We settled in for a 45 minute wait, passing the time by chatting with one of the women who worked the register and ogling the desserts which all looked incredibly decadent. Happily our table came up in 20 minutes and we were soon perusing the menu.
I opted for the Chicken Berlin–a breaded chicken breast topped with Jarlsberg cheese, sauteed onions, and apple slices–with pan fried potatoes and the cucumber salad. My hubby selected the Chicken Schnitzel Cordon Bleu–a chicken breast stuffed with Jarlsberg and ham, breaded and pan fried–with pan fried potatoes and a house salad.
Once we placed our orders, we turned our attention to the warm bread basket.
Our salads arrived, timed nicely to coordinate with the demolition of the bread basket. My cucumber salad was a large plate of thinly sliced cucumbers dressed in a thin, yogurt based sauce and seasoned with dill. The cucumbers were reasonably fresh and the sauce was a lovely accompaniment–a nice departure from standard salads. Unfortunately, the tomatoes used for garnish were sad and mealy.
Upon finishing our salads, our entrees came up. The pan fried potatoes were a treat. Piping hot and well seasoned with salt and pepper, the potato pieces had soft centers and crunchier edges. An excellent example of a simple dish well executed. The Chicken Berlin was far more food than I had anticipated, taking up nearly half of a large dinner plate. The sweet and tart apple slices enhanced the sweet onions and played off the more savory cheese and breading. The pairing was pleasant but not amazing–overall the dish lacked that WOW factor. It felt more like comfortable home cooking than really great restaurant fare.
The Ol Heidelberg experience can be summed up as “cozy”. I enjoyed the meal, especially some of the simplest components–the rye bread and the pan fried potatoes. The servers were friendly and approachable (the dessert “menu” was your server escorting you to the large glass case by the register to describe the various cakes on display).
Total for the meal: $41.48 (includes two dinners and two soft drinks)
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