So the lady and I decided to go to Gugelhupf before a performance in downtown Durham recently. While we were hoping for something a little different than what we would find at lunch, we wound up with nice atmosphere, pleasant service, but overall mediocre food.
Alsation Potato/Leek Torte - This was probably the best item of the evening. It was a pretty sizable chunk of torte (instead of mini personal torte). The crust was very flaky and the torte didn't fall to pieces when you cut into it.
The kaseplatte (cheese plate) - I wish I could remember what four cheeses were represented here. One was a cheddar and one was a soft sweet cows milk cheese (looked like brie but was not). Those two were our favorites as the others were pretty strong. I liked the strong cheeses but as whole preferred the other two. One of the stronger cheeses was a blue cheese. The figs and spread were good as was the bread (of course).
The restaurant was running a white fish special with risotto. The lady said the dish was only okay and that it was all around bland. She had hoped it would have more seasoning. It wasn't bad as she ate most of it (she was pretty hungry), but she was definitely left underwhelmed.
I had the Maultaschen. These are 3 huge (almost empanada sized) noodles made in house and filled with blue cheese, walnuts and sweet potato. The flavor was different for me and I liked it. The sauce that the noodles, which were toothsome (a plus), were sitting in didn't really add much to the dish that I could tell. Now my ignorance may show on the next comment, but this dish was room temp. So I'm not sure if it was suppose to be hot or even warm at least, but it was not and that left me a bit bothered. I did finish the dish as it tasted good, but in the future, I hope they will mind the temps of the dishes they send out.
Before hand we had time to go to the bakery and picked out a huge linzer cookie to share for afterward. The lady stated this was probably the best part of the whole meal and that she just left feeling meh. The dessert "cart" looked nice but we'll save that for any potential return trips.
I would have to say that Gugelhupf has its heart in the right place. I'd like to see more German (or twist on such) offerings if that is what they are trying to present (something akin to that was stated in the local paper). However, our first experience was a bit underwhelming with too many hits and misses. While we won't give up on it, it may not be our first choice in the near future.