Wednesday, 2 July 2014
Käsespätzle + Kalbsschnitzel @Alemannen\Hof Boutique Hotel, Titisee
Parking at the centre of Titisee during our recent holiday was a real nightmare. Not only were they scarce, it either cost way too much for a two hour period or they were about to close for the day, and mind you, it was not even dinner time yet. Hubby decided to try his luck further up the strench, away from the tourist buses. And we found a gem, slightly hidden but the moment you walk near, you are greated with a view! But a few step closer, I realise that it is actually the much talked about Alemannen Hof from the tripsadvisor threads I´ve read. It seems that this place offer fine dining only so I was very sceptical if we should even go it. But soon, it got me excited upon noticing that they do offer ´Menu of the Day`which was more reasonable priced! Hooray!
Needless to say, all the lovely seats at the verandah with the gorgeous view overlooking the Black Forest Hills were fully taken. It was a spontaneous decision to come here so, we shouldn´t be complaining really. The restaurant was running at full capacity. And it was a week day. I take it as a good sign that their food is good but, it also means ... more waiting time. And our tummies were rumbling.
In any circumstances, who likes waiting. But Alemannen Hof, a boutique hotel did live up to its reputation by serving us with two, and not one complimentary starter whlie we waited. We had a refreshing cucumber soup with tint of spice in it, served with a generous portion of freshly baked bread, and next to it were a petit serving of tomato salsa. Very simple, but truly enjoyable because it is done right.
The staff were very apologetic when our food were still nowhere to be seen. I was not looking at the clock really because we were after all in a holiday mood, and are both simply too mesmerised by the view around us. Before knowing it, a palate cleanser arrive on our table. I am not accustom to being serve a palate cleanser before starting our main, but it is a neat gesture nevertheless.
Our main arrived immediately after our palate cleanser were cleared. That was fast, because we did finish it up in less than 5 minutes. Our main course must have been waiting for us? Anyway, as the saying goes, eat local when you travel is my motto, and thats what I did. The speciality of the area is Käsespätzle and I have been wanting to try them. It was delish. Very cream, bordering heart-attack sinful kinda creamy but who cares. I savour each single bite, relishing in the cheese flavour but towards the end, I struggled a little to finish them up. That is the thing with cheese base dishes. It is very filling and having them during summer really does fill you up quickly.
Hubby is a meat man so naturally, he was drawn into the Schnitzel list. Schnitzel as many knows originates from Vienna and are made from Calb, so in a way it is not eating local. But the daily menu list is short and this is the one that caught hubby´s fancy.
In Black Forest area, one cannot help but order Black Forest everything for all meals. From Black Forest Cake to Black Forest Ice Cream to Black Forest Sundae. Its inevitable. But be warn! The locals here can get pretty heavy handed with their Kirschwässer or Cherry Liquor. So when you order a Black Forest Sundae like us, do expect a Black Forest Cocktail instead!