What is a spaetzle?
A spaetzle is a fresh dumpling/pasta dish originating from Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. ‘Spaetzle’ literally translates to ‘small sparrow’.
What is Spatzle Euro-Market Café?
Spatzle Euro-Market Café is a restaurant located in Shangri-La Mall’s East Wing. It serves European cuisine, mostly food coming from the three countries mentioned earlier. It’s always a bit crowded whenever we pass by this restaurant – I guess the reason why people love to come to Spatzle (aside from the food, of course) is because of its homey, yet quirky restaurant concept.
Completely loved Spatzle’s interior.
Menu: Soups, Salads, Starters (spatz crispy apples), Roesti (chicken and fresh mushrooms), Tarte Flambe (provence, monte blanc), Haus Made Specialty Mains (roast chicken sausage on mushroom spatzle), Freshly-made Pastas (spatz carbonara, gnocchi Bolognese, la mancha), Wraps and Open-Faced Sandwiches (the spatz burger, grun buckwheat galette), Weekend Market Specials (weekend roast pork belly, gnocchi vongole), All Day Brunch, Haus Made Specialty Drinks (all-natural citrus cooler soda, brunch cocktails), Wines, Sodas, Bottled Water, Coffee and Haus Teas, Haus Desserts (frozen brazo de mercedez).
You guys probably expected me to order some wiener schnitzel (which they actually had on the menu), but nope – I chose something else (and besides, wiener schnitzel reminded me too much of katsu)…
New Potato & Mushroom Chowder Soup, which had some seasonal mushrooms and baby potatoes mixed in. It didn’t have much flavor in it, but the soup was still nice and had a rather Earthy taste. It would be great if they served it with some garlic bread instead.
Meanwhile, the one on the left is my drink, the Mint Lemonade…. A delicious and revitalizing thirst-quencher.
Mom’s drink was their hot Peppermint Tea.
Spatz-Folded Thin Pancake. This isn’t really a pancake pancake, more like a super-thin crepe, actually? It comes with a small, sunny-side up egg with strawberry cream cheese on the side, and a few strips of bacon. The bacon was amazing because it wasn’t greasy, yet still had a nice crunch. The pancake is also stuffed with mozzarella cheese and strawberries – This may seem like a strange combo, but trust me… It works. I liked this dish very much.
Grilled Sausage Roesti – Preservative-free grilled Italian sausage with another sunny-side up egg and gravy. FYI, roesti is a potato pancake dish that is traditionally eaten as a breakfast or snack food in Switzerland. Like the soup, the roesti could use a little more salt (I guess that’s the reason why there’s a small bowl of gravy accompanying it). The sausage was great, though, and the meat inside was definitely all-natural. Spatzle’s roesti stands out from other restaurants’ roesti because the resto uses a unique method in slicing their potatoes.
I had a great time here at Spatzle because the food here was different from what I would usually try on a regular basis. And this is actually my first time to try a restaurant that serves German/Swiss-centric cuisine, and I’m happy to say that their dishes left a good impression on me.
Food: 4.5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)
Spatzle Euro Market Cafe is located at 5/F East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor Shaw Blvd Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Links: Facebook.