Mention German cuisine and I’ll instantly be inundated with images of Fräuleins holding mugs of beef and plates of sausages during Okotoberfest. I found there’s more to it at Brozeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant, which recently opened in Shangri-la Plaza. Brot meat “bread” while zeit means “time”, a traditional Bavarian expression for a snack accompanied by fresh beer. This is the 10th branch of this Singaporean franchise that serves Bavarian cuisine as well as Paulaner draft beer.
I’ve been to Brotzeit three times already, twice on my own and once where I was invited to attend their grand opening. So the pictures will be a mix of all the dishes I’ve tried.
Start off with some beer, Brotzeit serves different varieties of Paulaner draft beer. I don’t really drink alcohol but I tried and liked the Hefe Weissbier (P165/300ml), its cloudy and creamy with a hint of sweetness.
Sausage Platter (P980). The menu says its good for two but with 8 sausages, I’d say its more for 3 or 4. Spicy chicken, Nurnberger, Pork cheese, Garlic Pork and Weisswurst sausages make up the platter and is a good introduction to their line up. I give my vote to the spicy chicken, pork cheese and garlic pork sausages.
Spicy Beef Goulash Soup (P270). This soup seems unassuming but packs quite a punch of flavor.
The Bacon Spread (P270) was a disappointment for me. I was expecting crunchy or at least smoky pieces of meat to play a big part instead its mostly the onions that are the star in this one.
Cheese Spatzle (P580). Melted cheese on top of small bits of egg noodle. It’s taste resembles pasta so think of this as a sophisticated mac and cheese. This one is a pretty generous order that can be shared by 3 to 4 people.Loved this one and I’m thinking Irene will love it too being the cheese lover she is. Avoid ordering the side dish version sans the cheese though, it was tasteless.
Pork Knuckle (P1,280). The price might seem high but its a massive 1.2kg pork knuckle and served with potato salad and sauerkraut. The skin was super crispy and not oily at all since they bake this instead of deep frying. The letdown was that the meat was bland despite it still being juicy
If you want a more meaty dish, I’d highly recommend the Honey Bavarian Pork Ribs (P980). A massive serving of ribs with potato wedges and sauerkraut on the side. Slight sweet and smoky with a nice garlic taste. This one is easily our favorite dish. The potato wedges are also a surprise favorite of ours, seasoned with a proprietary spice mix that has us ordering extras.
The last time we were there, Lauren was with us so we ordered a Pork Escalope (P550), more commonly know as a Schnitzel. It’s a breaded piece of pork loin that a had a nice thin batter but was under seasoned and a bit bland.
We were nicely surprised when they gave us utensils and plates in colorful hues for Lauren.
I also got to try three desserts, Emperor’s Cake (P350), Apple Strudel (P2870) and Chocolate Cake (P270). The desserts were not memorable for me. The emperor’s cake and apple strudel were both very dry. I’m guessing you’d be too stuffed to even think about ordering dessert.
Brotzeit features a chic reinterpretation of the classic German beer bar. Simple but large and manly furniture with a nice mural on one side and the bar featuring the Paulaner taps on another.
Here are some of the other dishes I’ve tried. Crispy Chicken Salad, Salmon Fillet and Currywurst.
Prices at Brotzeit make look a bit high but once you see the big servings you’ll find them to be reasonable enough. I foresee being back at Brozeit since my family likes the ribs, potato wedges and of course the beers on tap.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant112 Street Level EDSA Shangri-la Mall, Mandaluyong City Telephone no.: 631-1489
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