We visited The German Restaurant for a new experience in the bay area and were disappointed by the food, except for one dish. By way of background, my wife is of German descent and had many German meals growing up. We know German food can be flavorful and has more to offer than just wurst. I get the opportunity to eat at domestic German restaurants when on travel. We were a party of 4 and ordered potato pancakes appetizer, and dinners of the German Sampler Platter, Cordon Bleu vom Haehnchen, Wiener Kalbs Schnitzel, and Haehnchengeschnetzeltes "Zuercher Art". Drinks were the Dunkel bier, house Riesling, ice tea, and soda. Desserts; Apple Strudel, Pears Helene,and Icee Kaffee for a total bill of ~ $160. Prices were fair; service was FANTASTIC, food disappointing. The ONLY dish that I would recommend is the Haehnchengeschnetzeltes "Zuercher Art". The mushroom cream sauce and tender chicken were wonderful. The Cordon Bleu Haehnchen and Weiner Kalbs Schnitzel were flavorless, as were the potato dumpling and spaetzle. And the "French fries" were tater tots! The sampler platter had Sauerbraten (no pickling flavor), roast pork (no roast flavor) smothered in different brown sauces - if it wasn't for the sauce there would be no flavor. The platter also had a pork schnitzel - again no flavor and too heavily breaded. The wurst was great, as was the red cabbage, sauerkraut and potato salad. I was concerned at the beginning when our potato pancake starter came out - it was made with frozen string potatoes like Denny's uses for breakfast. As for the deserts, the pears Helene were very good - excellent presentation and tasty, the Icee Kaffee was smooth, flavorful and unique. The Apple Strudel was smothered in a lemon sauce; it was soggy and flavorless. As for our drinks - all were good. The Dunkle Bier was outstanding and the house Riesling refreshing and crisp. As I said earlier - the service was fantastic. The staff was very courteous and attentive. The decor has a lot of German nic-naks at the table and throughout the restaurant giving it a nice German feel.
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