Bratar burgers and Bratwurst

Yesterday, after an afternoon spent clothes shopping (and not for me I might add – although I did get some new winter boots) Jan, me and a friend we had met in town decided to try out the new burger and Bratwurst restaurant that’s arrived in Karlsruhe. By “new” I of course mean it arrived some time in the summer and we hadn’t got round to trying it out yet…

The table we chose to sit at
The table we chose to sit at

The basic concept behind Bratar seems to be organic and local. The menu assured us that the pigs from the Bratwurst are kept in a manner appropriate to the species, with plenty of space and the right kind of food. They live in Schwäbisch Hall, which makes them local in the sense that it’s the same Bundesland (and there probably aren’t too many pig farms in the Karlsruhe area, to be fair).

All three of us chose to drink Alpirsbacher beer and eat a burger. The burgers come in three different sizes – single, double and triple. I chose the double burger, which was 300 g of beef! They also had turkey burgers, vege-burgers and a children’s beef burger, which I assume was smaller. All the burgers come with lettuce, tomato, onions and gherkin (I ordered mine without the gherkin) and you can then add extra ingredients yourself. The list of extra ingredients is fairly long and I’ve already decided I will have to go back to try out more combinations! This time I went for jalepenos, goat’s cheese and bacon. The bacon was grilled and very tasty, but I think another cheese would have been better in this combination… the mid taste of the goat’s cheese was pretty much drowned out by the generous portion of jalapenos. That was my fault though, nothing to do with the restaurant! You can also choose from three different types of bread bun, although I just went with the traditional burger bun that it comes with automatically. To go with my burger, I chose the rosemary potatoes, which were amazing! I love potatoes, and these ones were nice and crispy with just the right amount of rosemary. They came with a sour cream dip, which also contained rosemary and provided a nice contrast to the spiciness of the jalapenos.

My burger... please excuse the terrible photography!
My burger… please excuse the terrible photography!

The kitchen, which is in the middle of the restaurant, has glass walls so you can see inside. I saw some chips (fries) through the window as we were leaving and thought they looked tasty too… nice thick cut chips, not the barely there “fries” you get at McDonalds and co.! This is definitely the best burger I’ve had in Karlsruhe and I intend to go back some time.

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Stamp of Approval Saturday (on Sunday)

We have returned from visiting the boyfriend’s family, and already he’s disappeared again to help set up for a conference that’s taking place in Karlsruhe from tomorrow. Never mind… it gives me plenty of time to catch up with the blogging world.

Once again, I’m linking up with Alex at Ifs, Ands & Butts for Stamp of Approval Saturday to bring you my favourite Internet finds of the week.

1. First up is Morbid Holiday, a site which describes itself as being “updated daily with a new offbeat comic or cartoon”. Unfortunately, the artist only did the daily thing for one year, so updates are now sporadic at best (there was a post yesterday, but before that there hadn’t been any updates since October) but if, like me, you only found it now, you have a whole year’s worth of hilarious comics to go through. My favourite is the real Cookie Monster:

The real Cookie Monster
The real Cookie Monster

2. Next is this summary of why Mrs Doubtfire is actually the most horrifying movie of all time. I literally laughed out loud at this. Not even kidding!

3. Another one from Buzzfeed, 31 Inanimate Objects With Secret Inner Lives. As someone who sees faces EVERYWHERE I adore this.

4. And finally, UHpinions, a site that gathers genuine funny reviews from Amazon, Yelp! etc. Some of them are utterly hilarious!

That’s all from me. Who gets your Stamp of approval this week? Don’t forget to check out Ifs, Ands & Butts for more excellent things from the Internet.