“This doesn’t seem like a fusion,” remarked my dining companion as we perused the menu at Heidi’s Restaurante Alemán y Biergarten (German restaurant and beer garden) in Guadalajara.
This was a more authoritative observation than I probably could have made, and my friend Sam Allan has the wherewithal to back it up, having been raised in Europe. So, shamelessly taking advantage of his experience, I plunged ahead. Had he noticed many fusion restaurants in Guadalajara?
“Oh yes, they never go full on international here, except for Italian. Even at Indian restaurants, they can’t resist throwing is some jalapeño.”
However, Sam, a vegan, then went on to order possibly the least authentically German item on the menu: the Dogo Vegetariano (75 pesos), which is falafel in the shape of a hefty sausage, in a bun, with tzatziki (Greek yogurt with cucumbers and garlic), black olives that were not canned (hurray!) and the fixins. (Sam was pleased to find there was a 2-for-1 special that day, so he took one Dogo home.)
The featured items on Heidi’s menu are, to my eye, an impressive array of truly Germanic items: Salchicha Blanca de Ternera (white veal sausage), Schüblig (smoked pork or beef sausage normally eaten uncooked), Bratwurst (which I ordered for 119 pesos at the waiter’s recommendation—savory!), Weisswurst and—uh oh, Sam—Currywurst, which seemed to me a bit on the fusion side, even though the menu claims this is the typical sausage sold on the street in Germany. But hey, Germany, like all of Europe nowadays, has a lot of immigrants, right?