Brez'n: Winding down with Bavarian food

There's nothing like a pint of ice-cold Hefe Weissbier to wind down to after a back-breaking day's worth of work. Better yet, if its accompanied with good food. Enter, the new Brez'n in Valley Point which combines the two on an unprecedented scale with the menu presenting a very niche offering of Bavarian delights ranging from the vegetarian Spinatknodel Spinach dumplings ($22) to the staple twists of Baum (aka pretzels), handmade and baked in-house.

Spearheaded by the same team behind ERWIN's Gastrobar, LeVeL 33 and Kaiserhaus, you would expect a certain level of authenticity in the food; more so after discovering that Chef Dominik Osterreicher - former executive chef of Brotzeit runs a tight ship in Brez'n's kitchen. I'm happy to announce that I relinquished my love for Bavarian cuisine the moment I tucked into the Obatzada; the flood gates of memories from my previous trip to Germany torn opened with much enthusiasm.

For starters, the Obatzada ($14) is a must, a mound of creamy Bavarian camembert and cheese curd spread is served with warm pretzels. This fills you up nicely, just in time for the main event that is the Brez'n Platter ($88), a gut-busting caveman feast composed of the full works, crispy pork knuckle, Chicken Hauswurt, Weisswurst, Regensburger, Thuringer sausage snaill and ribs served with baked potato with sour cream and bacon. The crackling of the puffed up skin on the pork knuckle speaks for itself, so did the mountain of ribs I demolished at the end of the feasting.  I would strongly advise you take on this onerous challenge only in the good company of 3 others (vegetarians don't count. hur hur).

The same charitable Bavarian spirit is evident in the sides. Standouts include the Spinatknodel Spinach dumplings ($22) with pillows of soft braised spiced cabbage for a taste of the Christmas holidays and the Brez'n Sandwich Leberkase ($14), thick slabs of meatloaf and sauerkraut between soft pretzel rolls. Despite the dowdy sounding meatloaf, the humble sandwich was the perfect antidote for a rough week at work and guess what? - it will only set you back at $16 during lunchtime, complete with a soup and small dessert to tie in the loose ends.

If you need a sweet finale to keep you satisfied, the Kaiserschmarrn - Emperor's pancake ($14) is a traditional treat that appeases even the pickiest of taste-buds. Caramelized and shredded pancake is dusted with a sheet of snow sugar rendering the pillowy pieces a tad crusty in juxtaposition. Dipped into plum sauce, this outshone the vice of the meal unraveled before this; it was not before long that I received praises for my slavery to the dessert. Resistance is futile.

The reverence for meats and comfort food is, by and large, present in the strongest representation at Brez'n. It is one of the better bets for an authentic Bavarian feast experience away from the glittering gaudiness of the tourist districts. Will I be back? - Surely... the Wiener Schnitzel is already calling my name.

Valley Point #01-21/22/23
491 River Valley Road
t: 6235 1613

Operating Hours:
Mon - Thurs: 11 30am - 11pm
Fri: 11 30am - 12am
Sat - Sun: 8am - 11pm

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