Note: All asterisked (*) photos here belong to SPANKY H. ENRIQUEZ. The rest of the crappy ones are mine, lels. He was so nice & generous to share his takes with me after mine turned out grainy because I tried the manual settings when I’m clearly not qualified! :P So boss, THANK YOU for your kindness. I super kaduper love you! Mwah! :-*
MAIFEST is one of mankind’s oldest traditions, the celebration of nature’s bright reawakening after a winter’s cold darkness. The custom of the maypole began in the tenth century, when villagers would erect a pole in the local square and decorate it with sausages, cakes and multicolored ribbons. Dancing around the maypole, medieval citizens believed, would bring good luck and wealth.
Its religious and superstitious aspects have long since disappeared, the ancient pagan festival is now but a colorful, joyous part of history and culture.
We Filipinos have been enjoying the famed German Oktoberfest celebration for decades. But you don’t have to wait until Fall to enjoy a fun German celebration. The ancient tradition of Maifest (May Festival) is becoming increasingly popular even in the Philippines.
In line with the European Culinary Season, BROTZEIT GERMAN BIER BAR & RESTAURANT in Shangrila Mall celebrates MAIFEST with a traditional german feast good until June 30, 2014. Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant is a Singaporean franchise, 10th international, that has finally made its way to the Philippines.
Brotzeit means “Bread Time” in German. It’s a phrase they use in much the same way we do “Let’s eat!”
I like the fact that Brotzeit is big & spacious. Plenty of space & elbow room, and not having to hear your neighbor dish out the latest news in his life. :P Brotzeit’s seats are spaced evenly, ensuring customers won’t bump into each other “accidentally” once they’ve had more than their regular fill of Brotzeit’s extensive selection of beers.
With owner MALVIN ANG, Brotzeit chef Ivan Maminta, and The Bossman -who invited an obviously very happy me! ;))
Malvin started us off with the Spargelsuppe/Asparagus Soup. Serving Per Cup 110 php | Regular 180 php
and some refreshing cold beer! ;) 165 php/300ml I don’t normally drink beer since I find it bitter. But the raspberry beer Malvin gave me was really really good & I gulped it down like iced tea.. ang aga kong tinamaan on an empty stomach. Delikado, lels. :P
My non-drinking hubby, hamming it up for my blog! :P
For non-beer drinkers, Brotzeit has plenty of beverages to choose from such as the Sanpellegrino Limonata Authentic Italian Lemonade from Sicily, with 16% fruit juice and sparkling mineral water 180 php | Sanpellegrino Aranciata Authentic Italian Orangeade from Sicily, with 18% fruit juice and sparkling mineral water 180php | Still and Sparkling Mineral Water Acqua Panna 0.5ltr, S. Pellegrino 0.5ltr 180 php.
* Spargel mit Shinken/ White Asparagus Roll 480 php.
* Kasespatzle – Cheese Spatzle Bavarian homemade Spatzle with assorted melted cheeses and crisp onion rings 580 php. I loved the saltiness of this dish which is similar to mac & cheese. <3 A must try!
Melvin also let us try some of their new sandwiches which will be available soon..
* Meatball sandwich which was my favorite among the 3.
*Spicy Meatloaf Sandwich. And because it was spicy, it earned stars in my book! <3
A happy mix of drinkers, eaters, and drinkers AND eaters! ;P
For the main course..
*Meeresfruchtes mit Spargeln/ Seafood Patty Cakes 590 php. Cubes of Salmon & shrimps pieces over a bed of seafood/potato patty. This was an interesting dish.
*Tafelspitz – Boiled Beef Slow boiled beef with German roasted potatoes, creamed spinach and apple horseradish sauce 590 php.
*Honey Bavarian Pork Ribs Beer infused Bavarian honey pork ribs served with potato wedges and sauerkraut 1,050 php.
*Lamm Haxe – Lamb Shank in a bed of red cabbage with potatoes 980 php
*Pork Knuckle 1,280 php. A massive 1.2kg tender pork knuckle and served with potato salad and sauerkraut. LOVE! <3
The skin was crispy & crunchy, the meat tender & tasty. Perfection! <3
*Maifest Platter 2,400 php, a mouthwatering spread with 2 thick tender slabs of grilled pork chops, 4 Schwenkbraten or schnitzel skewers, 2 spicy chicken sausages, 2 grilled pork sausage, 2 pork cheese sausage, 2 garlic sausage and veal sausage, served with potato salad and mixed vegetables.
It’s funny how Kap, the kids, and I never even considered German food before BROTZEIT. We were ignorant on what dishes were served at a german restaurant. We thought all along it was just sausages, lels. And now we have been educated on the many delicious wonders of german cuisine. I will take the kids here soon for the ginormous meat platters which I’m sure they will not only enjoy, but finish with delight! <3
Thank you so much Boss Spanks for taking us along we really appreciate all the invites! <3 And thank you so much MALVIN ANG for the MAIFEST extravaganza & for keeping us company. We truly enjoyed the german beers & the food you kept sending our way to try.