Sausages can get a little dry... but that's to individual taste
A little while ago, I was invited to Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant to experience their hospitality and to celebrate their 10th year anniversary with a launch of their new beer and food menu.
Held at the second floor of Brotzeit’s 313 Somerset Outlet, I felt like I found a hidden gem amidst the alfresco restaurants along the terrace! As you enter the place you are welcomed by warm and cosy setting, a delightful marriage of antique cut stones and the luxuries of modernity with a wonderful view of the Orchard shopping and working crowd. Perfect for people watching.
Since 2006 Brotzeit has carved a reputation for introducing authentic German beers, dishes and traditions to Singapore. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Brotzeit launched four draft beers from two German heritage breweries, Franziskaner and Löwenbräu, crafted since the 1360s and 1380s.
The first beer I tried was the Lowenbrau, the best Munich lager in the world – pretty much the Original Muncher Lager with a clear golden colour with a very refreshing taste. The beer had a clean, hoppy nose with a clear golden colour that paired very well with the appetizers and the sausages.
Next I tried the Hefe – Weissbier Franziskaner which is the No.1 Weissbier in Germany. A traditional beer from Munich. For those who love their wheat beer, I recommend trying this out. This cloudy beer has hints of banana and I love my fruity beers, so this is a must try! The taste of banana perks you and naturally goes well with the salads and greens.
It gets better. Much much better. Next Up, I had a taste (ok.. a little more than a taste) of Dunkel Hefe – Weissbier Franziskaner. A full bodied beer from Munich. It is a lovely chestnut-brown in colour, naturally cloudy and is made with roasted wheat malt. Exquisite taste and best paired with the meats.
Franziskaner Dunkel Hefe
Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier
Löwenbräu Original Münchner Lager
The Münchner Dunkel Lager Löwenbräu, a dark lager beer from Munich was next in line. With a taste of caramel it is sweet on the palate. But the amazing thing was that I enjoyed a different taste every time I took a sip. Each sip enhanced every bite of food I took. Eat. Sip. Eat. Sip. Repeat. Save the conversation for later and enjoy the taste experience.
It wasn’t all about the beer though. Brotzeit’s food menu offered a wide variety of mouth-watering starters. I had the white asparagus accompanied by a mousseline sauce and poached eggs as well as the zucchini carpaccio served with sundries tomatoes and a mozzarella strudel. They were exquisite.
The main courses consisted of fish and asparagus with potatoes and their famous much talked about German Roasted Pork Knuckle which was marinated with beer. The pork knuckle takes 48 hours of preparation to achieve the crispy skin and tender meat.
To ensure that the taste of the sausages is authentic, the spices used in production of sausages are blended in Germany, according to a recipe developed by the culinary team, and then crafted locally by a German butcher according to their specifications. Some of the sausages can be a little dry, but the sauces go a long way to bringing out the flavour.
Dessert lovers shouldn’t miss the Beer-Battered Apple Slices and the Windbeutel (choux-puff) with ice cream filling. Enough to satisfy your cravings and fill whatever room you have in your stomachs.
All the food served were fresh and the dishes had the warmth of home-made food. I was informed that the chefs take great care in selecting the best quality ingredients. The restaurant also caters for all tastes by providing a large selection of the best wines of the region as well.
I had a pleasant dining experience with food of the most exquisite flavours. Not being one for taking things at face value, I returned once more on a separate occasion on my own dime with a couple of friends for the Brotzeit Platter (pork knuckle and sausages) and I have to say, it was just as good as I remembered it.
I’m extremely hard pressed to find something that I didn’t like about Brotzeit and can see myself heading back for more. I highly recommend the Brotzeit plater for a group of 4 paired with the Hefe – Weissbier Franziskanr. Prost!