Location: 180 Esplanade Street, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M1K0
The Black Forest Restaurant is a German restaurant that is just a 2-minute walk away from the Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. It seemed quite authentic. The interior had a tavern-like decor, and playing in the background was some kind of German music radio.
We ordered beers imported from Germany. Admittedly, an ice cold beer was very refreshing after a nice soak in the hot springs.
Originally, we wanted to order one big dish to share; however, we were informed by the server (and the menu’s fine prints) that sharing only one dish would result in a $4.95 “sharing charge”. Therefore, we decided to order an appetizer as well.
Appetizer – Potato Pancakes with Mushroom Gravy ($8.95)
To be blunt, these pancakes are essentially herb-flavoured hash browns. Each one of these were about 1 cm thin. They came hot and crispy, but the edges were slightly charred. While it was rich and thick, the mushroom gravy added much needed moisture to the pancakes. Unfortunately, they only gave us enough sauce to cover one pancake instead of two.
Entree – Schnitzel & Rack of Lamb ($32.95)
This platter had enough food to feed two Molangs. Let’s break it down by components.
Schnitzel: Crispy skin. A little bit dry on the inside. It was missing a lemon wedge…
Lamb chops: Cooked to medium. Came with a red wine demi-glace (this time they didn’t skimp out on the sauce). The herb crust was just salty.
Red cabbage: Quite refreshing with all the other heavy ingredients on the dish. It paired well with the schnitzel.
Potatoes and veggies: Standard affair.
Molang Scores & Verdict
We can’t help but to think that the prices were jacked up due to the area being a tourist attraction. While we enjoyed the ambiance of the Black Forest Restaurant, the food wasn’t great. Nonetheless, when you are on vacation, you can’t afford to be too picky.
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