From a Bavarian expression where “brot” and “zeit” means bread and time respectively, Brotzeit is one of the few German restaurants we have offering authentic Bavarian cuisine and German beer.
Brotzeit is a Singaporean-owned restaurant that started in 1996. Aside from promoting the traditional German way of having snacks or small meal consisting of bread and good beer, Brotzeit gives celebratory highlight to an important German custom that is popularly known as Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is a beer festival annually held in Munich, Germany. Through the years, different countries from all over the world had joined and adapted this classic and fun event.
With a very modern vibe, Brotzeit is a neat and casual place consisting of long wooden tables and benches. But during the annual celebration of Oktoberfest, it is adorned with banderitas and checkered table cloth, even at the al fresco area. Staff wore traditional German costume of lederhosen and dirndl. All these gave us a closer feel of how Oktoberfest is like.
Festivities began at 7PM. A mini stage was set up where a guest band performed. And yes, there was more! Exciting games and cool prizes made the night even more interesting and interactive as if everyone knew one another. Games included The Builder and The Server. For The Builder game, contestants aimed to build the tallest tower made of Jägermeister bottles. To hold huge mugs filled with beer for the longest time was what The Server game was all about.
On the Table
Oktoberfest Platter (PHP2950)
As its name implies, the carnivore spoiler Oktobersfest platter, which only gets to be served during this special celebration, puts in an appetite-seducing arrangement the following: crispy oven-roasted pork knuckles, an extensive selection of Brotzeit’s best sausages and honey Bavarian pork ribs. Two side dishes also came with it.
Trying this platter really made our Oktoberfest celebration special. The crispy skin of the roasted pork knuckles covered the soft flesh of meat.
I find the sausages tasty with a flavor that entices you to get countless bites. The honey pork ribs really had that fall-off-the-bone tenderness. For the side dishes, we had mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The platter can be shared with a group of six people.
Other dishes that you can opt to try are as follows:
A beer battered fish fillet with potato wedges.
Veal schnitzel served with mushroom sauce.
Flank steak with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables.
Gebratenes Huhnchen (P490)
Roasted Half Chicken with choice of two side dishes.
Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier (PHP138)
I’m not really a beer drinker but our group was able to try Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier, also specially brewed by Brotzeit during the Oktoberfest season. With 5.8% alcohol, this deep gold colored drink really complemented the Oktoberfest platter that we had.
Brotzeit made us feel what the German festival that is Oktoberfest is like. As the night gets deeper, everybody seemed to be merrier! The efforts the staff had put in every little detail were highly commendable. It was indeed a splendid celebration of good food and classic tradition.
If you want to experience the same Oktoberfest fun that we had, come visit them on October 10, 2015 (Shangri-la Plaza) and October 23, 2015 (Glorietta 4). Thank you Brotzeit for generously having us. Prost!
Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
Operating Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11AM-1AM, Fri-Sat: 11AM-2AM, Sun: 11AM-12MN
Address: Streetscape, Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong City
Contact Nos.: (02) 631 1489
Disclosure: This particular visit is courtesy of Brotzeit. Nevertheless, I wrote this article with my own insights influenced by my personal experience.