Hi all! I'm new to this board and I think I'm starting to get the idea re the only thing you guys really want to talk about here -- good food and where to get it and bad food and how to avoid it! ;) So here goes, what I hope will be, my first truly chow-worthy post.
Last night, before seeing a movie at BAM, I had dinner at Thomas Beisel for the first time. The kind of food they serve there seemed like a great way to welcome (and maybe even celebrate) autumn. I have a really hard time letting go of summer, but Thomas Beisel definitely helped me make the seasonal transition. I was very impressed and will definitely go back. The atmosphere, service and food were all very good.
We had a bottle of merlot and I had the beef goulash with spatzele, which was delicious -- tender and tasty. My friend had pork cheeks with sauerkraut and dumplings and that was tender and yummy too. Ya gotta love a place that serves ultratender pork cheeks and beef cheeks unless, of course, you're a vegetarian. I definitely would never go to Thomas Beisel if I was a vegetarian, which I'm not. Meat is definitely one of the main attractions there. Now about those plum dumplings....
I don't usually have dessert when I got out for dinner. I might stop later at a cafe, but I'm not usually ready for dessert immediately after a meal. But we'd both heard that the desserts were great at Thomas Beisel and we had a little time before the movie so we succumbed to the dessert special of the evening: plum dumplings!
Words cannot describe how yummy that plum dumpling was. It was a whole plum surrounded by a melt-in-your mouth dumpling covered with a delicious plum sauce with chunks of more fresh plums. It was plum dumpling bliss.
One of my grandmothers was German and she made a delicious plum cake at this time of the year when I was a kid. We've tried, but nobody in my family has ever been able to make that plum cake just the way nana made it. Last night's plum dumpling, while not the same thing as nana's plum cake, was the closest I've come to that kind of plum dessert bliss in a long, long time. I considered ordering the apple struedel, but that's always on the menu and the plum dumpling was the special dessert -- and, wow, was it special!
I have no idea whether they make this plum dumpling year round, but I'd bet it's a seasonal thing. If you go with a plum dumpling craving, I guess the best thing to do would be call ahead and ask if they're making them that day.