Entertainment | Restaurants & Dining | May 2009
|Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant Week Review|
Gary R. Beck - PVNN
Since 1995, owner Andreas Rupprechter and Chef Carlos Palomera have provided Austrian and European cuisine elegantly served in an upscale A/C interior dining room or the lively exterior sidewalk bistro at Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Café.
The 5 Star Diamond Award food is matched only by the ambience and great staff service. Next door is a slightly more casual café serving all meals, in addition to scrumptious desserts and specialty coffee drinks. White linen and dark wood set this operation apart from its neighbors.
During this year's Vallarta Restaurant Week, 8 starters, 10 entrées and 10 desserts are offered in a 3 course meal. With that many options, we needed extra time to read and discuss our choices. (Click HERE to see menu)
Among the first courses, we chose the Marinated Beet and Carrot Salad with goat cheese, a simply marvelous combination of flavors and textures. The vegetables were cooked al dente and worked well with the assorted greens lightly dressed in a mixed berry balsamic dressing.
Large Housemade Raviolis were filled with fresh fennel, wild mushrooms and prosciutto. A rich creamy tarragon sauce enveloped the plate, with all flavors melding and not overwhelming each other. A special Red Cabbage Soup arrived topped with crisp duck pieces, lightly fried, and a tender potato dumpling. Again, the layers of flavors worked together, not in competition.
Choosing our main courses was a textbook in patience and bartering. We wanted to sample all of them but chose several to share. Fork-tender sautéed Pork Loin Scallops were presented with long housemade noodles, tossed in a mushroom cream sauce. This dish was near perfection.
Top quality Beef Tenderloin, large and thick, cooked as ordered, arrived with red flannel hash and a green peppercorn and Hollandaise sauce. The dish showed clearly that there is very fine quality beef available locally.
A Combination Plate included grilled fresh fish fillet, a handful of sweet sautéed shrimp and a half chicken breast. Alongside was a sweet red pepper stuffed with seasoned rice and sauced with medium spicy smoked chipotle. The flavors blended quite well.
When picturing meals originating from this region, one imagines luscious desserts as Sacher Torte, a dense, rich yet light chocolate cake drizzled with berry syrup. It was matched with a large portion of warm Apple Pecan Strudel, light-crusted and delicate, not overly sweet.
Crispy Golden Crêpes were filled with cool peaches and whipped cream. A cup of yogurt ice cream sat aside them. The effect was divine. Forkfuls of Chocolate Mousse Torte, smooth and rich with a very soft texture were met with blissful sighs. It was accented with a cup of strawberries in sweet natural syrup. Pecan Bourbon Chocolate Torte was highlighted by a wonderful crust and layers of chunky nut meats, served with vanilla ice cream.
For well-prepared European fare served in an elegant old-world style atmosphere, a visit to Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Cafe is necessary... and most pleasurable.
The author was supplied one choice in each of the 3 courses on the special Restaurant Week menu and this review is in no way connected to his independent restaurant guide, "Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Guide Beck's Best," where write-ups receive no compensation.
Restaurant Week continues through May 31st at some of the most recognized restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. For a list of participating restaurants and Restaurant Week 2009 reviews click HERE.
Open Monday-Saturday from 8 am to 11 pm for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Kaiser Maximilian Restaurant & Cafe is located at Olas Altas #38B in the Zona Romántica of Puerto Vallarta. For reservations call (322) 222-7981 or visit KaiserMaximilian.com
Click HERE to read more about Kaiser Maximilian.