The bottom line: Pleasantly surprised and looking forward to a second visit!
I have to start by saying that I feel like I’ve been on a hiatus! With the holidays being over it just now starts to seem like we can get back into the swing of things. A little break never hurts anyone and I’m excited to start off the year by telling you all about my adventure at Waldhorn Restaurant!
If you have been in Charlotte long enough to venture outside the metro area there is a high possibility that you might have driven past Waldhorn on your way to Carolina Place Mall or some place else near there. From the outside the restaurant is very hard to miss. It’s facade evokes an European feel and it seriously reminds me of a house that could have existed in the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale (random, I know). Although I have been in Charlotte long enough and have driven past this restaurant plenty of times it wasn’t until recently that I went there with a group of people from work that I finally got to try it.
The extent of my experience with German food only covers a brief encounter with Sauerkraut and Bratwurst when I made a pit stop in Munich during one of my travels. However, that one meal was enough to pique my interest into what German food was all about. It was one of the reasons why I was really excited to visit Waldhorn. The restaurant itself is pretty spacious and decorated in all things German. There is even an old man in a lederhosen going around serenading tables! They also have a beer club, and I mean who can go wrong with drinking German beer, right? However, I digress. Let’s talk about the food.
I went into Waldhorn with one thought in mind. I would try their Bratwurst sampler plate. I thought back to the one that I had in Munich and my mouth couldn’t help but water. However, I am sorry to report that I opted out of it and went for something not so German. I’ll cut to the chase on this decision and it mainly was because thanks to handy google and wikipedia I found out some of the sausages included in the sampler had veal as an ingredient. Now I am not one to shy away from food but I draw my line at certain places and eating veal is one of those. Many may disagree with me but it’s not something I am into based on principle. Having said that I’ll move on to what I did have because it was delicious. Pictured above is my dish which was a blue cheese encrusted steak on top of mashed potatoes with a side of broccoli.
I’ve mentioned before steak is not my forte but man oh man was this one so good! I even went a little on the wild side and ordered mine medium. And I’ve been forever converted to having my steak that way from now on (good bye well done!). The steak was so flavorful and tender and the blue cheese provided saltiness to the meat. The mashed potatoes were a very well received side dish that highly complimented the meat also. They were fluffy and smooth and had the right amount of seasoning. I also highly liked the broccoli although there was nothing special done to it. I think they were blanched but in reality they needed nothing else because the steak packed in all the flavor needed for the dish. I ate everything on my plate. Now I know that’s not a rarity in my world but when it comes to steak it kind of is a big deal. I really highly enjoyed this dish and would definitely go back to Waldhorn for it again.
Besides the different types of Bratwurst Waldhorn also has many other traditional German dishes that I would certainly like to get to taste. They also have Riesling that hails all the way from Germany and being that it’s one of my favorite type of wine well there’s another excuse that I can use to go pay it a visit 🙂