It was only recently that I realised I forgot to review Andy’s Krablergarten that is also highly recommended on Tripadvisor. My only hope is that it is still in operation after I publish my review! lol
To be upfront, Andy’s Krablergarten isn’t exactly in a convenient spot; it stood just beyond the edge of the central shopping district around Marienplatz, so it required a little bit of planning to make the trip to Andy’s more worth it.
For example, you can plan tour itinerary from Marienplatz to Sendlinger Tor, which also hosts another Christmas market (which gets very charming at night). It is also at the edge of the LGBT hangout, so you can also drop by the Pink Market (also a Christmas market, but with an LGBT zing) or gay-friendly stores in the area.
To avoid the dinner crowd, you can plan for an early dinner at Andy’s and then start exploring the area, since the Christmas markets are more charming at night.
I’ll skip the blah blah and go straight to the point: their schnitzels are HUMONGOUS. And they are not the NUS-Engineering-canteen’s-chicken-cutlet-humongous-but-thin humongous – they have thickness. I wanted to compare it with my head (the way I usually do when I want to tell people how big something was), but I decided against it, as there were 2 Korean ladies sitting at the next table and I don’t want them to think non-Korean guys are abnormal.
Now that we got the obvious out of the way, is the schnitzel good?
Of course it was good!
The cutlet was not oily, and pork was covered in fragrant breaded crumbs. I find the potato wedges a tad too heavy for the meal, considering how big the schnitzel was, but if you try to share the portion, they would make a good match, since one was deep-fried and the other was baked.
The schnitzel also come with salad to balance the heavy taste of the schnitzel. However, as I mentioned in my other posts, German salad tend to taste very raw and “muddy”, so we didn’t really touch the salad.
The restaurant, like most other eatery, functions much like a bräuhaus. In other words, they serve beer and gets crowded at night, which was the reason why I recommended eating at Andy’s Krablergarten if you want to avoid the crowd and if you are not really dying for beer. It was so peaceful in the day that it became enjoyable for us to relax and watch the life goes by outside of the restaurant!
The place was also a tad bit difficult to find. In fact, all I remembered was that it was that we went in and out of courtyards to look for the entrance, only to find it right by the roadside.
Is this place worth it? I think so. Especially if you want to take a break from the crowd that is at Marienplatz, you can pop by this quieter neighbourhood, for the Christmas markets and for this humongous schnitzel. It has a direct tram to Deutsches Museum too, which means you can drop by after a museum visit, have early dinner, before touring the Christmas markets in the area!
Bonus – Prince Regent’s Cake For Dessert!
If you’ve done some research on what to eat in Munich, Prince Regent’s cake, aka Prinzregententorte, would be on the to-eat list. And if you research further, you would find a recommendation for a cake shop touted to be the creator of the famous cake.
Yes, I had reviewed Prinzregententorte before, but it was at Arzmiller Cafe. The recommended cake shop here is Konditorei Erbshäuser, and to be frank, it is also not the easiest place to find.
When you exit from Odeonplatz U Bahn station, you are most likely facing the Christmas market (which stands on Odeonplatz itself, in case you are in Munich outside of Christmas season). Orientate yourself by looking for the San Francisco Coffee company (the Mercedes gallery is just at the road junction, but the cafe is more prominent, considering the crowd it attracts, and of course, the scent).
At the junction, walk away from the Christmas market and Residenz till you reach Suit Supply (just after MCM), then cross the road and enter the small street. Keep walking and at about the 2nd junction, you will see a prominent bakery called Backspielhaus. Konditorei is just after it. Yes, even though Konditorei has a long shopfront, N and I actually missed it and walked past Backspielhaus a few times (while noting that Konditorei was supposed to be just after Backspielhaus!).
The cafe was very unassuming – low profile if you’d like to call it, which contrasts with the reputation it had. There was only another group of customers when were visited, and sad to say, the display cases were sad because only a few incomplete cakes were on display. We assumed it was because we visited on Christmas eve.
The lack of display of cakes didn’t bother us much either, as we were there for the Prince Regent’s cake, and we had it!
Paired with a cup of piping hot black coffee, the cake brought us down memory lane with its chocolate that tasted like those we had as kids. As a crepe cake, it was fluffy and chewy at the same time, no thanks to the meticulously layered cake and cream. The hardened outer layer of chocolate also added a twist of crunchiness to the cake!
The cafe was very dimly lit, which gave a warm, cosy ambience you’d find in hotels. It was also well-heated, which made for a good break from the cold outside, especially if you had been touring the Christmas markets on foot from Marienplatz to Odeonplatz!
If you ask me, I think the hassle of walking to this cafe made up for the fun of eating the cake from its claimed creator. You must really make your own choice of whether to make the trip!
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