A Bloom of One's Own

Wiener schnitzel options include chicken and pork versions (one with an onion-mushroom sauce), but we went with the traditional veal. We weren't disappointed. The crisp, breaded cutlet was of a generous size, tender and juicy inside its crust. Mashed potatoes rounded out both this main course and an unusually good fish entree, Idaho trout. I'll take trout -- not a popular fish here in salty South Florida -- wherever I can get it, but I'll especially take it here. Two huge, boneless fillets were sauteed in a rich sherry sauce, the sweet flesh of the trout glistening under flecks of fresh garlic and creamy butter.

You might have to force yourself to eat dessert, but the tart apple strudel is worth it. Soft, nonfibrous apples spiked with a healthy dose of cinnamon were crowded into a supple, multilayered crust and served hot with whipped cream. Swallowing the last bite of her strudel, one of my guests leaned back her chair and surveyed the northern European surroundings of Edelweiss, named for Austria's finest flower."You have a great job," she observed.

This time, before I could open my mouth, it was my husband who answered: "Yup."

Edelweiss
2655 Biscayne Blvd; 573-4421. Open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.)

Goulash soup
$3.50
Edelweiss Camembert
$6.75
Idaho trout
$9.75
Apple strudel
$3.00

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