Some 20-odd years ago Werner Hochbaum opened the first German bakery on the island. Today he is still baking German and European breads and pastries, and he also has a restaurant just next door that dishes out delicious German/Western food.
The a la carte menu offers its signature homemade sausages, German specials such as pork knuckles, schnitzel and pot roast—mostly served with sauerkraut and potatoes—and generic Western dishes like burgers and an excellent ox tail. The kassler (pork chops) and farmer’s sausage are hearty and tasty, and you won’t be leaving your greens on your place because the green kale, which is cooked with bacon bits and available as a side, is just plain yummy. All this stick-to-your-ribs fare requires German beer of course, and Werner’s has a small but good selection.
Werner and his family all help in the restaurant and cheerily say “hi” as they bustle around. Their adorable four-year-old granddaughter is the best hostess, and works the floor like a pro. This is a friendly neighborhood fixture you can come to anytime and be assured of great food, good beer and a warm welcome.
Werner’s Oven has moved to 49 Joo Chiat Place.