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January 6, 2019

Brotzeit, Singapore…excels at the classics

German food is heavy, starchy and often bland — yet people love it. Brotzeit is a haven for German food lovers year-round.

The most impressive entree was the crispy oven-roasted pork knuckle – oven-roasted hind shank of grain-fed pork, marinated for 24 hours with premium draught beer, massaged with proprietary spice mix to achieve a juicy meat and crispy crackling skin. Served with sauerkraut and potato salad. Another hit was the grilled pork sausages – a firm German favourite, and one of Brotzeit’s signature dishes, the sausages are hearty and packed with flavour. It came with mashed potato and sauerkraut. The standout dessert was the dessert medley – the perfect sweet ending to share, the dessert platter includes an Apple Strudel, Warm Chocolate Cake, Vanilla Crème Brule, and Lemon Crème. Comes with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and red seedless grapes.

Brotzeit is doing more for Germany’s public image in Singapore than even its footballers. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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June 28, 2015

Atschel Applewine Restaurant, Frankfurt…eat like a Frankfurter while surrounded by Frankfurters

If you’re looking for a fun meal and a truly German atmosphere…..if you want to eat like a Frankfurter while surrounded by Frankfurters…..if  you prefer to sit on communal benches, eat hearty local food and drink sour and tart German apple wine…..if you yearn for some unconventional hospitality typical of Frankfurt, which is a bit rough and ready…..head on down to Atschel Applewine Restaurant – a small and cosy apple wine tavern with a garden at the back.

All the schnitzel I’ve ever had were Weiner Schnitzel. This time around, I ordered the Frankfurter Schnitzel (breaded pork with fried potatoes and Frankfurt green sauce). The people of Frankfurt spruced up the dish with their “Green sauce”.   Green sauce contains only regional herbs. No dill and no foreign imports! I thought it was a very nice addition to a classic. You won’t be able to find this on a menu anywhere but in Frankfurt. I can hear your collective “ooooh” from here.  I had that same moment. The show stopping grilled knuckle of pork with sauerkraut and bread was so crispy on the outside and fork tender on the inside. The meat was butter soft. Be sure to give some skin to each person, that is one of the best parts. The schweinemedaillons (Pork medallions with sliced apples and calvados cream, fried potatoes and salad) were thick rounds cut from the tenderloin –  the flavour could have been much better.

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Frankfurt is a city of cider. One place where you can become an authentic Frankfurter (that’s a native of Frankfurt, not the sausage), it’s in Atschel. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

June 13, 2015

Apfelwein Wagner, Frankfurt… full to the brim of porky goodness

To me this felt like a great typical German experience with great pork fest. Its a shared table experience which is unique and worth the experience to meet new people even if its just a nod hello as you join them at their table. Indoors and outdoors, the décor was fabulous; head to toe everything was made of dark aged wood and had that old German tavern feel to it.

Food is hearty, robust German fare in large portions at fair prices. I had the gegrillte schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock or pork knuckle) and downed that with a glass of apfelwein. Apfelwein is like cider, but without bubbles…. and with less flavour. The schweinshaxe was beautifully crispy, yet tender inside. Gross though this may sound, but the combination of pork fat and crisp was just too good.

Wagner is the authentic traditional Frankfurt experience in this financial hub of Germany. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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