Did you know that Kaiserhaus is Singapore’s only restaurant serving classic dishes from Central Europe? If you’ve been to Germany, Austria or Hungary and want to reminisce, you just might want to check out Kaiserhaus. And if you do so by 24 November, you’ll also get the opportunity to sample their Game menu dishes.
The game meat used at Kaiserhaus is sourced from sustainable free-ranging farms in Europe. These farms boast vast expanses of land, allowing the animals to forage on a natural diet, thus improving the quality and flavours of the meat. People who don’t like strong flavours tend to shy away from game meat, thinking game to be reeking of animal smell. Personally, the game dishes I tried at Kaiserhaus are not so exotic tasting that you need to steel yourself in advance. In fact, it is a good thing to have more flavourful meats, why would you want bland tasting food? (Can never understand people who say lamb tastes “lamby”, well don’t eat meat then?!)
Ungarische Entenleber (Linguine in lemon butter sauce with Hungarian duck liver, drizzled with a trifle of cranberry glace) $25
Doesn’t strike me as a game dish, but nevertheless a very good version of duck liver aka foie gras. I seldom come across duck liver served with pasta, but it was a very good idea to pair the 2 together as they complimented each other very well, with the tart and sweet cranberry glace helping to cut through the greasiness.
Venison Carpaccio (Thinly sliced venison loin with rocket and parmesan shavings) $25
If you want to know what meat tastes like unadulterated, go for it in carpaccio form. These were pretty tender as they were so finely sliced. There was a medley of flavours at play here, from the saltiness of the parmesan shavings, to the sweet and sour balsamic, to the bitter rocket leaves, all interplaying with the umami taste from the venison.
Wildragout (Game Stew – of deer shoulder served with dumplings and red cabbage) $32
If you want something with really strong flavours, go for the wildragout. Every mouthful of this rich stew that has been simmered for hours was extremely enjoyable. I am always very wary of German dumplings because many a time I’ve been served literally balls of dough, but these here had the consistency similar to soft bread, which was perfect for soaking up the stew.
Hirschsteak (Venison Steak loin wrapped with bacon served with schupfnudeln, apple red cabbage and caramelized chestnuts) $42
I’ve eaten venison a number of times and it tastes quite like beef, perhaps with a deeper flavour and a somewhat firmer texture. This version delivers even more flavour thanks to the savoury mushroom sauce and bacon. The schupfnudeln surprised me by being a noodle dumpling, when I thought I was eating a delicious potato instead.
Edelkastanie (Sweet Chestnut parfait with chocolate sprinkles and marinated balsamic cherries) $15
This almost as light as air parfait had to be savoured quickly or risk toppling over. The hint of chestnuts and nutmeg put us in a dreamy mood thinking of more temperate climes. If you want a cake with more body, you could try asking for the frozen version instead.
Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road, #02-06 and 03-06 Singapore 178907
Sundays to Thursdays – 10.30AM to 11PM
Fridays and Saturdays – 10.30AM to 12AM
Website : www.kaiserhaus.com.sg
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