I’ve got a problem: I have developed an unhealthy obsession with French toast. I’ve been craving this dish ever since having tried the tasty banana-stuffed version from Twisted Fork. I just can’t get enough of this dish, and I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that are serving it. One such place was Klaus’s Kaffee Haus. They seem to have undergone some major menu changes over the past year or so: the restaurant initally offered a variety of streudels, but have now shifted their focus to making various breakfast/brunch items, including several delicious-sounding versions of French toast. I decided to order their ham and cheese version (aka Monte Cristo) since it seemed to be the largest in the picture on their menu, and was also the most expensive.
Monte Cristo/Ham and Cheese French Toast ($13.95):
I have to admit, I felt nothing short of complete, utter disappointment when the sandich was first placed in front of me. The sandwich was small, like WAY smaller than I had thought it would be. In the photo that they had on the menu, the sandwich looked like it was triple layered (i.e. 3 slices of bread), but the one that I received only had 2 slices of bread. There was no way that I was going to get full on this (especially since the dish doesn’t come with any sides like fries or hashbrowns).
Fortunately, what the sandwich lacked in size however, it sure made up for it in taste: it was freaking fantastic! The thick bread was warm, crispy on the outside, and soft on the interior. There was a generous amount of savoury ham inside, along with gooey melted cheese. There was also a good amount of dijon inside that added a bit of heat. The strawberry jam on top provided a bit of sweetness that paired surprisingly well with the saltiness of the ham.
hungry not yet stuffed from the Monte Cristo, I decided to get more food. Having really enjoyed the sandwich, I decided to stick to the French toast section, and ordered their Apple Pie French Toast. Now, in the picture on the menu, the toast looked like there were two slices of bread; hence I was pleasantly surprised when the dish arrived in front of me, and I found that it actually had three slices of toast (maybe they were making up for the missing piece in the Monte Cristo?).
Apple Pie French Toast ($12.95):
In terms of price, this was a much better deal in my opinion than the Monte Cristo: not only was it cheaper, but it was also considerably larger, being (as I’ve mentioned earlier) triple layered. In terms of taste, I enjoyed this every bit as much as the Monte Cristo: it was just fantastic. The moment that the sandwich was placed in front of me, I was overtaken by the sweet scent of cinnamon. Once again, the slices of bread was perfectly toasted: crispy on the outside and soft on the interior. There was a generous amount of soft apple and raisin filling, as well as cream cheese. The sandwich on its own was not particularly sweet; however, when dipped in syrup, it was just perfect. This is probably the best version of French toast that I’ve ever had; I enjoyed this even more than the fantastic version from Twisted Fork.
Coffee (large, $3):
The Apple Pie French Toast sure did its job: I was more than satisfied by the time I had cleared the plate. Of course, it did hurt a bit when it came to paying the bill: the two French toasts as well as the coffee added up to over $30 (and not including tips). I wish that the pictures on the menu could have been more accurate (with the Monte Cristo being double layered and the Apple Pie triple layered): had I known, I would have just ordered the Apple Pie French Toast with a side of something and called it a day. Oh well, it’s the holidays, and there are certainly worse things to splurge on than some fantastic French toast.
Price: 3/5 (2/5 for the Monte Cristo, 4/5 for the Apple Pie French Toast)
Recommendations: Apple Pie French Toast (Monte Cristo’s also fantastic, if you’re willing to spend the price)