Oktoberfest is upon us again and this year, we were invited to witness the beer tapping ceremony at one of my favourite German restaurant, Brotzeit. Located on the outside dining strip of Midvalley Megamall, Brotzeit is a popular watering hole and it serves pretty authentic German cuisine. The kitchen is head by a friendly German chap Chef Helmut, who is easy to spot with his height. Brotzeit has been around for quite a few years (actually celebrating their 5th Anniversary today, how fitting!) and now also has a few other branches including one in Sunway Pyramid and another in Bangsar Shopping Centre.
It was a lovely catch-up session for us few (Cumi & Ciki, Jason with his dates, Fireangel and her fiance) and we sat down to a feast for sure. But first, the ceremony. By that I mean the beer.
The Paulaner came all the way from German and after the ceremony, everyone gets a glass!
There was also a liveband to entertain us with traditional Oktoberfest tunes as well as popular oldies and current hits.
We started with a trio of Appetisers: Smoked salmon tartare with cream cheese and chives, Obatza (Typical Bavarian crème cheese with onions, cucumbers, and tomatoes); and Pork liver pate with onions and herbs, all served with a side of German bread. Of these, my favourite would have to be the Salmon tartare, as you can really taste the briny fish and the chives just liven up the dish. We also enjoy the Pork liver pate by default as offal lovers.
We also had a German style Pizza (Fladen), which came with tomato sauce, mozzarella, baby spinach, feta cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, onions, garlic and mushrooms. The crust is denser than pizza (more German bread like), and the toppings are abundant. Love the hint of savoury feta cheese too.
If you come in a big group, you should order the sharing platter. It’s an impressive looking board loaded with food, just take a look at this!
Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle, Thick Slices of Bacon, Sausages, Pork chops, it’s a carnivore’s playground. The deep fried pork knuckle features amazing crackling and the flesh remains tender with a slight chew, and the gravy goes superbly with this. The sausages here are really excellent too.
You can also order your choice of 2 side dishes and we had potato salad and sauerkraut. The sauerkraut here is the real deal, with sufficient tang and great to cut through the richness of meaty dishes. I also love the potato salad here, fluffy and a little creamy, also with a citrusy tang. Definitely moreish.
We also tried Schnapps for the first time and we got to pick from several different flavours. I think mine was apple. You are meant to drink it like a shot and while it’s lovely and sweet, it’s pretty potent too.
Have you ever tried chocolate bacon before? If you haven’t, you need to! I am a sucker for sweet and savoury combo and even though chocolate might kill my voice, I couldn’t resist a bite. Worth it, though.
And what happens if you are a singer and you go to another party with a liveband? You get called out to the stage of course.
And here’s me belting out a classic, I will survive by Gloria Gaynor (Photo credit to the BF).
Thank you Brotzeit for having us, and if you want to participate in the Oktorberfest fun, they are repeating the party this weekend (9th and 10th October) at all their branches. Prost!
A group photo taken with Umei’s phont. It was a fun night for sure.