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Celery | Aug 20, 200201:52 PM     5

Went with a group of 8 to Speisekammer, a relatively new German restaurant in Alameda last Friday. Started with pickled herring which was a big hit, the plate was licked clean. Potato pancakes were of the shredded and deepfried version - and were overcooked
(depending on who you asked, by either a little or a lot) so very crispy.

Food is your basic heavy German food - meats, potatoes and cabbage. The Sauerbraten and smoked pork shank were really tasty. Wasn't as thrilled with the venison medallions or the jagerschnitzel in mushroom sauce - the sauce was good but the pork wasn't very tender and the spatzle didn't have much flavor (but it probably doesn't usually).

The red cabbage on the side was still pretty crunchy and had an odd spice taste to it (couldn't quite place the spice). Some dishes came with a green salad, basically an overdressed plate of whole leaves of
red leaf lettuce.

There are a couple of vegetarian options - spatzle with cheese and onions (think mac and cheese) and quark and potatoes.

Prices seemed reasonable, most entrees around $12-14

Full bar, beer list had 7 or 8 German beers and wine list was pretty extensive - I don't know much about German wines, but I enjoyed what I had - Selway Pinot Noir Blanc and a Kupfarberg Gold sparkling wine.

Service was very casual, as in "hi, I'm your waiter", auctioning off plates at the table (who had the wiener schnitzel?) and busboys picking up individual plates as diners finished. If you expect more of service, beware. It was packed the whole time we were there, so maybe the service doesn't bother other people.

All in all if you're craving German food and in the East Bay, it's not a bad choice and since they've only been open a few months, hopefully it'll improve. But Walzwerk or Suppenkuche are probably better if you're in the city (and I enjoyed Walzwerk much more than this)

Speisekammer
2424 Lincoln Ave
Alameda
510-522-1300

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