Review of Das Lokal | Capital Dining
News of a new chef has brought me back to Das Lokal. That, and the thought of a steaming mug of Gluhwein by the outdoor firepit on a cold November night. Austrian-born Christian Wallner, by my (rough and possibly inaccurate) count, is head chef number four for the four-year-old Dalhousie Avenue, German-leaning restaurant. He's been in place since last spring. I've always found the food at Das Lokal to be reliably filling and tasty, but also reliably uneven. For me, its cuisine has played second fiddle to the feel and cosy-comfort of the place – to that delicious thing the Germans call a sense of 'gemütlichkeit'. How that's accomplished in the shell of a former KFC building is quite the achievement. They've done it with warm service, a quirky décor, enticing food and wine deals, live piano music, free parking in the ByWard Market… And there's no doubt Das Lokal knows how to warm the dark heart of the season. Sparkly twinkle lights, inside and out, faux fur rugs on chairs, a charming