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jaweino | Mar 2, 200312:05 AM     4

We just had a very nice German dinner at Walzwerk, 381 South Van Ness near 15th.

we got there early, about 6:15, and there was one table left in the back room.

One of the owners, Isabel, waited on us, and was very friendly. She sat down at our table and went over the menu, and explained things to us along with a discussion of our dogs.

The drink menu had an excellent selection of german beers, pear cider, and a small selection of german wines.

There were three of us and we ordered two appetizers, Potato Pancakes and Matjes Herring. Three small thick pancakes with a dollop of sour cream on top of each was served. The pancakes were good, not the best I've had. They were made from mashed potatoes with onions added to the mix. The Matjes Herring was different from what I know as Matjes. It was pickled herring in a sour cream sauce with onions, pickles and thinly sliced apples, served with German Pumpernickel. It was a very large portion, and we were happy to be splitting it three ways. It was very tasty. All the flavors blended well. I thought the apples were a good touch in adding sweetness and mildness to the strong flavors of the other ingredients.

For main course we ordered Weiner Schnitzel with spaetzel and red cabbage, Marinated Beef (sauerbraten) with dumplings and red cabbage, and Roast Pork with boiled potato and mixed vegetables, peas, corn and onions. I was especially fond of the pork. It was what I hope for in roast pork, lean, juicy, and flavorful. The beef was marinated very well. A good sour flavor without being too sour. The schnitzell was a standard scnitzel and well executed and very large. The side dishes were all just right, with the spaetzel and red cabbage getting the most compliments.

We had two desserts. They were ok and interesting, but I think next time we'll go over to Mitchell's to finish off the meal. We had the Cold Dog Cake and the Red Berry Pudding. The cake was an East German cake made with thin cookies layered with chocolate and with a chocolate frosting served with a raspberry coulis. The pudding was made from strawberries, raspberries and cream Anglais.

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