My Friday night at new "Austrian/Californian" restaurant Naschmarkt in Campbell
My fiance and I ate a great dinner Friday night Naschmarkt. It was a lovely evening and the restaurant and bar were completely packed, both inside and outside. The space is relatively small but didn't feel crowded--the large windows and open-kitchen made the space feel larger. We sat inside, but they had some nice-looking outdoor tables, too.
The restaurant has only been open for a week, so not surprisingly, it seemed they were still working out a few minor service kinks (for example, two entree plates do not fit on the two-tops). Our server was friendly, nice and accommodating, but he lacked knowledge about the wine list, which was a little disappointing because their wine list is interesting and their mark-ups not bad. (They also have an interesting list of imported beers).
The food, however, was excellent. Even the bread was really a cut above--crunchy crust and very sour. My fiance and I shared the smoked bratwurst appetizer, which was perfectly cooked and served with delicious mustard (though there could have been more mustard and sauerkraut because they were so good!).
For entrees, he had the Wiener schnitzel and I had the goulash. Both were excellent. the schnitzel was light, crunchy, and just slightly browned. The goulash was meltingly tender and the gravy was thick and aromatic. The potato salad that came with the schnitzel was also a real winner--some of the best German-style potato salad I've ever had. The cucumbers added a great crunch and extra sourness. The knockerl we had for dessert was light and airy with just enough sponginess. We didn't have it, but someone at the table next to us had the pork belly, and it looked absolutely amazing.
The prices struck me as just a little high--not for the quality of the good--but the prices seemed a little out-of-sync with the casual atmosphere and the level of service. Opentable listed their prices as being "$30 and under," which may be literally true before tax and tip, but most of entrees are in the $27-30 range. The menu on their website didn't have prices, and when I sat down in the restaurant I was a little surprised at how high they were--everything seemed maybe $5 higher than I would have guessed. In the end, the food was worth the price, and I would highly recommend going, but don't be surprised if you pay a little more than you might anticipate on first glance.