Nov 3 2013



Hirsch is a hotel in the German town Baden Baden, in the south of Germany, close to the French border. The hotel has quite nice, simple rooms and besides a hotel they also have a restaurant on the ground floor, also called Hirsch. Hirsch means a rain deer in German and the inside of the restaurant reminds you of a house Santa Clause could live in, if he was German and had a house. The inside is very sort of comforting, with wooden and red accents, in a traditional country style.

The menu (all only in German so I needed help and my mum had to translate it for me) had starters and main courses as well as some of their specials which you had to order in advance like Chateaubriand steak. They also served specialties, like goose, on certain days that they listed on the menu (we did not go there on one of these days). My dinner buddy Chris rightly pointed out that out of 5 main courses all of them had meat, so a vegetarian, and even a person that only eats fish would have had problems here. The wine list included local wines and we had a local Baden-Baden Pinot Noir wine which was very light and very nice.

Before our meal we were given a basket of bread as well as a little cup filled with some thick sauce and some radishes. I did not eat the bread, but the radishes were nice and crunchy, typical radishes and the sauce went well with them. I like when restaurants give you healthy things like radishes before the meal as a snack. After we had ordered our food, we were also given a little amuse bouche which was a fish mouse served with 2 different sauces, both of them a take on marie rose sauce, more interesting versions of it, and I quite liked this amuse bouche.

For my starter I had ordered something, which made my 2 German dinner buddies very surprised, the Chefs sausage salad. Usually apparently the portion is huge and they did warn me, so I opted for a smaller portion which was still quite a lot. The chefs sausage salad had a plain, quite low quality sausage (in Latvian we would call it something similar to “doktordesa”) cut into small pieces and served with a mustart type of sauce, cut up pickled cucumbers and the plate was garnished with another small pickled onion, some chicory some onions, a small half egg, and a small piece of tomato. I would not chose this type of sausage salad again that was extremely over dominated by the sausage, but once in a while it is ok to eat it, and I had never had this typical German salad before. It actually was quite nice at the time ofeating it (afterwards I felt a bit heavy and my tummy felt funny as I am not used to eating this sort of food). Not too much creativity in this dish, but a nice solid, what seems to be traditional, sort of dish that would feed a German man.

My mum and our dinner buddy Rene had a salad as their starter which actually had some salad in it (as opposed to my salad), as well as croutons and small pieces of bacon. I tasted it, it had the same dressing as my salad (which was quite nice as I said), it was quite ok, and was also decorated with a small piece of egg and chicory just like my salad. Our dinner buddy Chris opted for the daily special which was a chicken soup.

I chose one of the meat main courses (not like I had a choice), the cheapest one (for EUR19) which was apparently a Swiss typical dish and was veal in a sauce served with potato rosti (I don’t know the exact name of the dish, because as I said the menu was just in German). It sort of reminded me a bit of the dish you get in the restaurant Le Relais de Venice L’Entrecote (which does come from Switzerland and serves steak and fries), and in the same manner the waitress gave me the dish in 2 portions, first she took some meat from the silver large plate (same as in L’Entrecote) and put it on my plate with some potato rosti (which was placed on another one of these silver plates) and then when I had finished, repeated this process and served me more meat and potato rosti. The veal was quite nice, tender, tasty and I liked the sauce. I was not a huge fan of the potato rosti, there was too much fried stuff for my liking. Rene had the same Swiss veal dish but he had it with different type of potatoes as well as some cabbage. He finished his whole portion.

My mum and Chris both had the Rump steak, and my mum wanted to have it with a side salad and Chris had potatoes. My mum’s side salad was huge and like a whole main course. It had so many things in it, some potato salad, a bread with some ham, some egg, lettuce, everything you could imagine a salad to have, and this salad even had a small piece of pumpkin, so clearly this was much more than a side salad in a London restaurant. The dressing was the same one that was also used for our starter salads. The fried potatoes that Chris had ordered were also quite nice, sort of ordinary but I like fried potatoes. I tried my mum’s steak and liked it, I thought it was soft, delicious and also cooked perfect medium. Chris however did not really like it and she thought the cow that this beef came from was super old, not sure how she could tell. Our table also had a side dish of boiled/ steamed vegetables, and Jamie Oliver would have hated these as they were super overboiled and did not have any crunch to it, although I don’t say it in a bad way as sometimes I quite like these sort of super soft vegetables.

The other thing that Chris thought was not great was the coffee, and she thought it was too liquidy and she compared it to the water you wash your dishes in. I am sort of biased as I do like these type of traditional German restaurants where they serve this heavy German food I seldom see in London or anywhere else, but yes if I have to compare it to a normal restaurant this meal was not amazing, but was not bad as well. The waitresses were very sweet and warm, you did not leave hungry and the menu had some interesting (at least for me) things.

Date: 03/ 11/ 13
location: Baden-Baden
Price for 4 people with alcohol: EUR183

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