After reading local reviews about this new restaurant my wife and I decided to see what it was all about. The restaurant is sort of hidden on the backside of a strip mall which is typical of establishments in the Conjeo Valley. Our reservation was for 6:30, we arrived on time and were seated immediately. There were folks with no reservations trying to get in but it was clear that they were honoring reservations first which I was very happy about. They had community seating in the middle and back wall bench seating around the edges of the room. The back wall with bench seating became more uncomfortable as the night wore on. They had a few pillows around but each person really needed two, one for your back and one for your tush.
I ordered the German potato pancakes as an appetizer. For dinner I ordered the Jager Schnitzel with Spätzle and German Potato Salad. My wife ordered the Bavarian Goulash with Spätzle. The pancakes (3) were good size but seemed to have a bit more filling than potato. They came with sour cream and homemade applesauce which was heavy on the cinnamon but still really tasty. My wife’s goulash was just ok overshadowed by too much salt in the dish. My Schnitzel came out a bit over cooked but the dill sauce made a big difference in helping the dryness along. Unfortunately the spätzle was not hot on either plate which was disappointing. The potato salad was great. The dish isn’t my favorite but I order it sometimes just to taste it again. Because the servings are not necessarily large we both felt hungry after dinner so we ordered Apple Strudel and Apple Dumplings. Both were delicious but doughy which might be the way it is made and I am unaware of that.
Saturday nights they have a polka band show. It was sort of fun for a while. I like quiet dinners myself and if they are going to entertain me I prefer it be with people that can sing. The singer was hoisting beers, singing German folk songs (and YMCA btw-what is that about?) and running around the room trying hard I am sure but she was just not a singer. Once we left the place we became aware just how loud it was inside the restaurant because my ears hurt.
Service was held together solely by two very hardworking guys who served, bussed tables and handled everything else that came at them. For some reason the servers (not to be confused with waitress) were not aware what food went to which tables but these guys handled themselves with 100% professionalism and calm throughout it all.
Although this wasn’t the best experience it was fun and a way to support the mom and pop establishments in my area. I will certainly return when they get all issues ironed out.
The total was $67.00 with no tip and no alcohol.
2160 Newbury Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
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