GUTEN TAG! Oktoberfest is upon us and although many associate this Bavarian festival with beer, it is also known for its traditional food.
We may not be in Munich, Germany but the BUZZ team were determined to have an authentic German-style Oktoberfest/Wiesn evening complete with the best Bavarian cuisine in town.
Thanks to Brotzeit, we were hosted and educated on the proper way to celebrate the world’s largest beer festival.
This German bar and restaurant is serving up an Oktoberfest sharing platter, suitable for a group of four, alongside its regular single Oktoberfest plate throughout the festive period until Oct 31.
Being able to share and celebrate Oktoberfest the right way with a sumptuous meal was a first for us! According to Brotzeit group executive chef Helmut Murmann, the perfect Oktoberfest meal should have fresh and crispy pork knuckle (Schweinhaxen), some chicken dishes and of course, the pretzels.
True enough, we were served an oven-baked crispy pork knuckle as the main in the Oktoberfest sharing platter, priced at RM205, accompanied by a selection of meat and pretzels, sauerkraut, vegetables and potato salad. Only the spicy sauce and the spicy chicken sausage were tweaked to cater to Malaysian palate.
Needless to say, everyone went for the pork knuckle first. The tender and succulent meat was so perfectly cooked that it fell off from the bone. The crispy the pork knuckle skin together with the mashed potatoes became an enjoyable snack as the night wore on. Each bite just left us wanting more.
Brotzeit’s Oktoberfest plate (RM45) might look small compared to the platter, but do not be fooled by its size. The base was filled with a generous serving of mashed potatoes and surrounded with Bavarian meatloaf, bacon, sauerkraut, sausages and a single pretzel.
As for beers, Chef Helmut recommended the Paulaner Oktoberfestbier, as the special beer is only available for this festive occasion in limited amounts.
While the flavour of the Oktoberfestbier is slightly different every year, the percentage of alcohol remains at 6%. The beer is smooth and tastes flavourful with a tinge of bitterness.
Designated drivers for the night won’t miss out on the fun either. At Brotzeit, they serve Paulaner Weissbier Alkoholfrei, so nobody would be missing out on a fun night.
According to the chef, non-alcoholic beers are sold and advertised as isotonic drinks in Germany. With non-alcoholic beers, guests still get the wonderful taste and flavour of the beer but without the alcohol content.
If you find yourself wondering how to pair beer with your food, Chef Helmut says it’s really easy when it comes to German food.
Food such as the goulash, stew and braised dishes go very well with dark beers, while pork pairs well with lagers or Weissbier.
The night ended with us feeling stuffed and contented. We definitely recommend for everyone to try the Oktoberfest sharing platter and the Oktoberfest plate with friends. Head over to Brotzeit and feast on the Oktoberfestbier offerings before they run out!
From now till Oct 31, customers who spend RM150 and above in a single receipt stand a chance to win a 3-litre Bier Tower! A total of 10 towers will be given away. (T&Cs apply)
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