Finally got over to Amadeus' (111 Richmond St. W) yesterday. They had a full-on oompah band playing in celebration of Oktoberfest. I wasn't surprised that it was fairly empty though, given that a chunk of people must have gone out of town for the long weekend.
First off, let me say that we were a bit confused as to the differences between the "fine dining hall" and the restaurant proper. We just walked into the first door we came to (coming from Osgoode station), and asked for a table. Afterward the server explained that the fine dining hall was accessible at a separate entrance (the eastern-most door), and that it boasts a more expensive menu--Can anyone confirm that?
The decor is a mash of old and new. The ornate bar, chandeliers, and decked-out server costumes contrast strongly with halogen track-lighting and the sharp finish of the walls. Up a short flight of stairs there are a series of benches and long tables similar to those of a festhallen. I never got a glimpse of the dining room, but I do intend on going there next time to see how much nicer it is.
On to the food:
I started with glass of Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell. The Edelhell is a particularly flat lager with a sweet taste. It was pricey at $7.40 (400 mL); I should have got the Paulaner instead.
My friend ordered the meat and cheese platter ($10) with a side of spaetzle egg noodle dumplings ($3). I ordered a plate of 2 sausage twirls, sauerkraut, potato wedges, and sweet mustard ($12).
Just a brief aside about the menu: they had roughly 10 appetizers mostly under $10, roughly 6 sausage plates ranging from $7-12, and 8-10 entrees all between $15-22. I was very tempted to order an entree, except that I was not that hungry at the time. Everything on the menu looks extremely tasty. Of course, this isn't the joint you want to bring your vegetarian friends to visit.
Back to the food we ordered:
The sausage twirls were soft and juicy--with a dab of mustard it was a delight to eat. The sauerkraut was amazing. Just the right amount of sour to go with the meat. I could have eaten a whole bowl of it. I was a bit reluctant to embrace the potato wedges, but they won me over with their fluffiness and seasoning.
The meat and cheese platter was heavy on meat, light on cheese. I believe there were only two types of cheese: a medium white cheese and a soft, orange cheese spread. The meats were all full of flavour. The platter also comes with about 6 slices of bread, butter, pickles, thinly-sliced onions, and some tomato slices. The spaetzle was lightly seasoned, and in my opinion was a perfect compliment to our meals.
We were't sure if dessert would be in our future, but upon brief reflection we opted to 'see' the dessert/coffee menu. I'm glad we did so, because as it turns out, Amadeus has a great selection of desserts. We decided to split the Black Forest sour-cherry cake.
If at any point we were unsure if this place was a hit, the black forest cake decided the issue for us immediately. It's not often that a dessert can really give me a kick in the pants, but this cake was absolutely perfect. Between the whipped cream, chocolate mousse, dark chocolate flakes, and sour-cherries, it was very hard to stop eating.
In the end, we spent $50 dollars including tax and tip for 2, this included the $7.40 beer.
We only sampled a bit of their menu. Suffice to say, we are excited to go back soon! If you were on the fence about visiting this relatively new restaurant, remember to order the dessert.
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