Last Sunday, while everyone was busy cheering Germany on towards World Cup dominance, I had my first taste of German food at the Black Forest Mill. It’s a restaurant in Highland Mills, NY specializing in German favorites, also serving Polish and other European dishes.
For my entree, I ordered one of the specials: a pork dish with its skin on (pictured), served with potato dumpling and brown gravy, which I had them serve on the side, as well as creamed spinach. They promised me crispy skin and it came out softer than I expected, but the flavor was good, not overly spiced.
In order for us to have a taste of what the place had to offer, my boyfriend ordered the Black Forest Sampler Skillet: Jaeger Schnitzel, Pork Loin, Sauerbraten, Bratwurst, served over spaetzle.
The best part of our meal was the appetizer: Polish Cheese-Potato Pierogi on Sauerkraut (Polische Teig Taschen mit Kaese und Kraut). My boyfriend ordered a Black Forest Cake to go, which he afterwards gave a thumbs down.
What was most interesting to me was the number of courses the meal was made up of and the number of side dishes. It seemed after we had our appetizer, we were served soup, then a salad, a potato salad, coleslaw, followed by our meals which came with side dishes plus sauerkraut. By the time my entree was served, I was so full I had forgotten I had ordered one.
Overall it was a nice experience, and I would go back to this restaurant (even if only for those yummy pierogis!).
Black Forest Mill Restaurant Rating: 6 out of 10