My wife and I had dinner at the Gasthof Hazen last night after reading the positive comments from other TripAdivisor reviewers. We had high expectations, but were still unprepared for the brilliant experience that awaited us. The restaurant is located in a five star hotel in the scenic town of Herrenberg. As soon as we walked through the door we begin to feel as though we'd been transported a hundred years back in time. We were seated in a cozy dining room with dark wood paneling, low arches, and stained glass windows. Although almost every table was occupied, the atmosphere was subdued and peaceful, there were no loud talkers or screaming children. It reminded me of some of the more formal restaurants I've been to in Europe. My wife and I had a Kir Royale and a crisp Hockdorf before enjoying perfectly prepared mixed salads and bowls of cream soup made from carrot, pear, and ginger. Absolutely delicious! The salad was served with freshed baked bread, creamy butter, and compotes of olives and pickled pepper. I'd go back just for the soup and salad it was so good. When the main course arrived we were again pleasantly surprised with the presentation, aroma, and appearance of our dishes. I had a zweibelrostbraten or rump steak with onion gravy and spatzle, while my wife had perch with reisling sauce, rice and a perfect Swabian vegetable medley. There was not one thing to complain about. I ordered my steak medium and it came out medium. The service was impeccable and our accolades to the staff were non-stop. My wife's rice was unusually good with a very subtle but pleasant sweetness. Her perch was delicate and tasteful and the sauce that complimented it was likewise subtle and did not overpower the fish or vegetables. The waitress recommended an excellent regional wine to go with the perch. My fare was traditional Swabian comfort good, expertly prepared and completely satisfying. The smiles never left our faces and we knew we'd be returning frequently. Lastly, we savored two wonderful desserts. I opted for the apple fritters with ice cream, while my wife had the creme custard. We each thought our dessert was the best, but loved the little fried apple donuts garnished with fresh whipped cream and a sprig of mint. It went perfectly with the strong coffee I had as an end to my meal. As we were leaving we noted that the hotel with be having a special spargel dinner on June 3rd, I recommend you make reservations well in advance if you wish to attend, I have a feeling it will be a sellout event. The Gashoff Hazen is a wonderful establishment we felt was very reasonably priced. We highly recommend it!
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