Hearty, Teutonic fare at Germany Town
By Jasmine Translated by Ann Lee
Photos by Tracy Du
35, ShanXi Rd; (04) 2292-7698
Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm
kitchen open: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-8:30 pm (closed Mondays, but open 1/19, 2009). Open daily throughout Chinese New Year except 1/25-29, 2009.
No service charge. Parking available (1-hour free parking per NT$600 spent, maximum 2-hour free parking).
Located along a quiet alley, this establishment offers delectable German-style meals with simple but classy ambiance, and friendly, welcoming service. This, combined with fresh ingredients and affordable prices, makes Germany Town a pleasant discovery among diners looking for something different.
One of the most popular dishes here is the Crispy German-Style Pig Knuckles (NT$490). When you rip off a piece of the crispy, deep-fried skin for a nibble, you'll find the texture and flavor refreshingly tasty, like a piece of crunchy lettuce. Cut open the meat underneath to further enjoy some sweet, juicy textures. Because this entree takes about 40 minutes to roast in the oven, the restaurant suggests diners to call in their orders in advance.
Another well-liked dish here is the handmade German-Style Lamb Sausages, made with carefully-selected lean meat that not only offers a juiciness but also a mouthful of multi-layered flavors and textures when combined with other special spices and sauces. There are nine different sausages on the menu ideal for any palate, from sausage filled with rich, creamy cheese to Bratwurst (pork) sausages.
All main courses at Germany Town are served as set meals and come with soup of the day, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. If you want even more, a number of side dishes, starting around NT$100, can be tacked on to your meal. If you have a hard time choosing what you want from the menu, it's hard to go wrong with the Assorted Roast Combo (NT$390), which comes with a generous portion of crispy chicken, beef short ribs, Bockwurst sausage and bacon. This wonderful carnivorous selection allows you to savor all kinds of roasted meat flavors in one go.
During weekdays, try Germany Town's Smiley Business Lunch Set (NT$190), which includes several popular choices, such as the Smoked Sausage with Fruit & Vegetables Salad, well-liked by the ladies. Most popular with the men is the German-Style Grilled Sausage with Grain Rice. These lunches also come with soup, multi-grain breads and a beverage, which should be enough to keep you going for the rest of the afternoon.
Of course, German food fans also probably won't want to pass up the King Ludwig Beer (NT$220), a wheat beer with a unique fruity flavor that helps round out another hearty repast at Germany Town.