Date: Jan 26th 2014 1:56p.m.

Contributed by:
ywang16

Walking into Zeit Berlin, you’re immediately taken in by the earthy surroundings while standing among the wooden steakhouse tables, spacious lounges and log cabin-like décor, all mixed with a contemporary sense of simplicity and cleanliness.

Zeit Berlin is deliberately located away from traditional expat hangouts, acting as more than a restaurant for hordes of disinterested tourists—it seeks to be a cornerstone for the German community in Beijing. Besides its parties, meetings and cinema nights, Zeit Berlin also serves some decent German food.

We tried one of their standard bread-and-butter meals, the currywurst with fries (RMB78). The homemade curry sauce had a captivating sweetness to it that kept us coming back to have another bite, with a light curry aftertaste. Similar staple foods on their menu also feature homemade elements which add a twist to every dish, even for the discerning tastebuds of native Germans.

Our favorite dish was the XXL Berlin knuckle of pork with sauerkraut and potato (RMB168). It’s a little pricey, but the hefty portion was easily shared by two. This impressively large ham hock was simply delicious. The meat was steamed to a perfect tenderness, the texture was so smooth, and the meat filled with juice and flavor. Dipped in mustard and topped with sauerkraut, every bite was hearty and satisfying.

For dessert, we ordered the fried bananas with honey and vanilla ice cream (RMB38), a homemade recipe. We were impressed by the contrast between the crunchy shell and frothy banana and the separation of hot and cold of the bananas with the ice cream—overall, very well prepared.

Complement your meal with a Franziskaner dark beer (RMB58), imported from Germany. This creamy, soft brew is thoughtfully served chilled at just the right temperature.

Our rating: 4/5 stars

 

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