If I could choose a place to bring first-time visitors to, it would not be Khao San Road or Chinatown, but the one and only Tawandang German Brewery. Now you probably think “a German restaurant??”. Si. But expect a lot of Thainess and fun, because this is not a typical restaurant where you sit, eat, drink and talk. No. This is a sit, eat, drink, dance, and more drinking kind of place. Welcome to Tawandang!
Tawandang German Brewery was the first restaurant to introduce the “East Meets West” concept to the dining and entertaining scene of Thailand. That’s right, it’s like a dinner show, but better. It’s not a place I go often to as it’s pretty pricey, but occasionally (2 to 4 times a year) you can find me here with my coworkers or friends. I’m feeling too old to go to disco and party, as well as I have a lovely soon-to-be husband who doesn’t want me to do crazy things (which I don’t do, honey!), but I can’t say no to an evening in Tawandang.
Like every other restaurant, Tawandang has many signature dishes with the pork knuckle as their most well known dish. This pork knuckle dish is deep fried to perfection to create a crispy exterior while retaining the juicy and tender meat inside. Their mashed potato and sauerkraut are to die for!
And like Pad Thai is known as Thailand’s signature dish, the sausages are associated with Germany. Order the mixed sausage plate too, it taste the best with their homemade beer!
I’m not a beer drinker, but Tawandang has the best beer in town! Their beer is made of high quality ingredients from Germany and it exist of three signature beers: lager, weizen and dunkel. The Lager beer is golden in colour with a mild taste and a pleasant aroma of hops. The Weizen beer, my favourite, is made of malted barley and aromatic hops with a lovely fruity fragrance and foamy texture. The Dunkel beer is also known as the ‘Black Beer’ because of its dark reddish brown colour. This beer taste sweet with a tantalising scent of roasted malt. I highly recommend the weizen beer and if you are with more than 2 people, order a Beer Tower!
At exactly 20.00hr, the show starts off with traditional Thai music, where people still walk in and catch up on each other. Around 21.00hr the restaurant is packed and the show starts with more than 50 shows with professional dancers and entertainers. The level of performances are pretty impressive if you think you pay a lot for a normal dinner show while in Tawandang you basically only pay for your food and drinks.
Every few weeks their repertoire changes and it’s always with sing-a-long music. Every Thai and foreigners are on their feet after 22.00hr, singing and dancing along between the tables. Sometimes you can catch yourself on the big screen and there’s a camera going around to catch the audiences from time to time. If you see foreigners here, it’s because they are living in Thailand and/or married to a Thai woman. You won’t see tourists coming here and that’s what I like about this place.
The waiting staff is also trained to entertain and will help you getting you on your feet. There’s a part in the show where the waiters are joining the entertainers with a dance routine. So cool to see random waiters dancing along and they all look genuinely like they are having fun. Don’t know what going on? Just dance/sing along and smile a lot. Everybody wants to dance with you eventually.
If it’s your birthday, don’t forget to bring along a cake. At 22.00hr and midnight, the waiting staff will come to your table with cake and a huge birthday sign. They make sure the birthday boy/girl feel special on that day. To treasure the memory, they will take a photo of your table and give it to you later on the night. Nice service!
Planning on going here in a weekend? Make sure to book in advance as it’s fully booked every weekend! If you haven’t book a table, you most likely will be seated at the bar. Not bad, but it’s hard to enjoy the show. And to sit in front of the stage is like an advance booking of 3 – 4 weeks!
If you have make a booking, make sure you arrive before 19.00hr, because after that time they will be giving away your table to walk-in customers.
How to get there: BTS Chong Nonsi. Grab a taxi from here as it’s not in walking distance from the BTS.