Sharing a quick dinner I had with friend from a couple weekends back. Were in OB and Hodad's had a crazy line out. It had been a while since I visited the popular SD burger joint so I was a bit shocked but I'm guessing it might've been partly due to the Comic-Con in town at the time. Anyhow Kaiserhof ended up becoming Plan B.
Was actually my first visit here. Another one of those places from a long
list that I've been meaning to try forever but just never got around. The first and last German restaurant I can remember going to
in SD was Chef Axel in La Mesa back in earlier 2000.
it was almost a comical contrast from the noise and beach goer
casualness at Hodad's. The place is done up nicely, but not to the point
of being too stuffy. Paintings of German castles and other tasteful
paraphernalia hang the walls while the curtains on every window further
help you feel you've been transported.
time. A Hefeweizen sounded perfect for the hot weather. They had two
choices out of at least the dozen or so regularly kept beers on tap. Went for
the Paulaner. Had the familiar initial wheatiness with nice citrus
fruity finish, but felt extra smooth and balanced, probably helped some
by being a draft. Was very refreshing to say the least. The Bitburger
Pils looked pretty good too.
soup was what was being served the day. A nice beefy broth with a home
made taste. Some onion soups I've had tend to have a light bitter
aftertaste but this had none of it and great.
My sausage sampler Wurst Platte
($21.95, including soup or salad). Your artful looking selection of Knackwurst, Bratwurst and Bauernwurst comes resting on a bed of sauerkraut
and red potatoes to the side. I now wish I had asked then which was which. The far right is easy enough and the Knackwurst. A fine
textured which if it were more herby (and white) would've reminded me of
Weisswurst (my all time favorite). This was more garlicky though and I
believe made with beef (instead of veal and pork).
The middle, my familiarity at least by looks would guess the
Bratwurst. I enjoyed the flavor of spices a lot in this. Had little
resemblance to ones I'd get at the supermarket and was really great. By process of elimination I would think the furthest to the left was the Bauernwurst (never had). It was good but maybe my least
favorite of the bunch only because the flavors reminded me of a spicy
Kielbasa or Andoullie. Would be great if they let you choose three
you wanted for the plate.
If all that weren't enough I also had to
try a side of the Potato Pancake. Was pleasantly crispy on the
outside and had a moist potatoey inner with spices and I remember the
additional nice flavors of onions. Comes with some apple sauce. Yum.
tab came about $35 per person. Not exactly cheap but considering what
we had and setting it was well worth it. At an Izakaya
would've easily spent equal to that if not more. If I were a German
transplant and missed the flavor and dishes of home I imagine the place
would be close to godsend. I do know what that can feel like.
Kaiserhof Restaurant & Biergarten, 2253 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107