Restaurant Spotlight: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

October 7, 2018

Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant is a Singaporean franchise that has finally made its way to the Philippines. At Shangrila Mall, it stands amongst a throng of other culinary contenders. This is actually Brotzeit’s 10th international branch, with plans for further expansion up its sleeve.

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Brotzeit literally means “Bread Time” in German. It’s a phrase they use in much the same way we do “Let’s eat!” or  “Kain na!” in our local vernacular.

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Lit with dimmed lights and furnished with distinctive wooden benches, Brotzeit’s seats are spaced evenly, ensuring customers won’t bump into each other “accidentally” once they’ve had more than their regular fill of Brotzeit’s extensive selection of beers.

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They are quite picky with which beers they deem worthy of their selection. Apart from their draft brews, Brotzeit only carries bottled beers made according to the German Purity Law of 1516. All are imported from Germany and prepared from nothing but pure spring water.

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We asked Brotzeit’s culinary director, Chef Ivan Maminta, to give us an introduction to German and Bavarian cuisine. He recommended the following bestselling dishes from Brotzeit’s menu.

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Backhendlsalat / Crispy Chicken Salad (S – PHP 295; R – PHP 495)

The Backhendlsalat consists of a bed of mixed salad greens tossed in their tangy house dressing and nutty pumpkin seed oil, then topped with crispy chicken fillets. Dig deeper and you’ll be greeted by a dollop of creamy potato salad, slivers of semi-dried tomatoes, sweet corn, and cucumber.

Affensaft and Radler (0.3 ltr – PHP 175; 0.5 ltr – PHP 265)

Beer mixes are another customer favorite from Brotzeit’s menu. Their most popular ones are the Affensaft, which is Weissbeir with banana syrup or mango juice, and the Radler, an original Münchner Lager combined with lemonade.

Würstelplatte / Sausage Platter (PHP 980; good for 2)

If you’re having a difficult time choose which wieners to order (they have a lot), the Würstelplatte might help you out. It’s large platter filled with garlic pork sausages, pork cheese sausages, spicy chicken sausages, Nümberger sausages, and Weisswurst, it’s also accompanied by sauerkraut and fried onions on the side.

Schweinshaxn / Pork Knuckle (PHP 1,280)

If you see this on the Brotzeit menu, it’s emphasized that this only available “while stocks last”. This Pork Knuckle is made from the crispy hind shank of a grain-fed piggy that’s served with sauerkraut, potato salad, and a homemade sauce that’s made from the drippings. Chef Ivan tells us that though this dish might resemble Crispy Pata, it is not recommended that you dip this in soy sauce and vinegar. He also tells us that the knuckle is cooked in its own oil, ergo the bubbly crackling skin, to keep the meat inside moist and tender.

Brotzeit Fladen Spinat / Spinach Pizza (PHP 600)

Germans love pizza, too. And Brotzeit’s pizzas are all prepared with their homemade thin rye crust. This Spinach Pizza that’s vegetarian-safe is laden with tomato sauce, mozzarella, baby spinach, feta cheese, vine-ripened tomatoes, onions, garlic, and mushrooms.

Schupfnuldeln / Bavarian Potato Dumplings and Spinach (PHP 490)

Another vegetarian dish on the menu is the Schnupfnuldeln (but when you order it, you’ll say Bavarian Potato Dumplings and Spinach). This is managing director Malvin Ang’s personal recommendation. He tells us that if you eat those doughy gnocchi-like things on their own, and you might get the wrong impression, but when mixed with the fresh baby spinach, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, German hard cheese shavings, and balsamic glace it comes with, you’ll understand why this dish always wins the hearts of Brotzeit’s customers in the end.

Schokokuchen / Chocolate Cake (PHP 270)

For dessert, Chef Ivan served us the Schokokuchen (Molten Chocolate Cake), which came with Stracciatella ice cream and thinly-sliced almonds.

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Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
Level 1 Shangrila Mall
Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong City
(02) 631 14 89
Store Hours: Everyday from 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Follow Brotzeit on Facebook and Twitter

Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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17 responses to “Restaurant Spotlight: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant”

  1. Nico Goco says:

    Oktober is coming… time to brush up on Ein Prosit! 🙂 and paulaner on tap! drool…

  2. Mandingo says:

    The sausages from Brotzeit are really good! But they’re just too expensive for me. Guess that means beer is the only thing I can buy there.

  3. Katrina says:

    Really intrigued by Brotzeit, but damn, that’s some expensive sausage! Almost 1K for that platter? I can get two platters of really good sausage from Poco Deli at that price already.

  4. Drea Perez says:

    Nice and fair review, but as a German-blooded citizen, I find your use of “Hitler” and “Heil, mein Führer” mildly offensive. Please don’t use words and imagery of a bloody past to inject humor into your posts. This is a professional website; you don’t need uneducated stereotypes and clichés to sound creative.

    • trolololol says:

      wow ease up, no need to be a nazi about it.

      • Oh no you didn't says:

        Hate to be a buzzkill, but Drea’s right. It’s not funny at all. Perhaps the people at pepper.ph were just trying to be funny, but this is a matter that should not be taken lightly. It’s either you’re just plain insensitive or you forgot your history. It was a holocaust, and a lot of people died because of the Nazis. To the people at pepper.ph and to the troll: When writing try not to offend other peoples sensibilities.

      • Drea Perez says:

        Please stop using such words. It was, is, and never will be funny.

  5. shame on you! says:

    I’m German n I really find it deeply inappropriate that you call yourself Hitler. You should learn some History before tryin to be funny… u could offend people n I feel offended by this. THIS IS NOT FUNNY! Better change this because this leads people to think Hitler is funny n it leaves a bad touch for Germans! WE would NEVER do this! You really must be kidding doing that… Cut that out… it’s better for everyone!

  6. Hans Eichel says:

    I, too, am German, and while I find the humor may be in poor taste, I do not find it offensive at all. The words have gone to reflect far more than just the history of the reich. and indeed have come into the language of everyday use. They are no longer exclusively of das Vaterland.

    We must never forget our history, but perhaps humor will let us see that dark as the times were, we can move past it. No disrespect Freunde. Danke

  7. Mikka, I’m dissapointed that you censored the last paragraph. If you allow yourself to curb your expression for the sake of appeasing some self-righteous readers, you run the risk of compromising your integrity as a writer.

    Somewhere in the world, vegans *cough, PETA* and Muslims might be up at arms at this promotion of a restaurant that serves pork. Perhaps you should censor the whole article for their sakes, yes?

  8. zone says:

    To the censorship of this blog post all I could think of was this right away… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9ZbKbtMmnk

  9. ABS says:

    we have freedom of speech in the Philippines!

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