A brief hiatus this week from my Bavarian travel series but still with a German theme. Winter has well and truly arrived here in Perth and temperatures have plummeted. It got down to 2 degrees on Tuesday morning, which makes the news here much like it does in the Uk when it climbs to 20 degrees or above! Last Sunday we headed in to the city centre for my weekly German evening class’s mid year social get-together. Naturally we went to a restaurant with a German theme namely, Brotzeit, a new bar and restaurant, which opened its doors in the CBD earlier this year.
Brotzeit is part of an international chain currently based in the Asia Pacific region with the Perth city one being the first in Australia and I was uncertain what to expect. It turned out to be an excellent choice, especially on a wild and wet winter’s day. The food was authentic but toned down a bit for Australian tastes. Whereas in Bavaria I was served a quarter of a duck that must have come from the largest duck in Germany, here the portions were a bit more manageable – German with a modern twist. Monsieur Le Chic tucked into his Nuernberger sausages with sauerkraut, roesti and vegetable accompaniments whereas I went with the spatchcock (small chicken), potato salad and a simply delicious sauerkraut flavoured with orange and cranberry.
The beers were authentic – according to the Brotzeit’s web page :
“All beers served at Brotzeit® are brewed according to the German Purity Law of
1516, 100% natural, made with pure spring water and imported from Germany”
One of our party noted that the correct beer was served on the matching beer mat – all very organised! Monsieur Le Chic sampled the dark wheat beer from Munich’s Paulaner brewery whereas I selected a glass of the Burg Layer Schlosskapelle Silvaner Kabinett wine, which according to the menu is “light bodied with a fresh, slightly floral nose, accompanied by subtle green apple, white peach, honey, tea and lime flavours”. I can’t say I noticed all these flavours but it was certainly tasty and packed a fruity punch!
You will find Brotzeit tucked away in a laneway off 140 Willian Street in the city centre (just behind Jamie’s Italian). If you’re coming in by train it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk from Perth city station taking the William Street exit. The atmosphere was convivial and the place was packed out – bookings are essential!
Certainly warming winter food has been the order of the day all this week. It was bitterly cold on my morning walks though you’d never believe it from the photos – Perth is simply beautiful on clear crisp winter days!
Plus we have a warm wood fire to light up at night!
“Prost” until next week!
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