For German restaurants, I have the assumption that adults are the only ones who enjoy there because of the beer and variety of meat dishes. Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant disproves that with their recent collaboration with Kinder.
Brotzeit came from the words “brot” which means bread and “zeit” which means time in German. When combined together, it translates to German’s merienda, or snack time.
The fine, modern looking place fits its name. It has a relaxing and comforting atmosphere with hard wooden tables and benches for family and/or friends affair. Meanwhile, there is a bar at the far end filled with beer taps for serious beer lovers. I seldom drink alcohol, but seeing the restaurant like this made me want to drink.
Especially for the Kids
Brotzeit introduces their new Kinder Menu which, from the name itself, targets the little munchkins in your life. Each meal includes a glass of iced tea and a Kinder Joy. For those who don’t know Kinder Joy yet, it’s an egg that has a unique snack of milk cream and cocoa cream with two crispy wafer balls and a great toy.
I brought my baby cousin Nathan to try out Brotzeit’s Kinder menu is and my older brother to help me take care of Nathan.
KINDER FLADEN, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
A crispy flatbread topped with melted cheese and smoked ham, it’s essentially Brotzeit’s version of pizza minus the typical tomato sauce that comes with it.
I can easily tell that my cousin loved it the most since he was able to finish the whole four slices by himself and was craving for more.
CORN DOG, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
It’s the all-time favorite hot dog covered in corn batter and deep fried until golden brown. It comes with a mini bowl of french fries and a small plate of ketchup with a mayo-based smile face. The dipping sauce portrays how a child feels after eating the corn dog. True enough, it brought a smile to the kids’faces including me as well.
PANCAKES, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
Brotzeit’s pancakes is great for those kiddies with a sweet tooth. It consists of three layers of pancake topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and colorful M&M’s. I’ve always eaten pancakes with a syrup of some sort. However, trying these out, it looks I might add cream cheese to my breakfast appetite because of the cream cheese glaze.
By the way, there are kid-friendly activities so the children won’t get bored while waiting for the food to be served or just to keep them entertained.
Us, adults, ate Brotzeit’s lunch specials.
BRATHANDL, PHP 265 (or USD 5.4)
If you’re looking for a little bit familiar, check this out as it is, indeed, a roast chicken served with reis pilav (rice pilaf) and green peas. The chicken is perfectly roasted giving you that juicy tender meat on the inside and a crunchy skin on the outside. I also like the spices used on the chicken as it provides a layer of flavor to it.
REISFLEISCH, PHP 295 (or USD 5.9)
It is a stewed pork tenderloin with roasted vegetables and rice served in a steel frying pan. This looks like their answer to Spain’s Paella. The veggies are roasted well without being to burnt and the tenderloin is very saucy and tender. I really like their rice though which has this spicy savory taste similar to the sauce that is used in the tenderloin.
ALL DAY BREAKFAST, PHP 320 (or USD 6.47)
This is my favorite among the lunch special’s and my most recommended dish out of the bunch. It simply consists of a garlic sausage, egg, bacon, roasted potatoes, mushrooms and Bavarian beans. The mushrooms and the potatoes perfectly accompany the oh so delicious sausage which has the perfect mix of spice, meatiness, and juiciness to it.
JAEGER SCHNITZEL, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
These are deep-fried breaded pork cutlets filled with mushroom sauce. It is served with Pommes (french fries) on the side. The pork that was used is very lean and crispy though eating it without the sauce proves to be a very dry affair. Luckily, the mushroom sauce gives that much-needed flavor to the dish.
GESCHNETZELTES, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
For this one, it’s pretty similar to the Jaeger Schnitzel. The difference is that these are straightforward soft pork cutlets in creamy mushroom sauce. It is served with a choice of either spatzle, rice with green peas, or mashed potato.
My older brother opted for a mashed potato. He made a nice choice as it provides a creamy rich flavor even without the need for gravy.
We also got to try one of Brotzeit’s platter.
BROTZEITPLATTE, PHP 2500 (or USD 50)
This is something you should consider when you”re dining as a group or you’re going to have a long drinking session. Good for four to five persons, it consist of the following:
- crispy oven roasted schweinshaxn or pork knuckles
- different kinds of sausages
- layers of pork or chicken schnitzel (pounded thin meat, light breaded, and fried until golden)
- two side dishes of choice
KAISERSCHMARREN, PHP 350 (or USD 7)
Called an Emperor’s Cake in English. it’s shredded pancake with rum and raisins inside. It is served with plum sauce on the side and sprinkled with powdered sugar on top. The pancake is somewhat dry but thankfully the raisins and powdered sugar gives it a very sweet taste.
BAYRISCHE CREME, PHP 190 (or USD 3.9)
It’s not always I get to eat Bavarian Cream filled with strawberry jam and strawberry slices on top for a dessert and not as a filling. The cream is very thick which we actually prefer. I’m thankful for the fruity flavor as it prevents cloying taste.
I, my baby cousin, and older brother really enjoyed our time at Brotzeit. Although some of the food might be average at best and the prices to be a tad pricey for others, I found their sausages and beers to be some of the best I’ve tried in a long while.
With the addition of the Kinder menu, kids will certainly beg their parents to eat with them at Brotzeit. It’s also a great place to hold a reunion with families. I can’t wait to dine here again with my family.
Brotzeit German Bier & Restaurant
Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.
Operating Hours: 11AM to 12 midnight for Sun. to Thurs. and 11AM to 1AM for Fri. & Sat.