Confession: I’ve never had a full-on German meal before. I’ve driven by the Old Black Forest Restaurant near Lunenburg, Nova Scotia for years and always vaguely thought I might stop in, but each time the draw of Magnolia’s Grill has been too great.
Our recent discovery that Magnolia’s is closed every Sunday, however, provided just the opportunity I needed – and Gary, who visited Germany in the ’80s, didn’t need any convincing.
Even though I had no archetype in mind, the interior of the Old Black Forest was somehow exactly what I expected. The exposed wood was homey, the lace drapes reminded me of my grandparent’s house (no, they’re not German), and the curios collected throughout the interior felt exactly right.
And there’s a cuckoo clock. how can you not be delighted by a restaurant with a cuckoo clock?
If you’re like me and think “schnitzel” sounds like a pastry, the menu has helpful descriptions of the meals. (Pro tip: schnitzel is not pastry.)
I chose Zwiebelrostbraten, and had the foresight to take a photo of the description: “a specialty from South Germany, tender striploin steak topped with golden brown onions, served with spätzle and vegetables.”
The steak was deliciously moist and tender, and cooked just as I ordered it (medium-rare) – a pleasant surprise. Spätzle is a type of egg noodle, and it was light and fluffy. The fried onions were, well, fried onions. Although I’m not normally much of a gravy person, I was glad it was there because the Spätzle needed some sauce. And did I mention how delicious my steak was?
After all that rich delicious food, we didn’t have any space for dessert, unfortunately. Maybe next time!
Find The Old Black Forest Restaurant
10117 Martins Brook Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0
- Phone: (902) 634-3600