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Published February 24th 2015
Brotzeit is a new German concept restaurant and bar located in the chic new 140 William complex in Perth city. "Brotzeit" is a Bavarian expression essentially referring to a snack traditionally eaten between breakfast and lunch ("Brot" being German for bread and "Zeit" for time).
Taking in the ambience of 140 William.
I visited Brotzeit midweek for a quick bite and a drink, and this is how it went. After being seated by a very polite maitre d', taking in the modern decor, and ordering a glass of very tasty German sparkling, I was surprised to learn that the restaurant is one branch of a restaurant chain that originated in Singapore in 2006. Although this left me a bit skeptical, the arrival of the bacon and apple dip that we ordered for starters put every bit of that skepticism to bed. For $8.50 this starter was not only tasty, but appropriately sized given what was to follow, and bursting with authentic flavours.
Bacon dip for starters.
Upon reading the rest of the menu I was happy to see that it was authentically German, and very closely aligned with traditional Bavarian cuisine, as the restaurant claimed. There were, of course, some non-traditionally Bavarian favourites such as Currywurst but what would a German restaurant be without Currywurst?!
The restaurant/ bar interior.
Speaking of Currywurst (a Bratwurst sausage covered in spicy ketchup sauce) this is what I chose to order as a main, mostly because I was eager to be transported back to a holiday in Berlin some years ago. This came unsliced and served with an undressed side salad. My partner in dine ordered the saucy Veal Goulash that was served with a huge side of buttered spatzle (eggy pasta pieces). Both dishes, we agreed, were much spicier than they would have been in Germany but were nonetheless very tasty.
The general experience at Brotzeit was very pleasant, as was the food, and I would definitely go back. Dinner for two with a starter, two mains and three drinks between us was around $90. The only downer of the night was inconsistent service. While some members of staff were inattentive to the point of me needing to ask if they would take my order after an extended period of making eyes across the room, other staff members were dropping by every five minutes (over)enthusiastically enquiring about our experience. I have every confidence, however, that these service issues will resolve over time.
The beer sampler.
If you fancy a bit of German cuisine, a good Weissbier, or just want to try something different, give Brotzeit a go. The restaurant has abundant seating for small or large groups, and a bar area with a TV playing football (naturally). Find them at 140 William Street, Perth and check out the menu here for some inspiration.