Biergarten, Brewery and Kitchen
There’s a new microbrewery in town, and if what they’ve set in motion is anything to go by, we've got some exciting times ahead. Located in Whitefield, the Biergarten Brewery and Kitchen opened up some time in July but got their beers on tap quite recently. Having missed the big opening night party, I was invited to try out the brews and the food a few weeks ago. After a rather harrowing drive to Whitefield, we were pining for some nice cold beer from the moment we arrived. The friend and I kicked off with the dark lager and the wheat beer respectively. The wheat beer is perfectly cloudy and unlike some of the other counterparts doesn’t have the overpowering aromas of banana and cloves. With just the right body and head that lasts for a decent amount of time, this is an ideal summer beer. I had a few sips of the dark lager, but don't remember too much to write.
We had a slightly different idea of what to expect when we ordered the Firecracker Prawns. Spicy and crunchy were the two adjectives we had in mind. However, while the prawns were crunchy and cooked perfectly, there was no spice at all. While the description did mention that it was an oriental preparation, none of the flavours, except for the honey-chilli dip that accompanied the prawns, there was nothing oriental. No complaints on what was served though, the perfectly cooked crunchy pastry with equally crunchy prawns were good. What did catch our fancy in terms of flavour was the Lamb Galouti. Served with a little Indian flat bread, the lamb was tender to a point it almost melted in our mouths, had a perfect blend of spices with a little mint chutney on top and perfectly complemented both beers. Unfortunately, the prawns got put aside and we polished the plate of kababs sooner than we would have liked to. The German-styled Pork Spare Ribs were next on the list. Cooked just a bit under, the meat was still quite tender. What hit it out of the park for us was the barbecue sauce that came along with it. Without being overly sweet, the sauce allowed the flavours of the meat to shine through.
PS – Extra barbecue sauce was ordered to polish off the prawns.
Before we hit the main course, I ordered the Lager. I had heard a fair bit about the lager, and had even read that they sold out in a matter of days after introducing the same. The sceptic in me chalked it up to ‘new restaurant still getting their act together’. I take back every bit of scepticism I had, because that lager was simply magnificent. Perfectly crisp with just the right amount of bitterness without it being the lingering after-taste, the lager was A grade stuff and announced the arrival of Biergarten as a serious contender in the city’s microbrewery scene. My friend who stuck to a single beer that evening had a taste of the lager, and we both wished we had ordered that first instead. Without complicating the flavours, the lager sticks to tradition but makes it taste so good, making it an ideal accompaniment for burgers, pizza and the works. Take a bow Biergarten!
For the main course, we ordered the Pulled Pork burger and the Lamb Shanks. The burger offered a delightful combination of flavours; the salty pork , the sweet flavours of the cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce, the mild spiciness of the pickle, all made the burger a messy yet memorable eating affair. The Lamb Shanks were prefect for us. With feedback on the pork ribs being done a tad under, a good amount of time was spent on the lamb to make it come off the bone effortlessly. While the spinach didn’t play much of a role in terms of either flavour or texture, the herb jus and the mashed potatoes were a perfect match for the lamb. My second favourite dish of the evening, after the Lamb Galouti.
As far as the ambience goes, a lot of work has gone into making the place actually seem like a garden. With simple colours of green and white, the atmosphere is welcoming and makes you want to sit for hours on end. Service is a little on the slower side, but then the venue isn’t the place to one goes to, just to leave in a hurry. The restaurant claims to be drawing a very good crowd from the adjacent offices during the weekdays, and with a lager like that, I’m buying this claim. While there is a little more work that is taking place in getting the menu tweaked to offer better pub fare, and work on getting a fourth beer on tap soon, whatever I’ve seen and tasted so far definitely has me excited. The venue is also looking to bring in bands to play on the weekend, so that’s double the joy for someone like me.
Biergarten has a strong foundation in place. Sticking to simple delightful beer, especially the lager…did I tell you about the lager?.... Whitefield just got a lot more interesting. A little bit of work on the food and just a tad quicker service, Biergarten is all set to compete with the “other microbrewery” that side of the woods. It’s a simple formula for me - “ Consistent Good Beer” is what it takes to put one among the top microbreweries in the city.