With so many great restaurants in Montreal opening up every ten seconds, it easy to forget the little gems that consistently serve up great meals. One of those such places is the Berlin on Fairmount, corner St-Urbain. If you are looking for authentic german style food, this is the place to go.
Sarah Musgrave rated this place recently, and IMO, as with many of her reviews, she did not take into consideration the format of the meal while ordering. This is a German restaurant, expect the portions to be enormous, so please don't order an appetizer and then act surprised at how full you are...
My most recent meal there consisted of a perfect mixed green salad (the dressing is ridiculously good), followed by an apple schnapps. Both of these were included in the price of my main plate which was a schnitzel covered with a brown mushroom sauce, served with braised red cabbage and spatzle (german dumplings). It is essential to note that substituting spatzle for the usual potatoes is a must, especially since there is no better vehicle for sopping up the tasty sauce. The schnitzel is light and deeply brown thus crispy on the outside, but the meat remains tender on the inside. With this meal, I enjoyed a lovely bottle of Pinot Blanc.
My meal was $21 and the wine $35. I dare you to find a better deal in town... Reservations, as you can imagine, are essential and expect to feel like you entered a time zone. Nothing says authentic more than being in a restaurant where you feel like a minority when you order in English!