|Bavarian Austria Style Food On A Ski Slope|
Item Reviewed: Lammhaxe - Braised lamb shank, Apfelstrudel - Apple Strudel
Price Paid: $20-30
We were staying in the Taos Ski Valley, and there is little selection as far as restaurants go. One evening we decided to call the Bavarian to see if there were tables available. We had been told by the locals that reservations are required most the time.
That evening tables available and we were told to drive up. This was end of season in March.
The Bavarian is located on Katchina Rd which is a service road for the ski resort. The Bavarian is a cabin like building right on the end of the eastern most slope, just below the top of the lift.
The road leading to the Bavarian is steep and narrow in some spots, but is drivable in the spring, I would opt for a shuttle during the winter.
Inside the Bavarian we found a dim lit atmosphere, with decor of stuffed animals and antiques. A full bar, and a view of the summit and open fields of snow/slopes on the north side of the building.
The menu offered a variety of German foods, from Sausage, Bratwurst, & Lamb, to Pastas and Salads. We decided due to the price, to order and split the food between the two of us.
We ordered the lamb which was marinated in a red wine, and came with mash potatoes and steamed vegetables. For desert we had the apple strudel, which came with vanilla ice cream, fruit, and a sauce.
The food was average, but Im from Texas and we have alot of German food here. So comparing to a lifetime of eating German foods at many places, the food only ranked average.
I would recommend the location to someone looking for a romantic dining experience, in a low lit atmosphere with a view of the mountains and snow outside, a fireplace, and a fine dining meal. I could see this place as a great date or romantic dinner spot.
I would not recommend this to someone looking to get dinner, especially if they were in Downtown Taos, I do not think the food alone warrants the drive up from downtown Taos.
I would be willing to return and try another set of items from the menu. But on my first visit I was only satisfied, not overly impressed.
Variety: Bar, German, Homestyle
Pros: Good if your staying in the Ski Valley. Decent Food, Slopeside
Cons: Up a ski slope service road, Crowded at times, Pricey