Location: Perth CBD, 140 William St
After such a long wait, Perth and Australia welcomes the first German international Brotzeit Restaurant which is home to 140 William St and also calls Jamie’s Italian home. Brotzeit have several restaurants around the world. Those of us who work close by have been eagerly waiting in anticipation for when the doors would finally be flung open. We visited the Brotzeit website and drooled over the menu, but they finally opened to the public on Monday this week. I was walking by and quite by accident discovered they are open so I headed there for lunch and ordered the Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle.
There’s many items I want to try but I had to go for this. I patiently waited amongst the hectic waiters out in force keeping the patrons happy. The restaurant is part indoor part outdoor, but there is actually a glass roof high above creating a very open feel for Brotzeit and other shops and eateries close by. There are coloured shards hanging from the glass ceiling creating a lovely feel.
Schweinshaxn / Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle (while stocks last) $44
After a reasonably wait, a huge plate was presented which must have had half a pig on it! For $44 I thought it would be a meal for one. One pays $40 for a steak at many a restaurant so this would be comparable. Well no. This is an unbelievably huge serving which must be shared amongst at least two people. I guess when they brought a smaller plate with serviette and cutlery, it was a giveaway. I was pretty hungry so I set into the monumental task of eating what I could. There’s a large serve of potato salad, a large serve of sauerkraut, pickles, a salad, a jug of gravy, and then the monstrosity of roast pork knuckle. The pork knuckle was definitely crunchy and crispy and oh so yum! If ever you were going to enjoy crackling it is here. Superbly executed, it made the dish something to remember. The pork meat also was perfectly cooked, really moist and tender and not one piece differed. It was consistent all round. With the delicious gravy, what a meal.
The potato salad was a bit different to what I was expecting. I’m not familiar with German cuisine, but they use a particularly distinctive vinegar which adds a certain sourness to the side dish. The potato salad was very tasty, nice and moist, potatoes well cooked. I’m not used to the slightly sour tang but this is their version and it’s enjoyable. I also liked the sauerkraut which was nice and tender, but could have been a little more moist for my liking. With the acidity of some lovely pickled gherkins and a side salad, there’s plenty to keep one interested in this meal. I did my best to eat what I could but was disappointed that all this food would go to waste. It would be great if they offered considerably smaller servings or offered takeaway.
Aside from this dish, Brotzeit offers things like cold platters (think sausages, cheese, and cold meats with German rye bread), German style sandwiches, salads which you haven’t seen on any menu in Perth before, soups, pizzas, a variety of German sausages, ribs, schnitzel, spatzle (like a pasta), and of course desserts. Don’t forget they serve a variety of German beers too. I’m not sure of the servings of the other dishes but you can definitely share a few of the lighter meals and get some variety.
Brotzeit Food Review Summary
Verdict: I’m really excited that the international German restaurant, Brotzeit, has finally opened it’s doors to it’s first restaurant in Perth. The menu offers a variety of dishes catering to all tastes and I ordered the oven roasted pork knuckle which was fantastic! The crackling is a golden brown and is crispy and crunchy and oh so yum! The succulent tender pork is greatly enjoyed with the delicious gravy. Plenty of sides to keep you interested with a lovely slightly sour potato salad, sauerkraut, gherkins, and a side salad. This particular dish offered an amount for at least two people, so you may want to consult the waitstaff on how many dishes to order and best to share. I can’t wait to try some of their other dishes.
Price: Moderately Expensive
Recommendation: Highly Recommend
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