Sunday, November 24, 2013

Schnitzel and Strudel - My Favourite Things - Served Up Hot at Amadeus Cafe

How do you solve a problem like an affordable, delicious dinner out for 40 people of various ages and appetites? You make a reservation at Amadeus Cafe and suggest that they all try chef Brian Breitwieser's "My Favourite Things" special.

Breitwieser has graciously agreed to offer a special meal to his patrons,  themed for our production of The Sound of Music -- quickly suggesting the name (My Favourite Things) and the menu; soup or salad to start, schnitzel with hot German potato salad and veg, and for dessert crisp, home-made apple streudel -- all for $15.00. It sounded so good that we had to try it for ourselves!

Dinner was in the private dining room at six thirty - and it was a cold, snowy, Santa Claus Parade evening. The cast and their guests were fresh from the glow of the parade and the sharp air, and it was lovely to be in the warm atmosphere and hospitality of the restaurant.

The starter soup (of the day) was a mildly-flavoured cream of celery; the starter salad was a soup plate with three taster-sized servings of different salads. On my plate, there was a chilled potato salad, carrot salad and green salad. They were all tasty and fresh.

Most of the cast and their guests ordered the special. Zack Betts shares the role of Friedrich, the oldest VonTrapp boy, and when he was asked what he would order answered, "Oh I am definitely having the special! I'd like an extra large schnitzel." The special was a small schnitzel, however,  it filled half of the plate --  the other half was potato salad. The vegetable serving was placed artistically and pragmatically on the rim  of the plate. The schnitzel and German potato salad both had starring roles - each was delicious and was the perfect companion to the other.

Dessert is always a hit. The apple streudel was light and crisp, and served hot with fresh whipped cream. It was the perfect end to a great dinner.

Everyone in the room commented on the quality of food and service, and the beer menu features many German and Austrian selections. I am already planning another visit.

If you would like to treat yourself and your family to the My Favourite Things special, it is available at Amadeus Cafe on Princess street (between Montreal and Bagot streets). Of course, we recommend pairing the dinner with tickets to The Sound of Music for a holiday family outing that will create memories for a lifetime.

Amadeus Cafe 613 - 546-7468

170 Princess Street

Tickets for The Sound of Music available online at and via The Grand Theatre Box Office

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