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Matterhorn Chef

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When LAist thinks of schnitzel and sauerkraut, there is one place that does not come to mind: the San Fernando Valley.

At first, we were hesitant. The Valley is known for many things: oppressive summer heat, acres of apartment buildings, terrible road conditions...but not German food. Unless, of course, you make your way to Oxnard and Woodman and the restaurant known as Matterhorn Chef. Originally Hoppe's Old Heidelberg, the restaurant was taken over by chef Ueli Huegli, who turned the OH into the MC.

After a rather vague search for restaurants serving fondue earlier this year, LAist became aware of the Matterhorn Chef. Looking for a night of fun, we headed for the home of the singing chef over the weekend. We were early for our reservations, so we decided to start the night off with a visit to the bar. We were pleased with the selection (they have a nice variety of German schnapps, as well as ice-cold Jagermeister) and service, though the drinks themselves were not as good as the company—or the bartenders, who regaled us with how they got started tending bar while watching baseball and chatting with servers picking up drink orders. (We recommend a nice cold glass of Spaten Oktoberfest served from the tap.)

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Though the service during dinner proved to be rather spotty, a cheerful and friendly hostess seated us at a secluded booth; after placing drink orders we were presented with a platter of assorted salads and vegetables to accompany a basket of bread while we perused the menu. Containing traditional German and Swiss meals, as well as pasta, seafood and "Continental" fare, the menu rounds out at about six pages. We settled on an appetizer of cold asparagus in vinagrette, entrees of wild boar stew and Kasseler Rippchen (smoked pork with sauerkraut) and dessert of chocolate mousse.