Brotzeit @ Vivocity
"Brotzeit" is a typical Bavarian expression – "Brot" being German for bread and "Zeit" for time, referring to a cozy meal complemented by fresh beer. They specialise in Bavarian cuisine. My first at authentic german food after the fusion meal I had at Friends awhile back. On the pretext of celebrating another dear friend's birthday, we all flocked to Brotzeit.
A table was booked..first we were given a table inside but was too noisy, we made a request for a cosier table outside. We were promised two large spacious tables once the "next table left" but ended up squeezing all in one table, waiting forever for the next to leave. Turned out, that didn't happen either. We left way earlier than they did.
Anyhow, Brotzeit at Vivocity's a flagship store. Not too sure what type of beer we shared but it came in a litre huge glass, very frothy and light. My first try at German beer which I gladly say, I'm loving it!
It took quite a while before the food was served...
Gulaschsuppe (spicy beef goulash soup) $9.50 served with two slices of multi-grain bread.
Hot and steaming they came, ravenous we all were. The moment I took a sip of the goulash soup, I say...it's one of the best I've tasted. The broth's decent not overly thick, beef cubes are plentiful, potatoes too. A pity the bread's too hard. If not, it'd be heaven on earth. The soup's really tasty, you really won't stop at just one spoon. We ordered two bowls of this!
Chef’s Salat (mixed salad with roasted pork loin stripes, fine beans, potato salad, semidried tomatoes, onions and pumpkin seed oil) $19.50
This came in a huge cauldron of a bowl, a beautiful combination of salads and ingredients. Tossing it revealed a yummilicious refreshing and healthy salad choice. The lettuce was somewhat crunchy and juicy. Delicious.
Gebackenes (best of their crispy items including prawns, dory fish, chicken fingers and potato wedges) $32.50
Think thickly cut potato wedges, golden brown prawns, fish cutlets and chicken pieces, complete with mustard, mayo and some other sweet-sour condiment. Wouldn't say it's stunning, tastes like a fried food platter.
Pork knuckle served with potato salad and sauerkraut, not sure of the pricing because it can't be found online.
What's a german meal without pork knuckle? It's fried to a crisp, so crispy I cannot resist chomping the skin, fats and meat all down. It's german cuisine alright! Now I know how authentic german pork knuckles taste like, the meat's so tender, the crackling's so crunchy...sinful but well worth it. German potato salad has a slight sour taste to it, whets the appetite!
Würstelplatte (authentic sausage platter with spicy chicken sausage, lamb sausage, mini pork cheese sausages, weisswurst sausage and garlic sausage with sauerkraut and mustard) $32.50
An array of german goodness, somehow I don't fancy sausage platters that much because after a while, everything tastes about the same! I didn't like the lamb, bland it is. The company lapped it up hungrily though.
Schokokuchen (warm rich chocolate cake with stracciatella ice cream) $12.50
Our choice of birthday cake for the birthday girl. The ice-cream tasted like vanilla...molten chocolate cake that the rest didn't quite finish.
Apfelstrudel (apple strudel with vanilla ice cream) $10.50
Interesting take on apple strudel, a thin pastry jacket filled with slices of apples, raisins and almond flakes. The thinest crepe skin ever, felt there was an apple overload. Yummers, felt it's better than theschokokuchen.
Overall, a stomach bursting experience, we left filling full to the max. Brotzeit surprised me on what it had to offer. Beers are a must! They complete the german experience. The most memorable dishes have to be the pork knuckle and beef goulash soup!
Service was somewhat lacking probably due to the crowds...a little on the hasty note. They want to get you out of the place asap. Poor timing on their part when it came to clearing of dishes and presenting the desserts, we ended up having to chitchat whilst the ice-creams were melting and candle dwindling.
Will be back for more!
VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk,