The Lindenhof

365 Forest St,
Ottawa, ON K2B 727
http://www.thelindenhof.com

Let me get it out of my system now… the following post will use the term WIENER! Since that is out of the way, time for something new. I have consumed many German beers, but I have never had the opportunity to actually give German fare a try. If you are as immature as I am, you have probably laughed at the idea of eating wiener schnitzel, but hey finally came the moment to give it a try!
Walking into The Lindenhof, there was a feeling of a mom and pop restaurant. You know the type when you go on a one of those 10 hour road trips with your parents and you stop at some random place because you REALLY need to use the bathroom! Is it a mom and pop place? I really do not know.
In any case the staff was extremely friendly as we were instantly asked for our drink order as we sat down. After looking over the menu couple times and not being able to decide what I really wanted, I settled on the Lindenhof Platter. The reasoning simple, it consisted of pork loin, bratwurst, and schnitzel, and was accompanied by potatoes sauerkraut and red cabbage.
When this platter actually arrived, I actually was in shock looking at the amount of food I had ordered. Who cares, its off to the races for me! The bratwurst slightly too salty for my taste but yet was tasty. The ribs (pork loin) were excellent. The schnitzel, WOW, who thought that fried veal, would taste so good? This was the highlight of the platter for me, in addition to the red cabbage!
If you know of a German restaurant in NYC please email me and let me know as I want more wiener schnitzel!

The Mermaid Inn

96 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
212-674-5870
http://www.themermaidnyc.com

One of the beauties of NYC is simply walking around trying to figure out “where I am going to fill my belly tonight?” On one of these nights in the East Village we came across The Mermaid Inn. Well, if seafood is not your thing then you might as well skip this review… go home and find something else; since as the name may imply The Mermaid Inn is pretty much only seafood. There might be an item or two that is not seafood, but that’s like ordering chicken at a steakhouse and who does that?
As we passed by, the décor seemed inviting as did the menu, which not too large, yet seemed to intrigue me. As with any good seafood restaurant The Mermaid Inn has a raw bar sample consisting of Oysters, Clams and Shrimp, which is how we choose to start our meal. I genuinely enjoyed the sampler, but recently it has dawned on me that I am not a fan of raw oysters in general. Something about the taste of sea water reminds me of crazy trip to Cancun where I flew off a jet ski and ended up drinking a lot of sea water!
Moving on to entrees, since I have never had skate before, I went for their sautéed skate wing. Actually before this meal, I did not even know skate was a type of fish, oh well learning and eating always a plus! The skate was served with a citrus salad and was a decent portion.
For a random find, The Mermaid Inn was great. As I mention the menu is not too diverse, so I may not come back too often, but I will definitely find myself coming back to try their lobster sandwich.