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Apr 3, 2011 09:03 AM

Wurst - Calgary German Beer Haus

From Gilchrist this morning, looks like a German Beer House if finally coming back to Calgary. In the old Wildwood/Gasthaus location.

I pray they don't screw it up. So much potential I am hoping for. Homemade kase spaetzle, knoedel, multaschen, boots of beer, steins. Please.

Too many German places run by 60 year old grannies in this city. Well, all of them.

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    1. re: nonlinear

      Just to clarify, those foods are what I am hoping for. The site doesn't mention whats on the menu.

      1. re: fotze

        I hope for this too! Homemade spaetzle would make me weep with happiness.

        1. re: messier

          A little out of the way, but the Austrian Canadian Club just off 32/Deerfoot has great spaetzle and will sub it for potato if you want. Great schnitzel too.

          Austrian Canadian Cultural Centre
          3112 11 St NE, Calgary, AB T2E, CA

          1. re: messier

            Easy to make at home by the way!! Also quick and they freeze well :-)

        2. re: nonlinear

          Went last night. Service was attentive, especially considering how busy the restaurant was that night. We ordered a ton of appies - complete rip-off. The taste was okay but the portion was tiny. Then we ordered two $40.00 platters of meat (pork and sausage), which was very filling but really salty and bland. However, the guys I was with really enjoyed the meats so perhaps it was just me. I noticed the manager was trying very hard to please customers by being proactive, responding to questions, concerns, etc. Personally, I enjoyed the environment, beer and service but it was really pricey. Next time we'll skip the appies and go straight for the meat.

          1. re: clouie

            Went Saturday night and ate in the dining room. I really liked the decor, loved their chairs, but was a little sad that the trees they promote on the website were fake. It does reduce the upkeep, but it's a little mall-like. They have the "in-house water filtration system" that's so popular at Una and Boxwood, which is nice. There are (housemade?) quick pickled vegetables on the table when you sit down - light and refreshing.
            We had very quick service, and only a few bumps due to the newness of the place. Like, our meals came out before we had been served our drinks, and the bread was served halfway through our meal. The bf chose the Jager schnitzle (with mushrooms, veggies and spatzle) and I had the beer braised mussels. The schnitzle was tender, with a deeply flavoured sauce and generous amounts of mushrooms. The mussels were swimming in large chunks of bacon, fennel and pearl onions in a delightful beer-y broth. Thank god they brought out the bread to sop it all up!
            We finished with the apple strudel with homemade vanilla ice cream. Not bad! The pastry was very crisp, with warm, well-cooked apples inside. Full disclosure - we only ordered dessert because we wanted to try out more beers, and didn't want to venture downstairs (to the beerhall) quite yet.
            Once we had finished dessert, and cleared the bill we went downstairs. They've done a good job of keeping the two spaces separate - the noise downstairs was not very audible upstairs, etc. The hall was completely packed, so we only did the tour and went on our way. The kitchen is open to the beerhall, so it might be fun next time to eat downstairs and see the chefs go at it.
            Final thoughts - food was good, service needs to work the kinks out, and next time we'll be trying out the beerhall.

        3. They have more info on their facebook page:

          It sounded very promising when I saw the ad in City Palate, but I'm a bit thrown off by this statement on their facebook page:

          Although you'll find tributes to Bavarian food on our menu, we think you'll find we're far from traditional. Our chefs have put their own twist on European brasserie fare featuring charcuterie, fresh fish, Alberta bone-in tenderloin, rotisserie half-chicken and a raw seafood bar brimming with oysters, Dungeness crab, Atlantic lobster and scallops. Much like restaurants throughout Bavaria, our culinary team uses fresh ingredients from local producers whenever possible and absolutely everything, right down to the condiments, are made and prepared in-house.

          Oyster bar?? I don't know how that fits in with the German theme.

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          1. re: llkerr

            "tributes". How disappointing. Sounds like it will be as Bavarian as, well, any other restaurant in Calgary that uses local ingredients and by gum, makes their own condiments!!!

            If they read Chowhound, maybe this will help them. This is my all-time favourite Bavarian "Haus", a true must for any ChowHund who travels to München


            Das Menü, auf englisch:


            1. re: Scary Bill

              I am cautiously optimistic. Leberkäse is apparently on the menu.

            2. re: llkerr

              Just took a look at their site/fb.... Grant Parry of The Bison in Banff is the exec chef. This may explain the statement you read as it sounds a lot like the philosophies from The Bison.

              Promising... I loved the original Bison menu and still love their charcuterie although not sure how German it is.

            3. I really miss having a great pub in that location, I really hope they can do a great job with it. Homemade Spaetzle (kasespaetzle bitte!).... mmmm.

              I heard this project is related to Mercato somehow... any idea if that's true?

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              1. re: crazy_eoj

                The manager, Mike Mendelman, is the son-in-law of the owner of Mercato. He’s been up in Banff tearing it up at the Maple Leaf for years. A former member of the Calgary Irish Rugby club, he’s a speedster on the wing, but, sadly, has hands of stone.

              2. Given it's taking over the old Wildwood spot - are they also running a brewery? There's no mention of it on their website or Facebook page.

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                1. re: mountain_bug

                  This place looks amazing...they've posted their menus now on their website. Mmm. Spaetzle.


                  1. re: leahj

                    Is "Franzl's Mixed Grill" a nod to Franzl's Gasthaus which used to be at that location?

                    1. re: 23skidoo

                      It looks like it is. I was nearby yesterday, and it looks like they uncovered the old Franzl's sign.

                      1. re: 23skidoo

                        Does anyone know what's happening next door (the old Tech Shop location)? I thought it was going to be incorporated into Wurst, like a big indoor/outdoor patio, which has proven to be untrue.
                        Originally, I had heard that Mercato people had bought it, to make another pizzeria, but that was two years ago and I haven't heard anything since.

                    2. re: leahj

                      Doesn't sound very Bavarian to me (born & raised Bavarian) but I will try it.

                  2. Wow, they do have maultaschen on the dinner menu! Now if they could also put flammen kuchen on the menu, we would definitely swing into Calgary to try it out.