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Authentic German cuisine with Austrian flair

HEARTY, fresh, delicious food — that’s more or less what we need to get through the winter.

Traditional Bavarian food galore at Zeitgeist guarantees an incredible dining experience. In fact, the restaurant feels like a slice of Bavaria in the heart of Shanghai.

“We wanted to recreate a typical German restaurant like one can find in Munich. Our focus is on traditional dishes that have the same authentic tastes as back home. Besides our core, which is food, Zeitgeist is a bar that has all the drinks to make everyone happy,” said the restaurant’s partner David Lazarowicz, who is from Bavaria.

I visited Zeitgeist in 2017 when it opened and recently returned. The menu is bigger and the atmosphere is warmer.

“I think a big difference compared to other German restaurants in town is the overall feeling we are trying to create here,” said Lazarowicz. “We work hard to make everyone feel at home and welcomed. We can see that impact on the large number of regular customers we have. Another difference is that we are not only German but also have an Austrian influence, as we have an Austrian partner Herwig Petschnig, which gives us a special flavor.”

While other German restaurants try to recreate Bavarian style with an almost Disney-like atmosphere, Zeitgeist emphasizes tradition, honest cuisine and, above all, comfort.

Its hearty fare is perfect for sharing among friends. There are quite a few specialities, but the two most popular are the crispy roasted pork knuckle and big sausage platter. Both are essential if you’re a first-time diner here.

Pork knuckle is a veritable symbol of Bavarian food and beer culture. Each knuckle is prepared fresh to ensure the best taste and a crispy crust. The sausage platter is a great introduction to a variety of German sausages, such as beef debreziner, thuringia and nuremberg. And don’t forget to order the pretzel, which is kept warm after baked in the oven and serves as an authentic start to the evening.

“We have a big menu with all the classic dishes, ranging from schnitzel to roasted pork, and delicious cold-cut platters and snacks for in-between. We try to keep all our dishes as authentic as possible, because we believe that our guests enjoy the true taste more than an adopted one,” Lazarowicz said.

In order to keep the menu interesting, Zeitgeist has a seasonal menu change every few months. It currently offers appealing seasonal dishes like stewed deer shank and roasted rack of deer. Cheese fondue is also available to warm up the winter.

Of course, it wouldn’t be an authentic Bavarian experience without beer. There are several beers on draft and by the bottle. Lazarowics said his favorites are the classic German helles such as Brander Urstoff and Kaltenberg. “On Sunday, König Ludwig wheat beer is a great choice to calm down and relax,” he said.


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