A Toast to DAD

Northern Living - - NORTHERN EATS - BY MARAH S.D. RUIZ

BROTZEIT GER­MAN BIER BAR AND RESTAU­RANT

At Brotzeit, beer is al­ways se­ri­ous busi­ness. All of the beer they serve proudly ad­here to the Ger­man Pu­rity Law of 1516. But don't let that in­tim­i­date you! Brotzeit ex­udes an at­mos­phere that's friendly and invit­ing. Whether you're a beer afi­cionado or more of a ca­sual fan look­ing for a unique beer ex­pe­ri­ence, Brotzeit is sure to have some­thing for you.

Brotzeit has four dis­tin­guished Paulaner beers on their tap. You can choose to try the Orig­i­nal Müncher Lager, Hefe Weiß­bier, Dunkel Hefe Weiß­bier, or Orig­i­nal Münch­ner Dunkel Lager in a third of a liter (P165, then P200 af­ter 6 p.m.), half-liter (P250, then P300 af­ter 6 p.m.) or one-liter (P445, then P540 af­ter 6 p.m.) serv­ings. All th­ese won­der­ful beers go well with the tra­di­tional Bavar­ian dishes that Brotzeit's kitchen metic­u­lously makes from scratch.

Or­der Pork Medal­lions (P580) for heav­enly grilled pork wrapped in ba­con with a gen­er­ous serv­ing of fries and veg­eta­bles. A plate of Veal Goulash (P780), with its soft braised veal shanks in pa­prika sauce, served with a side of but­tered spät­zle, is sure to be a hit with the beef lovers. For those who love crusty bread, try the Chicken Pizza (P580)—spicy chicken sausages, olives, mush­rooms, tomato sauce, and moz­zarella cheese nes­tled on rye bread.

For a work­ing lunch, try the Ex­ec­u­tive Lunch Menu (P395) where you can have a set meal of an ap­pe­tizer and a main course of your choice. You can start with Brotzeit's Gar­den Salad or the Soup of the Day. Cou­ple this with Pork Mushroom Stew which is a plate of stewed pork ten­der­loin served with nap­kin dumplings and beans wrapped in ba­con for a heavy lunch. You can also choose to have the Beer Bat­tered Fish which is per­fect for a lighter meal, with its crispy fried fish fil­let with a side of won­der­fully tart potato salad and tar­tar sauce. For some­where in be­tween, try the Pa­prika Chicken which is braised chicken served in pa­prika sauce with a side of but­tered spät­zle.

Brotzeit Ger­man Bier Bar & Restau­rant, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Unit 112, Street Level, Man­daluy­ong City.

+632-631-1489, +632-668-4325.

THE WINEBAR

Strik­ingly beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors rem­i­nis­cent of Euro­pean gen­tle­men's bars will wel­come you once you en­ter The Winebar at the sec­ond floor of Café 1771. The med­ley of smooth leather, dark wood, and soft light­ing em­anates a com­fort­able, classy, and el­e­gant at­mos­phere.

Sit­ting in a quiet cor­ner of the ex­pan­sive space that The Winebar oc­cu­pies is the wine cel­lar, which houses roughly 200 dif­fer­ent bot­tles of wine—the prices of which are all avail­able upon re­quest. Right be­side the wine cel­lar are the eno­matic ma­chines which house a lovely wine lineup care­fully crafted by res­i­dent wine masters.

Aside from its scopic wine list, The Winebar prides it­self in its oys­ters, burg­ers, and steaks. Wine masters and knowl­edge­able wait staff can help you pair your wine of choice with the food items in their ex­ten­sive menu.

A good way to start off is with the Winebar's take on Oys­ters Rock­e­feller (P550)—big, juicy Ak­lan oys­ters baked with ba­con bits, cheese, and some creamy spinach. The Winebar rec­om­mends a glass of chilled Chenin Blanc wine like Culem­borg to go with this dish, as the crisp and lemony notes of this wine nicely coun­ter­acts the briny qual­ity of the oys­ters.

An­other must-try is the Crunchy Cala­mari Pasta (P350), which is crunchy squid, spaghetti, and tomato sauce all tossed to­gether to make a dish that is some­where be­tween light and heavy. To go with this, The Winebar stands by some ver­sa­tile rosado wine—the kind that is some­where be­tween the red and white spec­trum, a pink wine, if you will—like Val de los Frailes.

For a heav­ier meal, the Winebar Burger (P410) is your best bet. That is 200 grams of cer­ti­fied An­gus beef, fresh let­tuce, roasted toma­toes, and grilled onions in a home­made brioche bun served with a side of fries, a pickle, and some oven-roasted bone mar­row. For a hefty meal, The Winebar sug­gests an equally hefty wine such as Tall Horse's Caber­net Sauvi­gnon.

The Winebar, 2nd Floor of Café 1771, El Pue­blo Real de Manila, Or­ti­gas Cen­ter, Pasig City. +632-631-7340, +632-631-7339. cafe1771@ya­hoo.com.

Oys­ters Rock­e­feller

Pork mushroom stew with Brotzeit Gar­den salad

Veal Goulash

Pork Medal­lion

A liter of Paulener beer

Winebar Burger

Crunchy Cala­mari Pasta

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