Monday, January 5, 2015

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant: Where You Can Say Frohe Feiertage Everyday

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Frohes Neues Jahr is German for Happy New Year. Since we are now featuring a German restaurant in our blog today, I will try to insert a few German language in this blog post! Joke! All I know is "Ein frohes Weihnachtsfest und alles gute im neuen Jahr!", which means "We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!" or maybe say "Frohe Feiertage" which is grammatically correct but some would say "Frohes Fest!" instead. Regardless, it's a lot safer if I stick with English in greeting everyone a wonderful new year ahead this 2015.

A friend of mine called me up one night and invited me to join him in dining at one of the German restaurants in the Metro, specifically the one located at EDSA Shangri-La Mall. I was actually in the middle of an event that night but since I was so eager in trying out that restaurant, I accepted his invitation. I quickly asked my correspondent (who was fortunately also there covering the event) if she could cover the even on her own. I believe I was meant to taste the German specialty dishes that night because she immediately agreed without any hesitation.

So your friendly-neighborhood Pambansang Blogger ng Pilipinas quickly took off from the event happening in Makati somewhere at the Magallanes area and hurriedly took the MRT ride to reach the Shaw Boulevard station. Just a short walk from the station and I was already there at the Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant.

The MRT was still the fastest ride in the Metro since I arrived at the restaurant ahead of my friend. It was just a few minutes difference but he came all the way from his Quezon City residence.

There we met with the owner and the head chef who explained to us the dishes they will be serving that night.My friend, being a foodie blogger himself, couldn't wait to get his hands on the dishes as they one-by-one came out from the kitchen. He was not really very fond of taking so many photos of the food while I take a lot of time capturing the many possible good angles so I can choose later which ones I will be using.

What was awe-mazing at Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant is the terribly hard to pronounce names of the dishes. I feel so uncomfortable ordering for dishes I couldn't even say right. Not too many Filipinos know how to speak the German language so it was quite educational for me to learn some even with regards to their dishes. Lol.

The fun part is asking the restaurant crew serving our food how to properly pronounce them, and even though I was having difficulty to spell them as well, it was comical having them as a tongue-twister. The solution: Just take photos of the menu so I can capture the correct spelling and practice to speak them later.

A German bar and restaurant is never complete without the beer and other alcoholic drinks so expect several choices of liquor that would go perfectly well with your authentic German dishes.

The restaurant can accommodate a big crowd and quite popular as a hang-out where you can watch the latest sports program especially the live telecasts from international cable TV channels. Many customers frequent the place and keep coming back for more once they experience the dining pleasure. You may chance upon the friendly owner himself and have a drink or two with him.

The bar is wide and comfy enough to seat a good number of people who wants close proximity to the beers and the LED TV.

Being a food blogger, I would always fall for the terrible consequence of having to eat cold food, but since I was there because of an invitation from a friend, and was not really obligated to blog about this restaurant dining experience, I let him quickly indulge on the dishes while I took just a few photos for my personal collection.

This dinner actually happened several months ago but I was only able to blog about it right now because my friend requested that I delay my blog about Brotzeit so he could blog about it first. Since I was just there due to his invitation, I readily obliged. I am so busy with other articles as well. Obviously, it really took me awhile before I could finally release this story.

So after a long time in my external hard drive, I'm finally sharing the dining experience at Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant.

Incidentally, I was at the Glorietta Mall in Makati yesterday and saw a sign that says they will be opening another branch there soon this coming January 8, 2014. Well, congratulations! I'm not really sure if its owned by teh same people or just a franchise but still that good news for those fans of the restaurant and its dishes.

Rindsragout (Php 490)
Among their menu spezialkoch that's part of the German comfort food is the Rindsragout  - Beef Stew in vegetable sauce with spaetzle, apricot and cranberry.

Spaetzle is a traditional German dumpling or noodle that's boiled in water or broth then pan fried in butter and served as a side dish. This is a already a complete meal with the noodles as an alternative for our common staple rice.

Kraftfleisch (Php 590)
Kraftfleisch is in-house cured corned beef with baby potatoes and garlic sausage. You'll see everything floating in a pan where you can get them and put them on your plates for easier consumption. Though a little less tasty, they say it goes really well with beer.
Lachs Blumenthal (Php 590)
 Lachs Blumenthal is butter poached fillet of salmon with crushed potatoes and Bois Boudrin sauce. I adored this one for its delectable flavor. Squeeze the lemon on top to add a more tingling taste to the salmon. Though it's somewhat a little serving for me, this is where minimalism is perfectly established having "less is more" focused on this particular dish.

Hunh Eintapf (Php 350)
We had two of the Hunh Eintapf. Well, we ate only one and my friend took home the other one since he loved it so much. Hunh Eintapf is Chicken Pot Pie that contains chicken with beer-infused sauce, carrots and onions. I also enjoyed the dish a lot more compared to the rest of the dishes served to us, probably because it was so interesting and fascinating to eat. You have to break it open until you can scoop the contents inside this gastronomic delight.

Kaiserschmarren (Php 350)
Kaiserschmarren, otherwise known as Emperor's Cake, is shredded pancake with rum and raisins served with plum sauce to taste better. This is a great treat and my very first time to try something like this.
Nachspeisen Teller(Php 650)
Their heavenly Dessert Platter is called the Nachspeisen Teller is good for two to three persons. You'll definitely love the assortment of sweets composed of Schocokuchen (Choco Lava), Afpelstrudel (Apple Strudel), Chocolate Crepe, three scoops of ice cream (chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) and garnished with grapes.

Orange and Lemon Juices (Php 165 each)
Fresh juices like lemon and orange are available with syrup to sweeten so when you're at a German restaurant, it is not expected that you're supposed to be a beer drinker as well. There are other non-alcoholic drinks like colas and canned juices and sparkling apple juice and mineral water, plus the Sanpellegrino Authentic Italian lemonade (or Orangeade) from Sicily with fruit juice and sparkling mineral water combined.

Hefe Weissbier and Bayrischr Longdrink (prices vary depending on the time)
But of course, you're missing out a lot if you're not going to drink beer. We had the Bayrischr Longdrink which is original Munchnerlager with vodka and lime juice, and the Hefe Weissbier from Paulaner, the number 1 Weissbier in Germany, which is the typical beer from Munich made with wheat malt naturally cloudy with vitamins and hints of banana.

All beers at Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant are 100% natural and made with pure spring water.  They are imported from Germany where they are brewed according to the German Purity Law of 1516.  We had a couple of these beers after dinner while chatting with the owner and his friend.

I think I was drunk already when I took this blurred photo

So there you have it. It's just a few of their amazing German dishes available when you visit their place to hang out and socialize with your loved ones, friends, colleagues or business partners. It's a great place to spend the night drinking beer, feasting on their food and being entertained by the latest sports programs on TV. It's almost like every night is like a holiday at this restaurant where you'll find lots of people enjoying their stay.

Thank you and belated Frohe Feiertage to Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant for having us, and congratulations again to your new branch in Makati.
Get to know more about Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant from their Facebook page.

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