Quick, when you hear "the HOF", what immediately comes to mind? A young loner on a crusade, to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless - who drives a talking car? No, that is David Hasselhof. The place where all things hockey are displayed? Nope, that's the Hockey Hall of Fame. What I am referring to locally is Jagerhof Schnitzel House in North Van. Recently I revisited Old Bavaria Haus and it inspired me to try the other schnitzel joint
(there is the Alpen Club too).
After dropping off my car at the Automall for servicing, Rich Guy picked me up and we headed over to the "hof". He had the special of the day which included a bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup. This was a pretty standard version with plenty of sodium and soft noodles. I was indifferent with it. The featured dish was the Schnitzel Alfredo which came with potatoes and red cabbage. The pork schnitzel was lightly crisp while the meat was tender and as moist as it could be for white meat. The Alfredo sauce was quite salty and cheesy (in a Parmesan way) which easily became the dominant flavour. The pan-fried potatoes were soft with some crispy spots.
For myself, I had to get the biggest, baddest dish on the menu being the Jagerhof Platter consisting of a Pork Chop, Jagerhof Schnitzel (with mushroom sauce), sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes and red cabbage. The schnitzel was lightly crisp like the one before topped by a rich mushroom sauce. It was mild which let the schnitzel do its thing (strangely, the sauce reminded me of the one you'd find at a HK-style cafe). The sausage was meaty and juicy while the pork chop was flavourful without being overly salty (think of it as a dry ham). If I had to do a head-to-head comparison with Old Bavaria Haus, I'd give the slight edge to Jagerhof because the schnitzel is a bit lighter while the sides are more carefully prepared.
- Lightly crisp schnitzel
- Well-made sides
- Friendly service
- A touch greasy, but it is what it is
- Not that it mattered to us, but the dining space is dated