Went to the recently opened Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant at Shangri-la Plaza Mall. One fun night of countless glasses of draft beer and a nice introduction for Bavarian cuisine. The name of the restaurant is a Bavarian expression meaning bread time; a small meal or snack always enjoyed with beer. Schweinshaxn — Who doesn’t love pork knuckles? Huge crispy hind of pork; crispy, fatty, meaty, and sinful. The simplest of flavors, natural pork goodness with a nice crunch. First order of business, try some German Draft Beers!
Started with their Hefe-Weissbier a rather sweet brew of beer with notes resembling of a banana, the hint of fruity flavor would appeal to anyone.
I also tried their Orginal Munchner Dunkel Lager which has a more pronounced malt flavor, a bit bitter with notes of caramel and a slightly sweet after taste. This is a nice introduction to Bavarian Cuisine for me, started the feast with some appetizers and the ubiquitous German breads.
Spicy beef goulash soup.
A nice bowl of beef goulash soup for starters, of rich flavor and comforting broth, I got this nice hint of spiciness that’s just enough to titillate the taste buds. Got another spoonful and got the meaty bits, tender beef pieces and there’s potatoes too, starchy and infused with the flavor of the soup base.
Rustic Bavarian spread made out of crunchy bacon, apples and onions served with a selection of German breads.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of bacon, so I had high hopes for their Griebenschmalz / Bacon Spread unfortunately though, it fell a bit short of my expectations, the spread base is creamy and had this nice subtle sweet flavor, honestly I was hoping for more crunchy bacon bits and the meaty flavor and awesomeness of bacon wasn’t highlighted as much as I wanted it to be. It’s alright, I might be just being overcritical because it’s bacon. 😀
Mixed salad with crispy chicken fillet, potato salad, semi-dried tomatoes, sweet corn, cucumbers, and pumpkin seed oil tossed with house dressing.
A decent salad with the chicken fillet bits giving a nice tinge of crunch, then you hit the mesclun of greens and the potato salad that’s very nice, light flavors and varying texture.
Spicy chicken sausages with potato salad and sauerkraut.
Tender chicken sausages that packs a nice hint of spice, it’s really simple in flavor, quite herb-y – simple, spicy, good. This really goes well with the beer as malt beers tend to reduce the heat of spicy food.
Pork curry sausage with chili-curry sauce and potato wedges.
Big pork sausage tender, meaty that’s enveloped with a chili curry sauce giving a nice kick, spiciness to wake up the palate. The potato wedges was nice too, a bit crunchy on the outside and soft as you bite into it. And with the malt beer doing it’s magic with the spiciness of the sausages we got, it really makes for a good beer mate.
Crispy hind shank of grain fed pork served with potato salad, sauerkraut and homemade sauce on the side.
Being the shameless meat lover that I am, a visit at brotzeit wouldn’t be complete without their Schweinshaxn / Pork Knuckle oh enormous hind shank of pork, all the meaty goodness, the outer bits was really crispy and as you bite into it the fatty bits was just lovely crispy like chicharon (fried pork rind). Simple, natural pork flavors highlighted with their signature sauce. What’s awesome is they did not use even a drop of oil for cooking this huge chunk of meat, it’s cooked in it’s natural fatty glory, giving it a more natural meaty flavor.
Bavarian homemade Spatzle with assorted melted cheeses and crisp onion rings.
Their Kasespatzle / Cheese Spatzle was the highlight of our dinner. Though I was a bit snob with it at first this being a vegetarian dish, I fell in love with it’s glorious cheesy goodness, a bed of warm assorted melted cheeses and some nokedli that is soft egg noodles with the slight chewiness to it that I really like, then you hit the onion rings that’s crispy giving this wonderful contrast in texture.
Salmon fillet on a sauteed spinach and balscamic glaze served with parsley potatoes.
Their salmon fillet was quite nice too, succulent piece of salmon with some nice grill marks with the outer bits a bit crispy then you bite into it and you’ll love the flavorful and tender fillet of fish. For our sweet endings, we also tried a bunch of items from their Nachspeisnen menu (desserts)
Shredded pancake with rum and raisins served with plum sauce.
A very simple and yummy sweet tooth treat, fluffy pancake pieces with raisins the slightest bit of kick from the rum dusted with some confectionery sugar, hit it with the plum sauce that’s sweet and tart, provides a good balance for flavor.
Apple strudel served with vanilla ice cream.
Traditional apple strudel filled with apple bits that’s a bit crisp and tart then you get faint notes from the cinnamon and some other sweet stuff, then you hit it with the vanilla ice cream that’s cold and comforting.
A lava cake yet again, oh warm chocolate cake and then you hit the filling with its warm chocolate gooey goodness then you hit the ice cream that’s cold and comforting, and then there’s some almond bits for that nice hint of crispy, varying flavor, texture and temperature, simple and good. Their stracciatella ice cream is more on the chocolate-y side. We had a fun night at Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant, a fun night filled with beer and a nice introduction to Bavarian food. Love the place, spacious with the traditional wooden bar tops and a nice al fresco dining area.
VERDICT: Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant serves good draft beers and some nice Bavarian food, service was so-so but that’s really forgivable since this is a fairly new concept. Will be back to try some other stuff, heard their Garlic Pork sausage is good, and more of that Cheese Spatzle that I really like.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Prices are a bit steep, but if you’re willing to splurge for some good time over beer and good food, then you should try this place.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant
Shangri-la Plaza Mall
Unit 112, Street Level