Meine Damen und Herren, wir haben Bier!
Ah, sorry, wrong language. German beer and German food are close to my heart. Believe it or not, I may look Filipino, but growing up in Germany makes me half German by experience. I spent my childhood and early teenage years eating Sauerkraut and German sausages. You can imagine my excitement, then, at this new restaurant opening up basically next door to me! Brotzeit Philippines is the tenth branch in the world and is located at the Shangri-La Plaza. The other branches are located all over Asia in countries such as Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Thailand. The restaurant was started by Germans and Austrians living in Singapore who wanted to bring the Bavarian experience over to Asia. And I’m very glad they did. Brotzeit, if broken down gramatically means “bread” and “time” or breadtime. It’s a typical Bavarian saying that means snacktime. But with the slight difference that it’s accompanied with beer.
Willkommen = Welcome
The restaurant is well designed with wooden furniture that is reminiscent of the traditional German beer halls. It also sports an outdoor dining area where one can have beer and sausage with friends and family. The right side of the wall is decorated with some beer bottles, while the left side of the restaurant wall is decorated with a mural of some sorts. It depicts the process of beer making.
Let’s sing '99 bottles of beer on the wall'
How to create beer the Bavarian way
The first thing I did was to look at the available German beers they had. There were several options of draft beers in the menu and it was hard to decide. All the beer is imported from Germany and is transported in kegs before it’s served out to customers. I finally set my heart on an Original Müncher Lager (P200 regular/P165 happy hour) which is brewed by Paulaner brewery in Munich, Germany. All the beers served at this restaurant are brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516. So it’s 100% natural and made with pure spring water. My drink had 4.9% alcohol content with an Original Gravity of 11.5°. So what does that mean? The higher the gravity number, the higher the resulting alcohol content in the finished product. When the drink was delivered to the table my eyes started brimming with tears. I can finally have my German beer and say Prost! [Cheers!]
This beer is served at Oktoberfest in Germany!
The beer tap
With beer in hand, I decided to try out the first dish, the Backhendlsalat/Crispy Chicken Salad (P295 small/P495 regular). This salad is a mixed salad with crispy chicken fillet on top, and underneath it potato salad, tomatoes, some sweet corn, cucumbers, and pumpkin seed oil tossed with house dressing. It’s quite large and filling and I suggest you share this with someone (preferrably someone with a large appetite).
Backhendlsalat: quite filling!
The second dish I absolutely had to try out was a sausage dish. For me, German cuisine is not complete without having sausages. Brotzeit has several exquisite choices for sausages, and I chose to have the Nürnberger/Grilled Pork Sausages (P470). It is pork bratwurst sausages and served with mashed potatoes and the famous sauerkraut. The taste is authentic, and it is so because the spices to make this are imported from Germany, and is quality checked for taste by the chefs of Brotzeit. It is definitely something to try out when you visit.
Beer and Nürnberger Sausages
Nürnberger served with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes
The next dish that was delivered to the table was the Gulaschsuppe/Goulash Soup (P270). This soup is a bit spicy and filled with tender beef cubes. It also comes served with fresh bread to dip into the soup. This dish was traditionally cooked over an open fire and the beef slowly simmered, so that it would become tender. Today, it’s a must try at Brotzeit and a staple German soup.
Bread and spicy Goulash Soup
My absolute favorite dish of the night (besides the sausages) and a definite must try if you visit Brotzeit is the Kasespatzle/Cheese Spatzle (P580). It’s a Bavarian homemade Spatzle with assorted melted cheeses and a topping of crispy onion rings. You could say that this is the Bavarian version of the Mac and Cheese. It’s a delicious cheesy adventure and your taste buds will thank you for it. I personally think it goes great with the sausages.
Crispy onion rings on top
And what is dinner without dessert, right? I don’t usually crave for sweets, but tonight was special; it’s not every day I get to revisit my childhood. I decided to try out their version of the Schokokuchen/Chocolate cake (P270) and the Apfelstrudel/Apple strudel (P280). The Schokokuchen is served warm with vanilla ice cream. The outside of the cake is soft but firm, while the inside is filled with creamy chocolate. The Apple strudel is also served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and is a cinnamon delight (do note that the apple strudel contains alcohol). Both desserts are also lightly covered with powdered sugar.
Brotzeit is definitely what it advertises to be--it’s an authentic Bavarian experience with the food and beer to back up its claims. If you’re like me and you miss authentic German food, then this is the place to visit and have that sausage and beer. But if you’re just craving for good food and beer, then this is the place for you too, since you wouldn’t have to go far to get that real Bavarian experience. No need to travel and leave the country, you can visit Brotzeit Manila instead. Enjoy, and Prost!