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Review: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant

>> Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Overall comment: Pork + beer...it needs no introduction nor elaboration :P
Halal: No

See this? Are you salivating already? Or are you wondering what this really is? Of course it's none other than the signature crispy skin pork knuckle!

Brotzeit is no stranger to pork & German beer lovers. The name Brotzeit actually stands for Brot - bread & Zeit - time i.e. translated to a cosy meal accompanied by fresh, refreshing beer. Brotzeit offers an array of authentic German cuisine in a contemporary setting. They serve soups, salads, sausages, main courses & desserts as well.

I was at the Bangsar Shopping Center branch that day where I got to try an array of porkilicious dishes, specially crafted by the chefs at Brotzeit.

The entire restaurant was designed with murals showing the history & development of the German beer culture. There's ample seats for all customers, inside & outside the restaurant, catering to patrons from all walks of life.

We were firstly introduced to their bar bites, then their breakfast menu, followed by some of their best sellers. Let me tempt you with the dishes that we tasted :P

Bar bites: Mini Brotzeit Platter (RM35.00/serving)
Ideal as a sharing portion for 2 persons, this combo platter of Gouda & Ementhal Cheeses, cold cut cuts of belly bacon and honey baked ham plus 3 spreads i.e. bacon, cream cheese and pork liver pate, topped with some pickles and olives, is a perfect starter of even snack for those who love their cheeses & meats, but do not want something cloying/filling. Yums!  

Bar bites: Pigs In Blanket (RM20.00/serving)
The Germans are well-known for their sausages. In this 'snack plate', you'll get 2 pork cheese sausages wrapped in gypsy belly bacon that are seared to perfection & served with spicy wedges. Feels like a nostalgic childhood dish :P

Bar bites: Spicy Chicken Sausage (RM17.00/serving)
This was quite spicy. The spicy chicken sausages are sliced then sauteed with onions and peppers in a spicy chilli/tomato marinade. It's a fiery snack! :P

 Breakfast menu: Brotzeit Signature Breakfast (RM32.50/serving) - comes with a cup of tea/coffee
A sumptuous breakfast indeed! You'll get a classic combination of a hot & cold platter consisting of 2 farm fresh sunny-side-up fried eggs, 2 strips of streaky bacon & 2 Nuremberger sausages on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes + 2 open sliders of honey baked ham, belly bacon, emmenthal and cream cheese on slices of multi-corn bread. This breakfast set is topped with crispy streaks of fried onions & is available daily until 3:00p.m.

Breakfast menu: Hangover Breakfast (RM30.50/serving) - top up RM5.50 for a short glass or Radler
Not sure if it's a good breakfast after a hangover or a good breakfast for a hangover...hahaha. This simple yet delicious breakfast is so hearty that I think I could get a 'hangover' due to the combination of items on the dish itself: 1 farm fresh sunny-side-up fried egg, 2 strips of gypsy belly bacon, smoked salmon, & a bowl of beef goulash soup with a laugen bread roll. I must say that the goulash was really tasty & flavorful. This set is only available on Sundays & public holidays until 3:00p.m.

No porky meal will be complete without some refreshing drinks, Here are some that we sampled:

Non-alcoholic pineapple  mojito (or something along these lines)
This is a full-on "Hawaii-feel" drink! Take me to a beach-side holiday! :P

From right to left: Dunkel Hefe-Weissbier, Hefe-Weissbier, Original Munchner Urtyp, Original Munchner Dunkel
 Different types of beer/lager will pair better with different meats. I actually prefer the Munchner Dunkel, a dark lager with a ruby-brown color & unmistakable hearty malt taste. This lager is best paired with hearty meat dishes especially lamb & roasted meats. No wonder I prefer this lager, eh? Pairs with lamb! If you prefer something more 'fruity', the Hefe-Weissbier will be your pick. These were my 2 favorites :)

Now back to the food. We sampled 2 lunch specials that day, which were really unique.

Lunch special: Gypsy Belly Bacon Carbonara (RM17.50/serving) 
This isn't your usual creamy carbonara. Egg noodles are actually 'sifted' (liquid form) through some grater-like kitchen tool into the pot of boiling water to make these hand-made German egg noodles. After which, it's cooked with some cream & grated cheese plus aromatic pork belly bacon. Give this light-version of carbonara a try. The German egg noodles will be a good experience for your tastebud since the texture is very unique.

Lunch special: Pork Chili con Carne with German Egg Noodles (RM16.00/serving)
The difference with this dish is the pork chili con carne. I personally prefer this to the carbonara version, probably because I like tomato-based dishes.This version had a 'zing' & a hearty-touch. Oh, wait...this has minced pork, which has more 'bite'! Ah...so yummeh...
You can also top up RM5.00 for a cup of soup, RM7.00 for a serving of salad or RM5.00 for a cup of tea/coffee/chilled juice to complete your meal. With every add-on of either the soup or salad, diners will get a complimentary dessert of the day as well!

Eat, drink, eat, drink...it's gotta be a good weekend!

AP with his pint of mango juice infused beer. Very refreshing, fruity & fragrant.

 Just a little...haha...

After all the food above, we were quite satisfied, but up next was the core menu!

Core menu: Crispy Chicken Salad (RM44.50/large serving, RM30.50/regular serving)
Bursting in a variety of colors, textures & taste this salad is something not to be missed. It's a balanced meal on its own as the salad is served with crispy chicken strips on a bed of salad greens with potato salad, drizzled with house dressing and garnished with sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumber and semi dried tomatoes. So refreshing!

Core menu: Signature Pork Knuckle (RM99.00/serving)
This was the star of the day! Crispy on the outside, tender & juicy on the inside....need I say more? :D

A German classic :) 

Chef Christian & Chef Jason with their signature dish 

Mountain Fresh Juices to conclude the tasting session

Dessert: Sweet & Savoury Duo (RM29.00/serving)
To end our tasting session with more pork (yes, more pork!), we sampled the dark chocolate coated bacon served with cream, sweet & sourish strawberries, kiwi & refreshing mint leaves. Certainly an innovative dessert that completed our tasting session perfectly.

For a porkilicious meal with fresh beer, Brotzeit won't disappoint you. I'm sure many would agree with me :)

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) 
Lot G 130, Ground Floor,
Bangsar Shopping Centre,
285, Jalan Maarof, Bukit Bandaraya,
59000 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2282 9516/7 
URL: http://www.brotzeit.co/outlet/malaysia
FB: Brotzeit Bier Bar & Restaurant Malaysia
Other branches: Mid Valley & Sunway Pyramid

Beer + pork = perfection,


Henry Lee August 7, 2015 at 2:54 AM  

oh yeah... i absolutely love this place especially their beers.... and food as well of course. Haha

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