This place has been on our to-visit list for a while, but it took a Makansutra Raw feature and my brother’s subsequent visit and recommendation to drag ourselves to VivoCity to try it for ourselves.
Which came first, the speciality or Makansutra? Almost every table ordered the pork knuckle – I don’t know whether that proves that it’s one of their best dishes, or whether everyone was there to try the knuckle that had been featured positively on Makansutra. Note that it isn’t on the menu, but do ask for it because it appears that it’s always available anyway.
Thus far, my best experience with German pork knuckle has been at Baden Baden restaurant, until the standard deteriorated slightly. The one at Brotzeit is quite different, and I think more authentic. The Baden version, though very tender, is drenched in a clear gravy which tends to make the crackling a bit soggy, especially if you eat as slowly as I do. Brotzeit serves the gravy separately, which allows for the crackling to be enjoyed in all its crispy glory.
Brotzeit’s crackling was good, but slightly on the thick side. The meat was very tender though, and almost falling off the bone. Instead of roast potatoes, it came with a rather interesting cold potato salad, and quite a heap of sauerkraut. Needless to say I’m on knuckle overload, and the next time we come we’ll try the sausages instead.
We also tried their liver pate with German bread. The pate was very very good, the bread – not so much. It was dry and hard, but slathered with enough butter and pate, and it was edible.
The restaurant’s quite cold inside, so I would recommend a table outdoors as long as it’s not raining.
Food is good. Service is good. Portions are big so even though this place is not cheap, I think it’s still a good deal.
Definitely a place you can come to share food and drinks with friends.
Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant
Opening hours: Lunch 12 noon to 2.30 pm, Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm