How to review the Haxnbauer a restaurant known for its simply legendary pork knuckle, well, all I can say is...have the pork knuckle and don't worry about anything else, starters are superfluous and only hinder the appetite for pork.
We were lucky enough to be sat in the larger room, having pushed our way past the long queue of people without reservations (hint: make a reservation!). On previous visits we have been sat in the smaller room with the kitchen, nice for tourists until the heat from the ever rotating charcoal pork rotisserie gets too much. But the splendour of the large room is by far the preferred area to sit.
Only the brave and bavarian make it to dessert after finishing a Halbschweinshaxe. We didn't...but can't wait to try again.
It is just a block away from hofbrauhaus and less crowded. Food portions are decent & the service was good too. There isnt exactly variety on the menu but then again thats the status quo for Germany
An authentic experience, indeed. This restaurant resonates with Bavarian charm. From the dark wood paneled walls embellished with old photos of the founders of the restaurant along with long, family style tables enabling a beer hall kind of vibe. The best feature of the eatery, however, is the pork knuckle: a slab of slow roasted (over an open coal flame) pork that make vegetarians and carnivores alike, drool.
Although, I wasn't courageous enough to take on a huge slab of crispy (on the outside) and tender (on the inside) meat, I took a little nibble of Andrew's and knew why it was this restaurants claim to fame. The whole process is exciting as the excitement builds waiting for the server to come over and show you the various size options of knuckle you want to the actual execution of your chosen meat to be plated in front of you. After the intensity of the pork knuckle subsided we all picked from each others plates and enjoyed little bits of a delicious array of German eats.
The table favorite had to be the potato salad with an exploding flavor of chives, garlic, and mustard and the weiner schnitzel with the perfect crispy exterior paired with a sweet chutney that complimented the saltiness of the pork.
The service was top notch, the restaurant was warm and inviting, and the food was undeniably delectable.
Fantastic Bavarian food. The atmosphere is vibrant and a bit loud so not a place for a quiet meal but a great place with friends and family. Lovely decor and friendly staff. They also have English menus available
What is there not to like? Probably the best in Bavarian food. Their best is the roasted whole Pork knuckle. It's large enough for two people. Great location and atmosphere. Good service and reasonable prices. Highly recommended for every occasion as well as groups and families.
You can eat anywhere and everywhere in Bavaria, but all else will be eclipsed by the pork knuckle at Haxnbauer.
I've eaten here twice in 2007 and once last month and my goodness, this is the real deal. So real you'll literally feel your arteries singing and crying simultaneously. We're talking crackling and fat. Sliced pork that's been slow roasting for hours. The best potato dumplings. Sourkraut. Beer.
The pictures speak for themselves.
Not all pork knuckles are created equal. This is the place to go for a hunk of burning 'pork' love.
Sure, you can order a pork knuckle anywhere in Munich...but why ruin your experience and go with subpar knuckle? Haxnbauer roasts their pork over a wood fire for 3 hours and it smells divine when you walk in (I thought I died and went to porky heaven). If you order an entire knuckle (good for 2 people), the waiter will let you pick your own (with price tags included). The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was absolutely delicious (I didn't want to stop eating until there was just a bone left on the plate). It's definitely a must do.
My review will be somewhat biased since I believe the way to properly cook a pork knuckle is BRAISED for hours -- the moist heat makes it meltingly tender, you can cut it with the side of your fork.
The Bavarians don't see it that way -- invariably, they roast these bad boys. And for that preparation, Haxnbauer is definitely the master, much much better than my neighborhood biergarten in the summer time. The pork knuckle, while still chewy, is roasted long enough so you can actually cut it. The sauce was a very nice demi-glace, and the sides were pretty good too.
It looks like other Yelpers find it touristy -- not sure I agree, as I have been to many places much more touristy than this in Munich. That said, the roasting knuckles in the window do draw in the crowds.
Had lunch. Most people were having knuckles. We tried sausage, not bad. Lots of tourists.
Best Grillhaxe I've ever had. 18 Euros makes it a bit hard to swallow,
though. Luckily the 1-liter mass biers help. Also good sauerkraut and
kartoffelsalat. The service is also pretty good by Germany standards. If
you don't mind spending extra money for something special, check it
out, but keep in mind you'll spend 3-4 times more than other local
The famed pork knuckle lived up to its reputation. The red wine plum dumplings we had for dessert were also good. However, the service left a bad taste in my mouth.
Waiter was slow and sullen, and sometimes even rude. When my companion wrote in a tip on the credit card receipt, the waiter said, "Why didn't you do this earlier?" He also made a racist remark that I won't relay here.
It left my companion and I wondering whether the problem lay with him or with us. This was our last stop in Germany, and we'd always tried to be as polite and un-demanding as possible. We never experienced such horrendous service anywhere else except here. Perhaps it was the fact that we were quite clearly foreigners and the waiter was suffering from post-Oktoberfest tourist-overload hangover, but even so, that level of behaviour is inexcusable.
Everything is priced a little on the high side, and I've been told it's more of a tourist spot rather than somewhere many locals go, so taking what happened into consideration, I wouldn't have chosen to come here again.
The simplicity of Chris S's review deserves repeating; Pork Knuckle. That's what they are known for and you can see them roasting in the front window. The sides are your typical Bavarian sides (potato dumpling, red cabbage). Such good food.
I will add, this place is fairly large (not Hofbraushaus large, but larger than average)-and always seems to be busy. The food is AWESOME. You have to get the Pork Knuckle-ZAZZ!
Very good food and service. My first experience in Bavarian food was pretty great. We ordered a selection of pork/veal knuckle with sauerkraut and helles beer. It's a time tested combination that left us completely full and satisfied in the end. Good thing we ordered some Schlaftrunk (nightcap) to help us conclude our evening :) Recommend!
If you have any difficulty finding Haxnbauer, it might be because a better address would be Münzstraße 2 rather than what's listed.
Haxnbaur was a great, traditional Bavarian restaurant. I ordered the pork knuckle (should be the 1st dish on the menu) which was delicious, not to mention gigantic as well. It also came with some of the best sauerkraut I ate in my 1 month in Germany.
I also had the pleasure of chatting with an English-speaking waiter from Canada/New York City who was very friendly. If you can get him, he definitely helps you enjoy your meal!
Excellent restaurant with great Bavarian atmosphere, super-fast service, and great food! The specialties are pig knuckle and roast suckling pig. They seem to be roasting these things on a spit. I got the Bavarian duo, which was pig knuckle, veal knuckle, and potato dumpling. I washed this all down with Franziskaner weissbier. Fantastic. It's a bit off the beaten path, and better than the overcrowded Hofbrauhaus.
Two words... Pork Knuckle. That's what they are known for and you can see them roasting in the front window. The sides are your typical Bavarian sides (potato dumpling, red cabbage). Such good food.
Mmmm, fire roasted pork. Have all the Bavarian sides that go with your pork knuckle, legs, ribs, whatever you prefer and do not forget to include beer. Some say this is a tourist trap, but I have to disagree. They are true swine experts and the atmosphere, from the roasting pork in the front sidewalk window to the aroma of roasted meat inside is a carnivore's delight.
That's great Bavarian restaurant. The half knee is great and delicious. In winter is always full of people, half tourists attracted by the very famous typical place. Prices moderated.
Best Pork Knuckle and good sauerkraut
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