There is something undeniably festive about gathering around German food and jugs of beer. For a friend’s birthday on Saturday night just gone, a group of us spent the evening at the fairly new, Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant for a mighty or should I say, meaty feast!
Brotzeit is located in 140 Perth, a snazzy building development above the Perth underground train station. Various art installations decorate the lanes that intersect and lead to William Street as well as the Murray Street shopping mall. It’s worth a bit of an explore around and maybe even post Brotzeit.
Brotzeit is a chain of restaurants and Perth happens to be the first destination in Australia. This is uber exciting for little old Perth where we often moan about missing out to our eastern state neighbours. The dinner menu is extensive with quite the choice available and including a page for salads. The menu features mouth-watering pictures of perfect looking food and this certainly sets up some expectations for the meal.
We began with an appetizer, the breaded Camembert. Deep fried squares of creamy Camembert cheese dipped in a cranberry dip. While I passed on this, it disappeared quickly over mouthfuls of beer.
Four of us shared the $88.00 Brotzeitplatte, and boy oh boy, its appearance from the kitchen was a glorious sight, something a meat lover would appreciate. The platter includes a selection of Brotzeit sausages, pork hock and choice of honey pork ribs or schnitzel. Two sides are also included and we went with the vegetables to offset the meat load and fries, just because they are always good to snack on with beer.
A dining experience unfolds between the four platte participants, eyes are locked on the platter and without any discussion we start with the sausages, then the honey ribs and saving the best till last, the pork hock.
To be honest here, I thought the Brotzeit sausages were average and quite bland. The pork hock on the other hand was definitely the highlight of the board. A crispy exterior and softly moist inside, the meat shredded on application of the fork. The sticky and crispy honey ribs were delicious, the meat fell away from the bone effortlessly.
Schupfnudeln with Bavarian Potato Dumpling
I ordered a side of the warm spinach salad with bavarian potato dumpling and it was a bit of a fail. The dish didn’t really looked like the menu photo, which I wouldn’t have noticed, had it contained all of the ingredients listed! There were no sun dried tomatoes and a mere slither of a mushroom the size of my thumbnail. The spinach was also quite oily.
At the beginning of the evening, before we had decided on the mains, we excitedly talked about dessert! By the end of our meals some of us had room for dessert and two plates were ordered. The apple strudel came with a scoop of ice cream and almond flakes. The pancakes with rum and raisin were great to share and served with a plum jam for dipping. Torn pieces of fried pancakes with a coating of icing sugar.
Following the birthday celebrations, I left Brotzeit with a belly full of mixed feelings. The restaurant is ideally suited for groups, featuring large bench tables and plenty of space between the tables. The meat platter was satisfying and while I enjoyed the atmosphere and the attentive service from the staff, I thought it was all rather expensive. $10.00 for a glass of Henkell was far-fetched!