Bavarian pork knuckle at Haxnbauer in Munich

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.

Pork knuckle and potato dumplings at Haxnbauer in Munich

Pork knuckle and potato dumplings at Haxnbauer in Munich

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.

Haxnbauer restaurant in Munich

Haxnbauer restaurant in Munich

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.

Pork knuckle roasting at Haxnbauer in Munich

Pork knuckle roasting at Haxnbauer in Munich

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!

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Haxnbauer im Scholastikahaus
80331 München
E-mail; haxnbauer@kuffler.de
Tel +49.89. 216 654 0

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  • Reply
    Fly Girl
    December 30, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    Pigs knuckles! I had a hard time finding something to eat in Austria and Germany because I don’t eat red meat but I never saw this dish! Looks like I’d be one of those stuck with the firness salad!

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    December 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I was afraid that if I go to Munich (and Germany, in general), I will have a tough time finding food because I am vegetarian. The restaurant does look beautiful though and I am sure that my husband would love it.

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    Isabelle White
    June 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    My favorite kind of Salad is none other Potato Salad. it really taste yummy.””.

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    Digital Capacitor
    December 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    i eat every kind of salad, but my favorite is of course fruit salad and chicken salad ;*.

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    April 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I never saw such delicious roasted pork knuckle in style of unique culinary way in south Germany when i strolled by out the window there was so smell full air to awake me up hunger.
    Do you know the north Germany that it is made so differently from the south,stewing on the pot and what it is food name called as client want to order it? thank you!!

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      April 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      @hely I can’t remember the name in German but they basically mainly serve that at Haxnbauer

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    April 10, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Hi,Heather I am so pleased with reply to me so sooner.After receiving letter no idea within it,i try to find reference about it,here it is maybe its name not completely sure yet:Eisbein is made of stewing or braising way of cooking.

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    December 5, 2017 at 3:46 am

    I don’t know about Pork Knuckles. I don’t like the way that sounds, I think I would be eating a salad.

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      Heather Cowper
      December 5, 2017 at 5:40 am

      @Pamela Think of it as slow cooked pork – but this was not really a restaurant for vegetable lovers

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