This nationally acclaimed restaurant is nestled in a century old home that has been transformed into one of the lower mainland's most popular eating establishments. Enjoy first class European cuisine served with flare, style and pride.
I used to come out from Abbotsford for this place, back in the day. I don't think I have been here in around 10 years and I always had fond memories of it. We were at the Burnaby Village Museum and thought we'd give them a try on a Sunday night. The place was packed at 6:30pm on a Sunday and we did not have a reservation. We were greeted promptly and asked if we had a reso. "No, we're not that smart..." We were told "people are leaving so we can seat you shortly..." We waited around 5-10 minutes and were seated easily.The bread plates were still warm from the dish washer (kudos.) I like this place because it resembles an old house. It's sorta kitchie, but it makes sense when you get your plate.
My friend and I had the combo plate (bratwurst, schniztel and rouladen). Our ladies had the Rouladen plate and the other had the scallops and prawns on spatzle. I did not share because everything was great, even the red cabbage, which I normally cannot be bothered to try, was amazing. The brat was lean and not too salty, the beef of the rouladen was tender and moist and the schnitzel was flavourful and not oily. It had a heavy peppered, heavy gravy which is perfect for me, while be forwarned, it's heavy on pepper.
Not for the calorie conscious diner, but a great experience. Our server had worked there for 10+ years and said there is new owners in the last 5 years while the cook is the same from even before her. thankfully that was the case because dinner was a total "re-do."
First, the weird stuff. The house is fronted by what I guess is a Sri Lankan couple. But, once you get over the incongruence and immerse yourself in the romantic atmosphere and the lilting German, the love affair begins. This small piece of Germanic Europe in New West serves great schnitzel and rouladen and beer. Full of geriatric Germans and a few intrepid youngin's looking to get in on the next food craze. Loved the Teutonic Maiden who served us beer. Fun and plenty.
It looks as if you are walking into a true Geman/Austrian restaurant,and you do.
The decor is pleasantly kitchy,the servers are very attentive and good at what they do.
Coquette St. Jaques,and prawns provencal for appies,along with a ceasar salad. All 10's.
Chicken cordon bleu and schnitzel and bratwurst for mains. Again, a solid 10.
The schnitzel portion was a very healthy size,and meals come with seasonal veggies,roast potatoes,and red cabbage sides.
The desserts,chocolate mousse and seasonal fruit home made cheesecake,was a nice end to the dinner.
Judging by the amount of take away containers,the portions are more than adiquate for what you pay.
This is by far a shining jewel in New West's crown.
We've been coming here for the past 2 years - always around July and it never disappoints! Sitting outdoors on a summer day with German beer is awesome! We usually order bratwurst and schnitzel, & the combination dinner. The Spatzle is wonderful. The goulash, while small is delicious! An ebook favorite! =)
I've always wanted to try the schnitzel here, but I'm only close to New West during workdays and unfortunately, they are not open for lunch.
Luckily, before heading to do some shopping near the area one evening (and also armed with an Entertainment coupon), we were able to stop by for dinner.
Excitment soon filled me as we walked into the century old home. My anticipation built as we waited a while at the door for a seat. We were finally seated in the main dining section, which was nearly full. We waited some more before it was our turn to order from the lone server. By this time, we have already waited about 15 minutes just to order and hunger pains were developing from the aromas emanating from neighbouring tables.
We waited and waited and watched the one server move non-stop to take orders, deliver food, do check-ups, grab bills, etc. All the while, in my opinion, they should trust the more-than-competent bus girl to do some of the server duties too. After more than 30 minutes later after ordering, my boyfriend and I ran out of things to talk about and hunger was starting to take its toll. Fatigue and grouchiness took over.
When we finally got our meal - we were definitely rewarded. My Madagascar chicken schnitzel was delicious. The spaetzel in place of potatoes was a tad dry, but teamed with the warm red cabbage...yummy.
The meal was definitely worth the wait - next time I'll be sure to bring a book or something.
If you plan on going, which you should - bring an entertainment coupon or visit them on a Wednesday. Otherwise, be prepared to spend about $20 for an entree and soda.
We have not been to Old Bavaria House for a few years but we have always enjoyed our dinners there.
The ambiance I've rated as just decent because we were stuck in the upstairs dining room even although we had made reservations. We were told that we should specify in future that we do not want the upstairs dining room. They have a tendency to put their large groups up there and it gets very loud. I really like a more relaxed atmosphere when I'm dining out. WE had to speak very loudly to hear each other and it is just not enjoyable. Because they had a couple of large groups upstairs I felt the the service suffered. No one came to check on us at all during the course of our dinner to see if everything was okay. It was but I still feel someone should have checked to see if we needed anything during our time there.
We both had an appetizer. My husband had a nice spicy goulash soup and I had the Spatzle. For entrees we both had schnitzel - schnitzel Madagascar for my husband and schnitzel cordon bleu for myself. Portions were very generous, food was well prepared and the prices were certainly reasonable for what we had. The schnitzels came with fried potatoes, red cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. For dessert we shared a peach melba. It was not a very interesting dessert. The raspberry sauce was totally lacking and flavour. With the entertainment coupon dinner with 1/2 litre of wine and a drink was $82.00. It was very good value.
We would definitely return but we would specifically ask for the downstairs dining room next time.
Second time there on a Wednesday. Great deals on the Wed specials sheet. Party of 10 and everyone raved about the quality and quantity. Funny thing is we had the same waiter as last time, Trevor is the name and he sure added some fun and joviality to the evening. This was one of those times you add a little more to the tip because you want him to know you had a good time. I will be adding Old Bavaria Haus to my favourites list.
A bunch of us were on the prowl for some schnitzel and after seeing the reviews here it was off to Old Bavaria. This place is in a house set up to look like a little piece of the old country or something. Luckily, nobody in the place was wearing liederhosen.
I started with a lentil soup just like grandma would have made if she was from Bavaria, and followed up with the schnitzel and bratwurst combo. It featured the usual red cabbage and roasted potatoes but I added a side of saurkraut because it was homemade. Of course I had to have both a Warsteiner and a dunkel beer (whose name I forget). They also have wheat beer on tap, but I wasn't into that.
The rest of the group had ziguener schnitzels, schnitzel cordon bleu, and the basic wiener schnitzel. We finished off with a selection of the fantastic deserts including an awesome streudel, and at that point everyone was full to bursting and experiencing some hardcore gemutlichkeit!
The staff are very friendly and the place is clean. I noticed the owner does not look particularly Teutonic, but the chef Michael Rick is, and can dish out the real deal. This place is a must for if you love schnitzel.
They serve good food. I especially enjoy the bratwurst dinner - with vegetables, red cabbage, potatoes ... Portion is also generous, and the price very, very reasonable. Our waitress was very friendly, and I can tell she tried very hard to be attentive as well, but it seemed like she had way too much to do. Perhaps the owner should consider hiring a couple more servers so their service doesn't have to suffer.
Came here last night and was impressed by the wonderful service given to me and my friend. Waitress was really friendly and helpful. So I was already pretty happy by the time I finished ordering, and service was consistently great throughout the entire meal.
Foodwise, this was the first time having schnitzel, and I thought it was pretty good. I started off with some toasted garlic bread, good but I like my garlic bread a bit more garlicy. Then I had an appetizer of whipped potatos with shrimp and scallops. This was a treat as it has a great flavor which was abosrbed into the potato.
My main meal was schnitzel with crab and shrimp. It also came with baked potatos and a pickled red cabage salad. The schnitzel was great tasting, thinly battered and very crispy! The only down side is that the crab that came with it was somewhat tasteless, and was a little on the small side.
Was a great experience and will definitely be back.
I dined here on Monday evening, 24 November 2008. It was not busy at all with only 3 or 4 other patrons in the restaurant. There was one greeter/server/bus girl, basically a one woman band although I don't think she was also the cook. I was greeted promptly and shown to a cozy table. Christmas decorations were in evidence. I was advised the kitchen was shutting down early as they were not busy (an understatement) that evening.
I ordered the tomato and onion salad, the baked onion soup, a shrimp cocktail and the combination dinner.
The dishes arrived promptly. The tomato and onion salad was very nice and had a creamy dressing that was distinctive and different. The shrimp cocktail was rather on the small side and there was no cocktail sauce. The baked onion soup was also small but tasty.
The combination dinner was comprised of schnitzel, bratwurst and beef rouladen along with spatzle and vegetables including Bavarian red cabbage, which was excellent. The meats were all very mildly spiced, not quite enough for my liking. Additionally, for some reason all three meats seemed to taste much the same. The beef in the rouladen was slightly tough.
I would rate the overall quality of the meal as good but certainly not great. The portion sizes overall were acceptable.
The service was reasonably attentive. The milieu was that of a charming antique house decorated with Germanic touches and seasonal Christmas decorations.
Would I return? Probably not as there are other worlds to conquer.
This is the first time we've been to this restaurant, highly recommended by some friends.
When we arrived, the place was buzzing with customers, and those without reservations were asked to wait up to 30 minutes. Luckily we had one and were promptly shown to out table.
The ambiance of the restaurant is rustic. It reminds me of an old house converted into a restaurant. It's quite homely, which is part of it's charm.
The service was decent. The waitress went through the motions, but made no effort to make any connection with her guests. No wow factor here.
The food... is spectacular. I had the bratwurst and schnitzel, and my wife had the combination dinner. It was very authentic, and reminds me of family run restaurants in Germany, with less of a greasy feel. Everything tasted wonderful, even the steamed vegetables!
We had an entertainment book coupon, so our meal was a great deal, but even without it, the value is quite good. The portions are large enough to fill even a large appetite, and prices are quite reasonable.
I hear they have a Schnitzel Wednesday menu where there are nice deals on Schnitzel, so we definitely will be returning here again!
Decent/Good schnitzel and strudel/overall dining experience in a character home in New Westminster. However, I couldn't help but think that there is better/more authentic food out there (possibly outside the Lower Mainland?). To be fair, I don't have extensive schnitzel dining experience and have no real standard to compare it to. The food seemed somewhat bland and was really not all that bad but I just couldn't stop wondering. That is why there is no shizzle factor for me to return. Decent place to try though.
We went to the Old Bavaria Haus for my grandparents wedding anniversay, the food and service was great....we did however wait about an hour for our meals. When they finally arrived everything was wonderful. I am a vegetarian and was delighted to see all the veggie options on the menu, and really enjoyed the homemade vegetarian schnitzle. Definatley give this restaurant a try....it's worth the wait.
I grew up eating schnitzel made by my mom, and the Old Bavaria Haus is the closest thing to her food. It's not for the diet conscious--it's fried meat and it's GOOD.
Schnitzels are AMAZING. I had the cordon bleu--it was crispy, perfectly done, and absolutely stuffed with cheese and ham. Came with panfries, red cabbage, a little sauce, and veggies. My codiners had similar meals and everyone was happy. Our food was fresh and delicious and unbelievably well-portioned--there is no excuse for starving here.
Our server was hilarious and very efficient. Excellent conversationalist and made us feel right at home. The staff are all dressed in crisp white shirts and black pants, which gives a nice, clean look to the restaurant. The decor is what you'd expect from a German bier haus, short of lederhausen and a live band.
I'm not too knowledgeable with German Cuisine but seeing that so many people gave it good reviews, i thought i ought to give it a go.
I took my darling there tonight around 7pm (Sunday) and the place was pretty full :). First impression, the architecture of the home from the outside to the interior felt very little town German. All I cared about was whether people were ordering everything and seeing how as I stood at the entrance and having waiters and waitresses wissing by from left to right with plate after plate full of food, i felt relieved.
Food - I personally thought the food was delicious. My darling had the seafood appetizer, black forest schnitzel and i had the ..i think it was called the combination dinner. at $16 for the schnitzels, i thought the price was fair and the portions were fair as well. For a girl, such as my darling, she couldn't finish even half the plate but for a normal sized male adult, it will be just right. as for me, i'm larger than normal so i ate my own dinner plus half my darling's and i was stuffed.
the black forest schnitzel, as seeing how this restaurant specializes in schnitzels, is good only if you eat it with the sauces as the breaded pork in itself can appear a bit bland to some. red cabbages, potatos and fried dough noodle thingys were all staple condiments and side dishes that came with the schnitzels, bratwursts and some other kinds of sausages that i have no idea of.
the only downside tonight for us, in terms of food, was the appetizers as the value was just not there.
Cleanliness - very clean, from utensils to the bathroom.
Service - warm and caring service although i do have to say that the place could use maybe 1-2 more waiters and waitresses, especially on weekends. however, for what they have, they did an excellent job in my eyes.
one of the things that makes this restaurant shine is that it's European Cuisine at commoner's price. Most European restaurants are overly priced and expensive but this place offers a fair and full meal at a very fair price - especially the alcohols. you can easily order a bottle of red wine for two at $20-25 and that is cheap in my mind.
A second winning point for Bavaria house is it's architecture, I'd simply come to this place just to bath myself in it's romantic and cute northern european style atmosphere.
Will surely return in the future.
Went to this restaurant with a large group of friends (13 in total), for the old Octoberfest dinner. I had a decent dinner of Bavarian Bratwurst with the usual fare of saurekraut, stewed cabbage, roasted potatoes and very good vegetables. I found my dinner to be very filling and the waiter did bring some strong mustard for me and another friend (who had the same dinner). The others had a range of other schnitzels, including the special and even the vegetarian version. All dinners were of good value and we all found the food to be very filling. But all in all, I am not sure if I will go back because we did find that the food was good but the value was not the greatest (unless you have a coupon and you can't use multiple coupons with a large group - you can only use a maximum of 3 coupons even with our large group).
Went to Old Bavaria in New Westminster last nite. Have been to similar place in Vancouver although Hungarian. Schnitzel are the specialty of course. I started with the Onion Soup which was good but just a tad on the salty side. My partner Dawn Tart started with the Oyster and Schnitzel combo, while I had the Black Forest version. Both were very salty gravies and we both felt the chef hasn't tasted his lately and may have lost it with the salt shaker. The rest of the meal, vegies, garlic bread, and red cabbage salad were all good and there was more than enough. When your main course is too salty, it was very difficult to take. This was borderline too salty and I should have sent it back.The chef should taste some of it before it gets too far. I was very disappointed.
For anyone who enjoys schnitzel, this is the place! I had the schnitzel champignon (bearnaise sauce and mushrooms) and my husband, the black forest schnitzel (with oyster and shiitake mushrooms). The schnitzel was tender, tasty and cooked to perfection. The schnitzel platters comes with sauteed vegetables, roasted potatoes, and red cabbage. We finished off our meal with the black forest cake dessert, delicious indeed. We will definitely come back for the Schnitzel Wednesdays specials for $9.99.
For those BFC cake fans, check out their website for the recipe!
you can't go wrong dining there on a wednesday where the schnitzels are $10. the portions are generous and the flavours are spot on, i feel like i am back in europe as far as decor is concerned, the crowd is mostly older and european. i also like that, they have free german newspaper there. make reservations on wednesday evenings as they tend to get quite busy.