Fresh cucumber salad with dill. Yes
Sauteed spaetzle with caramelized onions and Emmental cheese. Yes, please!
And to entice you inside:
While Portland has an eclectic and vibrant local food and restaurant scene, something that has been noticeably missing is Central European fare. I recently went to Karl Ratzsh’s on a recent trip to Milwaukee and it made me realize how much I was missing – I needed more beets, spaetzle and bratwurst in my life.
Then along came Schulte & Herr. Tucked away on Cumberland Avenue in Portland, the new German restaurant opened their doors in early September. Before they moved in, the location had been abandoned for several months (before that, it existed as various incarnations of Thai and Vietnamese restaurants)
I recently went to Schulte & Herr for lunch with my friend Claire on a quiet Tuesday afternoon. As a recent reviewer on Portland Food Map noted, “Run, don’t walk.” I concur. The menu and decor of the restaurant is refreshingly simple. Though German food is typically heavy on carbs and starches, Schulte & Herr offers options for lighter fare. For lunch, you have an option of four plates:
- Roasted bratwurst with sauerkraut & German potato salad
- Beer braised beef sandwich with whole grain mustard, horseradish sauce & homemade pickles
- Beef Gulasch with roasted red peepers and panfried bread dumplings
- Sauteed spaetzle with caramelized onions, Emmenthal cheese & chives
There are also several starters, including beet, barley & vegetable soup and potato pancakes with homemade apple sauce and sour cream (why I didn’t get that second option, I don’t know. I’ll be back). You can also have the potato pancakes with house cured lox, horseradish sauce, capers and cornichons (gherkin pickles). There are also a number of sides to complement your main dish.
Claire and I decided to share a plate and two sides – we opted for the sauteed spaetzle and sides of roasted & golden beets and cucumber salad with fresh dill & vinaigrette.
We were not disappointed – it was the perfect amount of food to share. The beets were well cooked and warm. The cucumber salad provided a lighter side to the meal. But of course, the highlight of the meal was the spaetzle. Amazing.
We ended with dessert – they offer a single dessert that changes each day. The day we went the offering was vanilla custard with plum compote – and you could see the vanilla beans in the custard. Paired with a cup of tea, it was a sweet way to end the meal.
- Starters range from $4 – 9
- Lunch plates range from $9-12
- Sides are $3 or $4
- Drink options include coffee, tea, iced tea, root & ginger been and schorle (your choice of juice with sparkling water)
Schulte & Herr (349 Cumberland Avenue) is open for breakfast (that will be the next review!) and lunch, Monday – Saturday, 8 am to 3 pm.