 1634 when a local order of friars in Munich were granted a license to sell their brews to the public. Paulaner beer continues to this day to be brewed at the main Paulaner Brewery in the heart of Munich. The Paulaner beers are brewed in the micro-brewery of Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai under the supervision of a German Brewmaster appointed by the Paulaner Brewery, following the same brewing processes as in the parent brewery, and complying with the strict stipulations of the German Purity Law of 1516. Brewed from just four natural ingredients- malt, hops, yeast and water, the Paulaner beers are served fresh and unfiltered directly through the bar taps. Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai continuously brew three types of beer- Lager, Dark and Wheat. Special beers offered twice to three times a year on a seasonal basis are also brewed on the premises.
Bavarian cuisine is renowned for its wholesome, hearty nature- with robust flavours and generous portions. Among the notable dishes are the Grilled Pork Knuckle with Sauerkraut; Home-Made Sausage Specialties such as White, Vienna and Regensburger; Schnitzel “Wiener Art”– Breaded Pork Escalope “Vienna Style” with French Fries or Potato Salad; and sharing platters of Mixed Sausages, and Cold Cuts & Cheeses. In addition to the authentic Bavarian cuisine, a selection of International dishes are offered- with choices of seafood, pasta, and grilled steaks.
Popular with both expats and local Shanghai residents, Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai is also a “family-friendly” restaurant and weekends are always packed with crowds of families- particularly in the warmer months when the outdoor beer garden is open. The “All You Can Eat” Sunday brunch buffet featuring Bavarian and international specialties, seafood and kids’ stations is a majpr attraction year-round. And the nightly live entertainment performed by the resident Filipino band- with a wide repertoire of popular songs- adds an upbeat atmosphere to the evening dining experience.
Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai @ Fen Yang Road is open daily, serving lunch and dinner menus, and drinks late into the night. With such an expansive capacity, across several levels, Paulaner Brauhaus Shanghai also lends itself as a flexible venue for private functions and corporate events- comfortably handling up to 500 guests.
Inside Paulaner Brauhaus @ FenYang
At the entrance to Paulaner Brauhaus- the covered front terrace area- with the outdoor beer garden extending beyond the glass panels.
Extending over three levels, the voluminous interior has an impressive scale. The ground floor features traditional Bavarian style wooden tables, the distinctive copper beer kettles, and the band stage.
Authentic Bavarian style decor with dark timber paneling, unpolished timber floors, and robust timber tables and chairs.
At one end of the massive floor space- the beer serving counter with operational copper kettles and fresh draught beer delivered directly from the micro-brewery beer vats.
Gleaming copper beer counter and font- a signature feature of all Paulaner Brauhaus.
Looking down from upper level at the ground floor tables and band stage.
Table settings in the winter garden section- adjacent to kitchen serving counters.
The outdoor beer garden with traditional bench style seating. A signature Paulaner fountain is a feature of the beer garden. Paulaner Brauhaus is “family-friendly”- with a kids playground area particularly popular on the weekends.
Chefs preparing typical Bavarian style cuisine at the open kitchen.
Paulaner micro-brewery- fresh beers brewed on-site
The modern micro-brewery works are located on the first floor- with the large stainless steel fermentation tanks (Left & Top Right) , and a large cold room holding the aging & storage tanks.
Resident Brew Master checking the contents of the copper kettles behind the ground floor bar counter.
Fresh, natural beer- brewed on-site- served directly from the tap.
Fresh beer & Bavarian Cuisine
A perfect accompaniment to the Paulaner beers are the freshly baked Brezel Trees- Four Brezels with Schmalz, Liver Mousse and Butter.
Paulaner’s Mixed Bavarian Combination- with Bavarian Sausages, Cured Pork Knuckle, Braised Pickled Smoked Pork Loin “Kassler”, Meat Loaf, Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes. One of the most popular choices on the menu.
Paulaner Bräuhaus- micro brewery & restaurant- Shanghai
Address: 15o Fen Yang Road, Xu Hui District, Shanghai 200031. China
Metro: Line 1 Hengshan Rd
Enquiries: +86.21. 6474 5700
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/paulanerbrauhausshanghai
Sunday to Thursday 11:00 am ~ 01:00 am
Friday & Saturday 10:00 am ~ 02:00 am
Live Band: Sunday to Thursday from 7:30 pm ; Friday & Saturday – from 8:00 pm
Other Paulaner Bräuhaus in Shanghai located at:
Xiantandi; Binjiang (Pudong); Expo- Pudong.