Gaumenkitzel has the best vegetable dishes I’ve ever had in the Bay Area. Period.
That includes anything from the superb simplicity of Chez Panisse to the complex magic of Ubuntu.
It is not that Gaumenkitzel does anything special with veggies other than buy the most flavorful produce and manage to coax every bit of taste from it.
I never thought I’d pair the word ‘elegant’ with usually heavy German cuisine. I never thought vegetables would wow me at a German restaurant.
I’ve been to Gaumenkitzel three times – mid-afternoon, breakfast and dinner.
Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
A …... Butternut squash and apple soup
A …... Heritage turkey soup
A …... Unbreaded heritage turkey schnitzel with spatzle
A …... Complementary spiced nuts
A -...... Emperor’s pancake (Kaiserschmarrn)
A -...... Black forest cake with German kirsch
B …... Complementary bread
B …... Coffee
B …... Augustinerbrau Edelstoff beer
B …... Messmer Spatburgunder Pfaiz 2008 red German wine
B - ..... Some sort of cold cut pork loin sandwich
Service: B -
There was a previous topic on the restaurant, but it started anticipating the opening and what it might be. There were some opening glitches.
I started this thread about what it became almost one year later.
I hope if you have not been there since the opening you will not carry your first impression into this topic. If you look at the over 80 reviews currently on yelp, the one and two stars start turning into four and five stars around August. The few remaining low ratings are of the yelpy service type.
For me, it is one of those places that I will probably work my way through the entire menu.
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