Restaurant Spotlight: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & RestaurantOctober 7, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For dessert, Chef Ivan served us the Schokokuchen (Molten Chocolate Cake), which came with Stracciatella ice cream and thinly-sliced almonds.
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
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