Vancouver Alpen Club is the place to be to enjoy traditional German favorites like head cheese w/ fried onions, a variety of schnitzels and German folk dancing.
I wanted to try a new schnitzel place and Mrs. C suggested the VAC. We summoned some friends, and called ahead for a table. When we got there it was 'dance night', and a bunch of well dressed German seniors were doing some creditable polka-dancing. There was a band and they were pretty good. But we were there to eat, not shake our collective booties, so none of us joined the festivities.
The restaurant is in the basement of the club, but it is nicely decorated. Our server was friendly and I was surprised when the manager came to our table twice to do quality checks.
We had some good German beer (try the Isenbeck dark beer on tap) and ordered a variety of things. I had a Holstein schnitzel, and Mrs. C had sauerbraten. For sides we had spätzle, pickled cabbage, and roasted potatoes. The schnitzel was out of this world but the sauerbraten was the best I have ever had. It changed my life. Well, almost. One of our friends had a decent penne pasta with salmon, and another had chicken. Both were reported to be good.
A quick survey of the menu showed that the food is mostly Bavarian fare with a few regional dishes from the rest of Deutschland. With so many tasty choices I plan on retuning very soon. Who knows, maybe I'll hit the dance floor?
"Jemandem etwas wärmstens empfehlen"
Recommended (in German).
We went here this past weekend for lunch, tried someting different from the 'daily specials'. Having been here many times before, it's nice to see some different items on the menu. We tried the 'Milano Schnitzel', which is topped with a mix of veggies in a tomato-based sauce, then topped with melted mozzarella cheese, served with spatzle and mixed green salad. I always order the schnitzel, and this was a nice change.
When I go to a German restaurant, I want it to look German. Everyon thinks of Bavaria when they think of Germany. Can anybody tell me something unique about Hamburg? But I digress. I came to the German House Restaurant at the Vancouver Alpen Club with a big group. I had a reservation. I was very impressed with how prepared they were. The food was really good. They not only had German fare, but also pasta and other menu items for those who wanted to try something else. The bar had everything I could want, including Isenbeck dark beer on tap. The manager also came around and asked if everything was OK and if there was anything more they could do for us. I was impressed with this. We also had dessert. This was really good. I had Blackforest cake. It was nice to have the traditional kind. They actual put alcohol in the cake and that is how you get it in Germany. Bravo. I will definately come again.
We were there on a Sunday evening - to our surprise, there were only about 5 tables of diners throughout the whole time. I had the Gemüsestrudel (I went there because of this item I saw in their online menu) - very good indeed! The portion was just right. My companions ordered the smoked pig feet, a beef dish (can't remember the name), and the anchovy appetizer dish. The 3 of them couldn't finish the pig feet, which they said tasted very good. The beef dish was ok, but we all loved the red cabbage garnish much better (it's very delicious, with the sauce absorbed). I liked the anchovy appetizer very much, although the huge amount of sour cream they put in the dish looked quite scary.
The service was not as efficient as it could have been - there were 2 waitresses serving just the 5 tables of diners!
I've only been here when there is an occasion, e.g. birthday. Been here about more than 5 or 6 times now, maybe more...
My first time here... I've never seen so many types of Schnitzels. I call this place the Schnitzel here, Schnitzel there restaurant. My favourite is the one with Fried Egg and Anchovy... I have potatoes instead of Spaetzl. I never quite enjoyed the blandness of Spaetzl.
I also tried the one with brown sauce and mushrooms. I loved it as well. The serving is BIG and it is good price.
I love the Goulash Soup the MOST. No where in Vancouver has I the same quality and flavour of Goulash Soup... the other place I had it was at a German Restaurant in another country... and this place has it... Wow!!!
Service is ok. Not exceptional. Customers are mainly German. This is the German Club.
My friend and I expected to have some good German food - so we
chose the Alpen club, which gave a really good review on this site.
We went on saturday night last week, the place was packed - a good
sign for a good time.
The hungarian goulash soup was enjoyed by both of us. Her schnitzel was okay, pretty bland, vegies sucked, panfried tatoes okay, my sauerbraten and bread dumplings were unexceptable,
but the the red cabbage was awesome. The beer was flat.
I don't think we will go back.