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Black Forest Restaurant, Harrison Hot Springs

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By: Jackie Chow


We had been looking forward to doing the Slow Food Cycle Tour in the Agassiz/Harrison Hot Springs area for weeks, and to extend our stay into a mini-holiday, we decided to arrive a day early and stay overnight. We thought it might be a good idea to have a stick-to-your-ribs meal to prepare for next day’s bike ride, so we decided on German cuisine in the Black Forest Restaurant in Harrison Hot Springs.


My husband chose one of the specialties of the house, the pork hock, which turned out to be an excellent choice. It’s not exactly an elegant meal, but the meat was juicy and tender. It came with the traditional sauerkraut, red cabbage, and instead of pan fried potatoes, my husband asked for French fries.

It’s probably weird to have vegetarian food in a German-style restaurant, where the emphasis usually lies heavily on meat. However, I just happened to fancy a vegetarian schnitzel. Made of a mixture of vegetables, black beans and whole grains, it was quite a generous size, and quite tasty. The schnitzel came with spaetzle and sauerkraut with some cauliflower and carrot.

We both opted for the German Krombacher wheat beer. My husband rather enjoyed it – he tends to appreciate a wider variety of beers - but for me it had just a little too much bitterness to it.

The portions are quite large and even without an appetizer we both felt just right after the main course, so we decided to come back for dessert (Black Forest Cake of course!) on our next visit to Harrison Hot Springs.