Saturday, 7 June 2014

Guten appetit!: Fill up on delicious German treats

Bring your appetite when you dine at Brotzeit as there are hearty portions of German delights coming up!

Ironically, the word “brotzeit” is a Bavarian expression meaning a small meal or snack which you enjoy with a glass of beer.

So don’t let the name fool you. You may have also been led to think that it is more a place for guzzling beer than for having a good meal, but considering its extensive food menu (over 150 items), Brotzeit is more of a restaurant than a bar. While it does serve a selection of premium beers, mixes and other alcoholic beverages, the food offered – consisting of appetisers, mains and desserts – are definite highlights here.

Helmut Murmann, Brotzeit Malaysia’s executive chef, explains that the whole concept of the place is to introduce German food to the Malaysian public, but in a style that the people here can accept.

“Germans don’t much like sharing during a meal. When it comes to dining, what’s mine is mine, and yours is yours. Asians however, prefer to taste a variety of dishes in a communal manner,” Murmann says.

What you can find on the menu at Brotzeit are dishes that provide large helpings of authentic German cuisine. While some are clearly meant to be shared (as indicated), the others can be deceiving. The portions served are seemingly larger in size than the pictures would illustrate.

A mouthful: Delicious combination of bacon and pork patty in a bun.
A mouthful: Delicious combination of bacon and pork patty in a bun.

As such, Murmann cautions: “Please don’t over order. It’s better if you order, and then reorder during your meal. Either that, or come back and visit us the next time to get a taste of the different dishes that we offer.”

“I really dislike seeing my customers leave with all these ‘tapau’ boxes of my food,” he adds with good humour.

The seafood plate comprising seared tuna, smoked salmon and prawns served with mixed salad and German bread makes for a refreshingly light starter that you can enjoy with a group of friends.

Meat is of course a staple the Germans can’t do without. The lamb sausages paired with mashed potatoes and red cabbage is juicy with a slightly spicy flavour that is tantalising.

The beer-infused pork ribs? Quite exquisite. They were cooked just right, and the honey used to flavour it balanced the taste perfectly.

You also have the farmer’s cordon. Unlike the usual cordon bleus, this variation has a larger number of ingredients. The breaded escalope of pork is stuffed with bacon, onions, mushrooms, parsley and melted cheese. It is also butter fried, allowing for a richer taste that lights up your taste buds.

Fladen is the German equivalent of a pizza and the spinach fladen is meat free. Baby spinach is paired with vine-ripened tomatoes, mozzarella and feta cheese to make a perfect snack to go with a glass of beer.

Most of the food on the menu is derived from Bavarian (or Austrian) culture, but there are exceptions. For example, the pork curry sausage is more of an iconic German dish, especially popular in Berlin, according to Murmann.

Tender lamb sausages with a slightly spicy flavour.
Tender lamb sausages with a slightly spicy flavour.

Brotzeit’s pork and bacon burger is something that Murmann has created for Malaysia. Sinfully delicious, the burger is a must-try if you’re a fan of meat.

Amongst the many different desserts, you have the apple strudel. This classic German pastry is served with vanilla ice cream. It is made with cinnamon and lemon-flavoured apples, with additions of walnuts, rum and raisins.

Brotzeit’s version of chocolate lava cake uses white instead of dark chocolate. Both desserts were not overly sweet and proved to be just the thing to end a rather hearty meal.

Lot G (E)-018, Ground Floor (Boulevard)
Mid Valley Megamall, KL
Tel: 03-2287 5516/5517

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