Good German stodge will leave you needing a nap Reviews

© ITP Images
View slideshow
  • Picture 1 of 2

Some meals in Abu Dhabi leave you feeling refreshed and as light as a feather, others leave your stomach feeling like it’s gone 12 rounds with Mike Tyson. And German stodgefest Brauhaus certainly falls into the latter category, although this isn’t necesarily a bad thing. Describing the food in the city’s only Bavarian eaterie as hearty wouldn’t do it justice. It’s so heavy, and the portions so big, you’ll probably need a lie down afterwards – especially because the food’s tasty enough that you’ll want to keep eating, even though your straining stomach will be begging for mercy.

Tucked away inside the Beach Rotana, Brauhaus makes the most of its German influences with dark wooden walls, oompah music, weird animal skulls and a big selection of hoppy beverages. The polite staff showed us in and some huge bread rolls with a selection of butters and a cream cheese were placed on the table – the first indication of the massive portions that would follow.

For starters, we ordered the Bavarian sausages and the pumpkin and ginger soup. Three sausages were served floating in a huge broth, alongside a frizbee-sized pretzel and sweet mustard (which even our mustard-hating companion enjoyed). The pumpkin attacked the senses at first sip, only for the ginger to delightfully linger on the tastebuds afterwards.

Our waitress then asked us if we’d like to wait for our main and, unfortunately, this was where we hit a stumbling block. Despite saying we didn’t want to wait, the mains turned up 20 minutes later. Who knows how long we’d have had to wait if we’d agreed to a break between courses.

But the enforced break wasn’t actually a bad idea, because our mains of beef roulade with cabbage and gnocchi potatoes and bread dumplings with dill sauce and noodles were so big and, again, so heavy, eating required more effort than running along the Corniche at the height of summer. And the dish tasted good enough that we were determined not to be beaten. The beef shredded apart with ease in the thick sauce and the cabbage was again, hearty with a hint of apple. The six dumplings were tasty but heavy going and half the portion would have served.

With plenty of food left on our plates, we ordered apple strudel with cinnamon ice cream and vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce for dessert. The ice-cream was almost drowning in the sweet berry sauce but was a refreshing respite. The fruit stuffed strudel was so big we almost took it home to build a wall with. Again, we had to wait a while for our desserts to arrive.

The lighting in Brauhaus is dim to say the least, and the air-con didn’t seem to be working during our visit, meaning by the time our puds did arrive we were lolling in our seats like a couple of dozy wasps. Now we know why they aren’t open at lunch: half of Abu Dhabi would be snoozing over their keyboards in the afternoon.

So do we recommend going? Absolutely. Just make sure you’ve not eaten for a week beforehand.

The bill (for two)
Pumpkin soup Dhs38
Bavarian sausage Dhs56
Bread dumplings Dhs65
Beef roulade Dhs90
Mash potato Dhs22
Apple strudel Dhs38
Ice cream with raspberries Dhs35
Total (excluding service) Dhs344

By Time Out staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 697 9011
  • Travel: Tourist Club Area
  • Website | Send mail

Is this your establishment? Want to update any details? Please send your updates here.

Brauhaus On The Map

User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Virginie Lapendry on 19 Apr ' 12 at 09:36
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Nice place for good German beer and pub like ambiance
Good points: German food and beer, pork dishes and outside area
When not to busy staff is really friendly
What I want to mention:
- Charge of 10Dhs for each order (Strongly recommend to open a tab to avoid multiple charges).
- Arrive early if you wish to sit down or book a table if coming in group.
Overall like the place and will go back

Posted by: Darren on 29 Jan ' 12 at 07:30
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We went to Brauhaus for a Saturday lunch and had a lovely time.

The staff are friendly and attentive and the food is just amazing, all washed down with some very nice German Ale.

I can't wait to go back!

Posted by: Alex on 24 Sep ' 11 at 18:08
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Brauhaus does a very good job of recreating a fairly authentic German atmosphere, serves very good to excellent food, and has, as the review notes, a good range of refreshing what-we're-supposed-to-call "hoppy beverages".

Given the paucity of such places in Abu Dhabi (and adding in the cook's expert treatment of a wide range of dishes made with, shall we say, non-halal meats), Brauhaus stands out in the capital's restaurant scene as a singularly successful import and a truly enjoyable place to spend some time. For quieter folks,the non-smoking dining room separate from the bar area is a real plus, as well.

Posted by: Ahmed on 04 Jun ' 09 at 13:55
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food, great portions , And if you wanna go out on Monday's dont miss Brauhaus and its Bavarian Night. great

Add your review/feedback

Your Rating (Min. 1 star, zero stars will be treated as unrated)
Yes No

Subscribe to weekender newsletter



Explore by

Our favourite features