Guten Tag Brotzeit! Brotzeit is a chain German restaurant which began in Singapore and only last week opened its first post in Western Australia in the vibrant 140 William complex.
Brotzeit®, the world’s leading franchised German concept casual dining restaurant offers authentic German Cuisine accompanied by world-famous German beers in a chic and contemporary setting.”Brotzeit®” is a typical Bavarian expression – “Brot” being German for bread and “Zeit” for time, referring to a cozy meal complemented by fresh beer.
Now despite my heritage I can’t say that when I head out for a meal that the first cuisine that springs to mine is German, but I was keen to give this newbie a whirl and the opportunity presented on a recent Thursday in their opening week. A cheery group of six arrived around 7pm and were shown to a table by our friendly waiter. I really liked the fit out, very well lit and open, means you can see what is going on.
The menu is a decent size, but helpfully is broken into sections and also comes with pictures of the dishes which can be handy when they are listed by their German name. Now I think GG knew what he was going to order even before he arrived. The pork knuckle had his name on it. Schweinshaxn / Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle: Oven roasted hind shank of grain-fed pork served with potato salad, sauerkraut and homemade sauce on the side. He’d tried to order it elsewhere recently and his endeavours had been thwarted and so I think he was pleased as punch to order it here.
I am a fairly big schnitzel fan so I locked that in the Wiener Schnitzel / Breaded Veal Escalope Breaded escalope of veal served with potato salad, apricot and cranberry sauce and around the table other ordered the lamb shanks, curry wurst, ribs and a bratwurst plate. It is fair to say that meat lovers will be in their element at Brotzeit.
We enjoyed a frosty German beer while waiting for our meals, not in traditional litre steins, as you may have read, but they do have half litres on the go which served me well on a school night.
And then the food appeared and there were collective wows around the table as the serving sizes became apparent. And they were all apparently huge! Bigger is better here. Particularly GG’s pork knuckle. It was quite the hunk of meat, adorned with delicious looking crackling and accompanied by a few sides – potato salad, sauerkraut and some greenery – but I knew his focus would be on the meat.
I was similarly impressed with my slab of schnitty, served simply with some potato salad, a wedge of lemon and a small dollop of apricot and cranberry sauce. Now the waiter had also advised me to order some knuckle sauce for my schnitty and who was I to argue. The knuckle sauce was indeed delicious, a flavourful gravy. And the schnitzel was thin and tender and had been lovingly crumbed and fried to a crispy perfection. I had wondered if I would actually be able to finish it but surprisingly I did! I couldn’t have left any behind. Leave no schnitty behind!
Now GG was valiantly tackling the pork knuckle, which we found out was about 900 grams of meat – wow. I had a bite of it and it was so delicious, really moist and tender and very well-seasoned. I also enjoyed the zesty sauerkraut. Now GG polished off as much as he could but a take away container was still required. Oh yes, if you can’t finish it, you can take it home, which is a big bonus and I have it on high authority that the next day, toasted in a Turkish bread roll with a little salt and pepper, it was very delicious too.
I had loved my debut visit! German food is delicious. Hearty and meaty and filling and as I’ll be in beautiful Germany for Easter this year I am all the more excited. Welcome to Perth Brotzeit – I suspect you’ll be very popular!
And just for your interest, here is a few more happy snaps of other people’s dinner………. Arrive hungry folks, arrive hungry!
Ripperl / Honey Bavarian Pork Ribs – Beer infused Bavarian honey pork ribs served with potato wedges and sauerkraut.
Würstelplatte / Sausage Platter – Authentic German sausage platter with spicy chicken, grilled pork, pork cheese, pork and veal, garlic pork sausages and sauerkraut
Lamm Haxe / Slow Roasted Lamb Shank (400 grams) – Slow roasted lamb shank with braised orange-cranberry red cabbage and napkin dumplings.