Bauhaus review: Is Uwe Boll’s classy German restaurant any good?

Imported dinnerware, custom art and a Michelin chef—Uwe Boll has spared no expense

A notorious B-movie director launches an upscale eatery in Vancouver

Bauhaus arrived in Gastown in the spring to much speculation. A high-end German restaurant with a Michelin-starred chef and owned by notorious B-movie director Uwe Boll, this was, if nothing else, going to bring something new to Vancouver. And it has. Bauhaus is a serious restaurant, beautifully designed right down to the stunning Hering plates and cups imported from the old country. Local designer Oren Darel created the eye-popping, almost medieval bar chairs, and Spanish artists Naza del Rosal and Juan Rico were commissioned to plaster the washrooms in graffiti art in an homage to Berlin. A smart and sexy space that provides the perfect backdrop for chef Stefan Hartmann’s seasonally driven, modern German cuisine, Bauhaus offers sophistication without stuffiness. And your guests can’t fail to be impressed with what’s on the plate: it’s hard to imagine another room in the city where you will find this quality at three courses for $38 (two for $28). An absolute steal.

BEST TABLE: Open and airy, the room is loosely divided into three sections: chef’s table, restaurant floor and lounge. For lunch, choose the restaurant for a bright, bustling feel or the lounge if discrection is a must.

MUST-TRY ORDER: It’s lunch. You’re in a German restaurant. It has to be schnitzel, right? Bauhaus’s version is perfectly crispy and full of flavour. Chef Hartmann is also a master with fish—poached Arctic char on a bed of yogurt, dill and cucumber sauce. And don’t miss dessert, it’s worth every calorie.

DRINK UP: The natural choice would be the beer list or a glass of good Riesling. More interesting, however, is the house cocktail list, which takes a few unexpected twists—notably, the Buttermilch Margarita, which introduces not just buttermilk but also quince jam.

INSIDER TIP: The chef’s table section can be reworked to accommodate everything from a pre-arranged multi-course lunch for up to 10 to a stand-up reception for 20. Bauhaus has a classy Molo wall that wraps around your gathering for added privacy.