If you can think of nothing better than a hearty roast pork dinner, served in the traditional Bavarian style, then Haxnbauer restaurant in Munich is your kind of place. It’s a large, busy restaurant located close to Marienplatz, and you may want to book, or be prepared to wait a while for a table.
If you are a vegetarian, you may have to hunt a little harder than most for a decent meal in Munich, the Bavarian heartland where meat is king. At Haxnbauer that means large hunks of meat, slowly roasted on a spit, slabs of pork served with rib sticking potato dumplings and only the token lettuce leaf in the way of garnish.
We were recommended to try Haxnbauer by a friend who comes from Munich, and it’s the sort of place that locals and tourists go when they want a warm and convivial atmosphere and a taste of Bavarian food and beer. The signature dish is roast pork or veal knuckle, marinaded and roasted slowly in front of a charcoal grill which you can see through the window from outside. If you are a real meat lover, you can order a whole pork knuckle to share between two and a couple will be brought to the table, priced for you to choose.
Otherwise, you can order a plate of the sliced pork or veal knuckle and potato dumplings with a salad and there are some other Bavarian specialities to try such as smoked Bavarian ham with radish, Bavarian meat loaf with potato and cucumber salad or pork knuckle jelly. If you are vegetarian, I’m afraid it’ll be the ‘Fitness Salad” for you, an enticing mixture of radish, tomato, cucumber and carrots with a sour cream dressing. Luckily, I’m not vegetarian, but although I enjoyed my meal and wheat beer at Haxnbauer, my next instinct was to find something fresh and green after all that meat and dumplings!
Other Munich articles to enjoy
- We stayed in Munich at Hotel Falkenturm, a comfortable, 2 star hotel which is well-located for sightseeing – read my review of Hotel Falkenturm here
- The guidebook I used on this trip was the pocket sized Dorling Kindersley, Eyewitness Top 10 guide to Munich, which I found ideal for sightseeing if you are there for a short time.
- Official Munich Tourism Website