Friday, February 20, 2009

Deutsches Haus at the Vancouver Alpen Club

This place is close to my house and has been open since 1935, so there's quite a bit of history. As a kid, I used to think it was a middle ages themed restaurant because of all the escutcheons (shield part of the coat of arms) on the outside of their wall. While German cuisine is not exactly what I envisioned (being a knight and eating giant turkey legs), I figure it's meaty enough to be an adequate substitute.

Vancouver Alpen Club
4875 Victoria Dr (33rd Avenue)
Vancouver,BC V5N 4P3

We went when they recently painted on the mural, I think it looks great compared to how plain it was before. A thing to note is that the entrance to the restaurant is downstairs by the mural.

Vancouver Alpen Club Deutsches Haus

We came on a bad night as they had trouble finding a table for us. They felt bad for seating us alone in the less formal part of the room, so they asked if we were comfortable with eating at one of the reserved tables before the patrons showed up. In hindsight, it was a poor choice. Though we finished before the guests arrived, another patron (in the same predicament) was seated with us half way into our meal. It was a bit awkward.

My server recommended the kassler rippchen, I think it was $16. The fried onions were delicious, as were the mashed potatoes. I found out that I'm not a big fan of sauerkraut though. Notably, the server did mention that any of the sides could be substituted. Together, the gravy, mashed potatoes, and the pork loin tasted great. Alone, the pork was kind of odd to eat. It was similar to eating a giant piece of smoked ham, which I guess shouldn't be surprising given its description on the menu (smoked, cured pork loin).

Vancouver Alpen Club Deutsches Haus, kassler rippchen

My dining companion got the gefüllte hühnerbrust, which was a stuffed chicken breast.

Vancouver Alpen Club Deutsches Haus, gefüllte hühnerbrust

Overall, I found the meals to be a bit pricey for what they are and while service was keen on being accommodating, the end result was unusual and uncomfortable. I am not against coming back just to try some of their other dishes. I just have to remember to reserve a table.

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