Werner's Oven

Werner's Oven
6 Upper East Coast Road
#01-03 Hacienda Grove

49 Joo Chiat Place


Hearty, Rustic German Cuisine

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 8
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $32 per person.


This quiet and unassuming German restaurant and bakery was started by Werner & Nancy Hochbaum in 1988, and was among the first German bakeries in Singapore. Now, over 20 years later, Werner's Oven is still serving up hearty portions of rustic, traditional, home-cooked German dishes.

Ambience at Werner's Oven fits with the homely cottage vibe. Decor is true and true German, with the German flag hung above the arch doorway, tongue-in-cheek wall paintings, comfortable and rustic looking furniture, and warm lighting. Werner's Oven feels like you've stepped into a countryside home, rather than a restaurant.

Service at Werner's Oven is friendly and welcoming. Food is prepared quickly, and served within a short time from ordering. Staff are able to accomodate small change requests, and are knowledgable about the menu. Plus point; Werner's Oven has no service charge.

Food portions at Werner's Oven are generous, and the ingredients used are of good quality. These come at a price though, as a meal at Werner's Oven will cost about SGD $25 + per person. But I must admit that dishes are generally tasty, packing rich and full flavours, with each bite a delight to savour. Truely special and excellent! Recipes are authentic, traditional German. The real highlight is their home-made bread, especially the sourdough, all of which are also available at their bakery.


Despite being rather plain-looking, the facade of the place hides some truely robust and tasty German dishes...

Werner's Oven Dining Area

German Decor

The selection of German beer is rather limited, but sufficient. Keeping such a focused beverage menu allows them to focus on the food.

Paulaner Original Munchner Dunkel Lager

Grunkohl Mit Rauchwurst Und Kassler, or Smoked Pork Loin And Smoked Pork Sausage With Green Kale (Grunkohl) And Sauteed Potatoes, is incredibly flavourful. The dish has an intense salty, smoky flavour and aroma, with firm yet juicy generous portions of pork loin and pork sausage. The kale was cooked and seasoned perfectly, such that it wasn't too wilted or bland, which takes some skill. The potatoes were very flavourful, one of the better sauteed potatoes I've had.

Grunkohl Mit Rauchwurst Und Kassler 01

Grunkohl Mit Rauchwurst Und Kassler 02

The Schweine Cordon Bleu With Sauerkraut is a breaded pork loin, stuffed liberally with sliced ham and gooey melted cheese. When cut, the cheese just oozes out. Lovely. The breaded pork loin tends to be slightly dry around the edges, but fortunately was juicy in the middle. The Sauerkraut was good, not too sour, with a nice bite and slight crunch.

Schweine Cordon Bleu With Sauerkraut 01

Schweine Cordon Bleu With Sauerkraut 02

Schweine Cordon Bleu With Sauerkraut 03


Update Jan-2014: Werner's Oven has shifted to 49 Joo Chiat Place since the beginning of 2014. Frankly, I think the ambience is much worse than the original, as the garish red, yellow, and brown hues make the place look more Chinese than German. Fortunately, the food is still as good as ever, and many people still visit for the tasty, freshly made bread.

Werner's Oven Dining Area New

The Rindsgoulash has tasty, thick slices of beef slow cooked Goulash style till the meat is tender, moist and fork tender. The red cabbage was soft, but still has a slight crunch to the bite, which was good, and the spatzle was nicely done and slightly buttery without being too starchy. My only complaint was the gravy was slightly overseasoned.