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Schnitzel Huber

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Schnitzel Huber 

Berger Straße 14 40213 Düsseldorf                 [CLOSED]

Situated in the Düsseldorfer Altstadt, this fast food type restaurant features schnitzel, schnitzel, and more schnitzel.  I visited this place for lunch after doing some shopping in the Altstadt.  It was the first time I had eaten German food in Germany and boy, was it delicious!

For the price of €4,95, you can get a (120 g) piece of crispy schnitzel with chives and a wedge of lemon on top.  Plus, you can get French fries and a choice of sauce on the top.  Talk about great value!  Of course, you have to order and pay for the drink separately.  Even though it is a fast food place (they have a front counter with cashiers, like at a McDonald’s), the food is served on a plate on a tray and you have to get your own utensils from the counter.

The schnitzel was crunchy and delicious.  The breading wasn’t fattening at all.  I personally don’t really like using lemon on the schnitzel, but the mushroom gravy I got was somewhat sour tasting.  It had mushrooms and onions in there, but it just tasted a little odd.  Instead of fries, I decided to get the potato croquettes.  I really wished they had mashed potatoes, but unfortunately they don’t.  The croquettes are totally crispy on the outside, warm on the inside with the potato filling.  It completely warms your heart!

I tried the spinach bowl, hoping that it would taste like Boston Market’s creamy spinach.  Instead, you get a small bowl of blanched spinach, flavored with some garlic.  It was a little watery for my tastes.  They need some Boston Market here.

Overall, this place is really nice.  I would definitely come back here for more.  Heck, I would even open a Schnitzel Huber in America if I could…

Summary:

Great value, excellent prices.  Probably the least expensive plate I have seen thus far in Deutschland.  Delicious schnitzel.  Outdoor seating.  Bathrooms downstairs, relatively clean.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Schnitzel – 4.5/5
  • Potato Croquettes – 4/5
  • Spinach – 3.5/5
  • Mushroom gravy – 3/5
  • Service 5/5

 

31. August 2009

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August 31st, 2009 at 11:34 pm

China Restaurant Lucky Garden

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China Restaurant Lucky Garden Hilden

Mühlenhof 1-3 40721 Hilden

This pleasant Chinese restaurant not only features a takeout menu, but also an all you can eat buffet.  I ate at this restaurant with my uncle, my aunt, and the family of a close friend.  Even though we arrived at around 7:30 PM on a Saturday, there were only two other tables occupied with patrons.

As far as drinks are concerned, I initially got a glass of Still Wasser (water without carbonation).  The father of the family (it was his birthday) later gave me a ‘Radler’, which is a mix of Krombacher Pils beer with Sprite.  It tastes really good because the Sprite adds some lemony flavor and sweetness.  At the end of the meal, we were served plum wine, which was quite alcoholic but manageable.

  

The buffet here is sort of like any other Chinese buffet.  There were maybe a total of 15 main items you can choose from, not including the white rice, some soups, lettuce, tomatoes, and corn.  The first item I saw was ‘Nasi-Goreng,’ which is a curry rice dish with pieces of chicken and shrimp.  They also had a noodle dish, sort of like chow mien.  Of course, the buffet had wontons, fried items, such as fried shrimp, fish, chicken, and fries, and many vegetable dishes, including string beans and mushrooms.  This place also has some chicken curry items, dishes featuring duck, and chicken skewers in peanut sauce.  Some items are traditional Chinese, some items are not.

  

As for dessert, you can get ice cream in three flavors – chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla.  They have lychee as well.  Fortune cookies are also available for taking.

Overall, this is a great place to stuff yourself.  The food is quite delicious.  I personally liked the chicken dishes because the chicken was tasty and tender.  Even though I am not a big eater of curry items, the chicken curry was rather tasty.

 

Summary:

Great buffet food.  Dogs welcome inside.  Parking next to apartment buildings (we parked there, even though the sign was not exactly clear about parking there).

Overall – 4 stars

  • Service 5/5

 

29. August 2009

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August 29th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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Pizzeria Logo

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Pizzeria Logo 

Hasselstrasse 109 40599 Düsseldorf

This small local pizza joint specializes in Italian type of pizza.  I visited this place in the evening of August 28th with my uncle and ordered take out.  They have several different varieties of pizzas, pastas, and salads.  They also have a few wine bottles in their refrigerator.

The pizzas here are Italian style, meaning thin, crispy crust.  In terms of size, the pizzas are larger than a personal pan from Pizza Hut, but smaller than a medium.  The menu states that each pizza comes with tomatoes (sauce), cheese, and oregano.  Garlic and hot pepper flakes are available upon request.  Not really sure what to get, I decided on the spinach pizza with onions and garlic.  For only € 5,00, it really isn’t too expensive.  My aunt wanted the primavera pizza with spinach, mushrooms, onions, and artichokes.  She also got the hot pepper flakes, which aren’t too spicy – sort of like the ones that come in a packet.  My uncle ordered the macaroni with cheese (though he ordered the big, hollow noodle – cannelloni?), but I didn’t sample it.  It didn’t seem like there was any cheddar cheese in there, or any yellow cheese.  Boy, do I miss traditional, American style Mac and Cheese.

They don’t seem to have sausage pizzas or just plain pepperoni.  Maybe I am too Americanized to be looking for these types of pizzas.

 

Summary:

Two tables with about six stools to sit.  No dogs welcome inside.  Service was relatively quick (about a five minute wait, although there were only a few people there).

Overall – 3 stars

  • Primavera Pizza (Spinach, Champignons, Onions, and Artichokes) – 3.5/5
  • Spinach Pizza (added in Onions and Garlic) – 3/5
  • Service 4/5

 

28. August 2009

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August 28th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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Restaurant Platon

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Restaurant Platon

Am Schönekamp 258 40599 Düsseldorf

Located right off of the Autobahn, this lovely Greek restaurant is a favorite of my uncle and aunt.  We arrived for dinner at approximately 9:30 PM on the 27th of August and decided to sit at a table outside.  Each table is lit by candle.  I decided to get a Königin Pils beer to get a taste of it.  We were also served small glasses of some alcoholic drink, which I found to be quite potent.

  

My uncle ordered the Garnelen Saganaki (shrimp cooked in a sauce filled with pepperoni and peppers) as an appetizer, which tasted quite good.  It reminded me of a tomato sauce with shrimp.  We were also served bread to eat with it.  As a main dish, my uncle got the breaded red snapper fillets served with vegetables.  The fish reminded me of good ole fish sticks, though a little more sophisticated than the frozen kinds back home, of course.  My aunt got the liver (Leber) served with grilled onions, red sauce of the side, and with rice pilaf.  It was good, though I am not necessarily a big liver lover.  As for myself, because it is a Greek establishment, I decided on the pork cutlet with a gyro.  It came with Tzatziki sauce, the red sauce, and rice pilaf.

  

As an American from the Los Angeles area, I always loved going to Petit’s restaurant near LAX for their awesome gyros.  It always occurred to me that a gyro was chunks of lamb stuffed, amongst other things, in pita bread.  However, the gyro here was simply pork meat slices (albeit from a spit) with raw onion slices.  Simply put, the gyro was good but definitely not what I was expecting.  The pork cutlet was also too tough for me to cut through.  Both the sauces are really good, but the rice portion was quite small.  For the price, I would have expected more rice and less sauce.  Oh, how I yearn for Petit’s!

Total cost was 51 EUR including the beer, a coke, and water.

 

Summary:

Great seating.  Outdoor seating available.  Dogs welcome.  Service was great (although my aunt and uncle know the owner of the restaurant and are friends with the waiter).

Overall – 3 ½ stars

  • Sagnaki Shrimp: 3.5/5
  • Red Snapper Filets: 3/5
  • Liver: 3/5 (remember, I don’t really eat liver too often)
  • Pork cutlet and Gyro: 3.5/5
  • Service 5/5

 

27. August 2009

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August 27th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

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China Restaurant Dschunke

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China Restaurant Dschunke

Charlottenstr. 59 40210 Düsseldorf

Located near the Düsseldorf Hauptbahnhof, this place has a great ambiance.  After passing through the double doors, you immediately sense that you’re in for a Chinese experience with all of the elegant statues and dining furniture.

I stopped by this Chinese restaurant for lunch after coming back from the Hauptbahnhof and the AquaZoo on the 27th of August with my aunt.

 

As a long time lover of dim sum, I was really looking forward to trying it here in Germany.  To my surprise the restaurant menu features many well known types of dim sum, from siu mai to sao pao to choung fun.  However, they don’t have the push carts commonly found in LA dim sum joints.  Instead, you have to order them from the menu and they aren’t cheap at all (don’t worry, the menu is in English too!).  Many dim sum items cost around 3 € with the same portion sizes back home.  We ordered the siu mai (pork steamed dumplings), har gau (shrimp dumpling), shrimp cheong fun (noodle roll), and cha shu cheong fun (BBQ pork noodle roll).

 

I also ordered the chicken chow fun (thick noodles with gravy) and my aunt ordered the Chinese green vegetables with oyster sauce.   The shu mai was just decent (I’ve had better) and the shrimp dumpling was just a tad better.  The shrimp cheong fun was simply okay, nothing to get excited about.  The BBQ pork cheong fun was really good, almost like the ones I love.  The sauce they use, however, was too thick for my liking.  Had they used the kind as in LA, it would be excellent.

 

The Chinese green vegetables were pretty standard fair.  The chicken chow fun had a different type of vegetable than what I was used to.  Overall, though, it was better than average.  I just couldn’t eat a lot of it because I was already full eating all of the dim sum.

Cost was around 39 € including 2 green teas and a bitter lemon soda for my aunt.

Summary:

Great, elegant seating.  No outdoor seating available.  Bathrooom is located downstairs, fairly clean but somewhat dark.  Service was just okay (another table complained about the long wait, even though it was for lunch and there were only two tables taken – one waiter).

Overall – 3 ½ stars

  • Shu Mai: 2.5/5
  • Hargow: 3/5
  • Shrimp Cheong Fun: 3/5
  • BBQ pork Cheong Fun: 4/5
  • Chicken Chow Fun: 3.5/5
  • Service: 4/5

 

27. August 2009

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August 27th, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Baan Thai

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Restaurant Baan Thai

Berger Straße 28  40213 Düsseldorf

This charming restaurant is located in the Düsseldorf-Altstadt.   I visited this place with my aunt for lunch.  Because my aunt worked there for several years, I wanted to give this place a try.

First thing to order is always the drinks.  I ordered Thai ice coffee, which was quite sweet.  I wonder if they use caramel because the condensed milk I am used to tastes so much different.

I was hungering for some more noodles because the weekend before I came to Germany I had some soup noodles in North Hollywood.  So, I decided to order the relatively well-known Thai boat noodles.  To my dismay, I learned that it is forbidden to use raw blood in the kitchens here, so they weren’t able to make them in the traditional style.  The soup tasted really bland, essentially like they just added the see-eew sauce and maybe a little fish sauce.  The noodles I ordered were the thick kind, the way I enjoy it.  However, they didn’t have the type of beef (stewed beef) that I prefer and the meatballs were the kinds of tough.

 

My aunt ordered the som-tum (though it didn’t have the traditional papaya), with Thai BBQ chicken, and sticky rice.  The som-thum was decent.  The BBQ chicken was pretty good.  We also ordered grilled pork on skewers.  The meat was soft and juicy.  Probably the best thing I ate there.  Cost was around 31 € for these three items, my Thai iced coffee, and my aunt’s green tea.

Summary:

Nice ambiance.  Seating areas somewhat difficult to get inside and out.  Outdoor seating is available.  Bathroom quite clean.  Bar inside.

Overall – 4 stars

  • Grilled Pork Skewers: 4/5
  • BBQ Chicken: 3.5/5
  • Som Tum: 3/5
  • Thai Boat Noodles: 1.5/5
  • Service: 4.5/5

 

27. August 2009 

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August 26th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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