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Old Heldelberg - Bethel, CT

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Old Heldelberg - Bethel, CT

NRW | Sep 20, 2005 07:31 PM

We've been looking and hoping for a decent German restaurant in Southwestern Connecticut for quite some time. When we heard that Helga's up in Bethel had changed hands and become Old Heidelberg, we decided to give it a try. The good news: pleasant decor and nice service. The bad news: The food is less than memorable. We began with potato pancakes, the interior of which was mush, not recently grated potatoes. The pancakes, a savory appetizer, were served with a covering of confectioners sugar. Weird. We followed with Wiener Schnitzel, Red Cabbage, and Spaetzle. The cabbage was fine and could easily have been from a can. The spaetzle was OK. The schnitzel, however, was one step above inedible. The meat was marginal and the breading was anything but light. The portions were huge and could easily serve two, assuming that anyone would be interested in eating this stuff. We moved on to dessert and were told that palaczinka was on the menu. Their version, however, was filled with ice cream, not the apricot or similar fillings that are typical in Central European cuisine. Another option was apple strudel, which we ordered. What arrived resembled no apple strudel we had ever had. It was 99% puff pastry with nary a filling, but lots of confectioners sugar on top. Based on this one visit, we suspect that the new owner is far more adept at marketing than he is at cooking. Not Recommended.

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