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Medocs

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Sofienstraße 7B 69115 Heidelberg

Having lived in Germany for many months now, and after visiting countless restaurants, it’s easy to become addicted to schnitzel.  Simple yet flavorful, schnitzel is the standard dish not only featured on German menus, but also restaurants with an international flair.  One such establishment, Medocs, has a terrific label for this breaded pork obsession – ‘Schnitzel Fever.’  It’s one of the many specials featured at this classic café and restaurant in Heidelberg.

 

Through the two glass door entrance, you are immediately met with the bar area.  The cozy dining area extends from the front entrance all the way to the back end of the restaurant.  Appearing along the way are corner areas, ideal for groups or private conversation.  The modern décor perfectly fits into that distinctive café setting.  All around the white walls are various framed images of random objects and people – coffee cups brimming with brew, couples smooching one another, dancers in a pose with their shadows, and distant views of a construction site.  There are also large blackboards featuring dinner specials – tempting during lunch hours, but just a tease and a reminder to come back during the evening.  The black, white, and red color scheme here seems to be the trend.  Black cushioned booth style seating line the walls and offer an alternative to the polished, round wooden chairs.  Tables are sturdy marble and come with a lit candle to provide that romantic touch.

Awaiting you at each table are a handful of various brochures, including the standard everyday menu, a card listing evening dishes (available after 5 PM), special seasonal offerings, and another one advertising weekday specials.  Although it may seem a bit cluttered and confusing at first, it’s worth the time to glance through each one to become aware of any discounts.  The specials at Medocs are what make the place unique and quite popular amongst the locals.  For instance, Medocs features a weekday lunch menu with 5 different dishes, including a pasta, salad, meat, and vegetarian dish, each for only 5 €.  Add the fact that the choices vary each week and you have an excellent reason to keep coming back for more.  Other specials include ‘Green Monday’ (all salads are 5,90 € after 5 PM), ‘Tropical Thursdays’ (cocktails 3,90 € each after 8 PM), and ‘Schnitzel Fever’ every Saturday, Sunday, and holidays after 12 PM (all schnitzels at a reduced price).

 

Written in both German and English, the standard menu at Medocs forays into different types of cuisine.  In addition to German breakfast items, you can find a mixture of international dishes – baguettes, soups, salads, and pastas.  After 5 PM, the selection becomes even larger as you can order burgers, steaks, and other grilled specialties.  Highlighting the menu is a fairly impressive list of schnitzels.  Aside from the typical “Wiener Art,” you can get 8 different varieties of schnitzel, including “Gorgonzola-Schnitzel,” “Texas” style schnitzel with BBQ sauce, and a salad with strips of breaded pork.  There are also 4 unique types with cheese baked on top.

 

Listed amongst the schnitzels is Schnitzel ‘Madagaskar’ – pork schnitzel, breaded extremely well, served in an orange cream sauce with green peppercorns.  On the side are home fried potatoes.  Considering the large portion sizes, the price tag of 8,20 € is very reasonable.  The small green Madagascar peppercorns add a nice zing to the pork.  It gives the dish a slight spicy sensation – that much needed kick.  The peppercorns infuse a uniquely exotic flavor into the sauce; the taste refined and rich.  The breading on the schnitzel is also remarkable.  A thick layer of breading, compact and crisp, covers the surface of the pork and provides a great texture that contrasts nicely with the meat.  Together with the cream sauce and the tightly packed breading, the flavor combination makes every bite a delight.

Consistency at Medocs appears to be the only issue.  On one visit, the breaded pork was graciously doused with cream sauce, along with a nice heaping of green peppercorns.  The potatoes were cooked perfectly, seasoned and buttered flawlessly.  On another visit, a number of home fries were burnt on the surface.  Although visually unappealing, the charred potatoes were given an even crispier outer coating that contrasted sharply with the delicate flesh.  Additionally, the given amount of cream sauce was sparse.

 

Desserts are rather limited.  Aside from typical apple strudel, you can find various cakes and pies as well as a good crêpe dish.  Rolled up crêpe, filled with warm chocolate sauce and dusted with cocoa powder, is a delight.  A scoop of vanilla ice cream, along with a mound of whipped cream, sliced almonds, and slices of fresh fruits, all bring the dish together.  The dish isn’t overly sweet; rather, the balance is just right.  The warm sensations of the delicate crêpe contrast well with the cold and creamy nature of the ice cream and whipped topping.  The slices of orange are sweet and work wonderfully with the chocolate.  Overall, it’s a great finish to the meal.

Medocs may very well be considered a local cult.  Not only will you find couples enjoying a romantic meal, students taking a break from their busy schedules, and elderly women chit-chatting over coffee, but also businessmen taking full advantage of the inexpensive lunch menu.  Essentially everyone comes to Medocs to unwind from the chaos outside and relax in the casual, inviting atmosphere.  With its perfect location, sensible prices, pleasant service, sensational specials, and tremendous food, Medocs is here to stay.

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Summary:

Medocs is a café and restaurant perfectly situated at Heidelberg’s Bismarckplatz.  Serving up a mixture of international cuisines, including American, Italian, and German dishes, Medocs is very reasonably priced and certainly worthy of a visit (and repeat visits thereafter!).  Various specials throughout the week, including schnitzel fever on the weekends.  5 € weekday lunch menu dishes, varying each week.  Friendly, affable service.  Outdoor seating available.

Overall – 4 stars

  • Schnitzel ‘Madagaskar’ – 4.5/5
  • Crêpe Schokolade – 4/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.medocs-cafe.de/

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May 18th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Ristorante Da Mario

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Rohrbacher Straße 3 69115 Heidelberg

Taking an extremely narrow escalator up to the second story of a corner building, without having any idea what to expect, can be a frightening thought.  Sure, there are signs outside indicating an Italian restaurant and pizzeria, as well as a German bank, up there.  However, you can’t really see what’s actually at the top until you get there.  Surprisingly, a life sized figure of a waiter stands waiting at the top, in front of double doors, providing assurance that you are at the right place!

Once you step through the doors at Da Mario, you are immediately taken back by how open and spacious the restaurant is.  Simply put, the place is enormous.  Eye-catching is the extensive bakery style display case featuring an assortment of mouthwatering cakes and desserts.  Behind the counter are coffee and espresso machines, in addition to various wine bottles.  The ambiance is elegant and impressive.  Seating consists of padded booth style seating surrounding clean, table cloth covered wooden tables.  There are also comfortable black cushioned sofa chairs, in addition to wooden seats.  The small tables are enough for two people; put together they can accompany larger groups.  Each is fitted with a beautiful flower in a vase and a black pepper mill.  The service at Da Mario matches the elegant design – the servers are smartly dressed in white collared shirts with ties.  The staff is polite and courteous, attentive to your needs.

 

The menu includes typical Italian entrées – antipasto, salads, pizzas, pastas, and various meat dishes.  As with practically every restaurant in the area, Da Mario offers a special lunchtime menu featuring a selection of dishes at a reduced price.  There are also a few complete meals, each including a small side salad and dessert.  One of the daily specials is a Tagespizza (pizza of the day) with ham and mushrooms as toppings.  Included are a small salad and two slices of fresh, crisp, and flavorful Italian bread.  At 6,50 €, this meal is certainly a bargain.

 

It’s easy to see that the pizzas here are hand-tossed, as they aren’t exactly uniformly disc shaped.  The pizzas are flat and extremely thin – roughly having a 2 mm base.  However, they are approximately 12 inches in diameter – easily shared amongst two people (making it an even better deal!).  Of course, these pizzas are traditionally prepared with mozzarella and tomato sauce topping the base.  On a positive note, the tomato sauce isn’t too aggressive and doesn’t overshadow the other toppings.  The amount of cheese and tomato sauce, in comparison to the number of toppings, seems just right.  Although it’s a matter of personal preference, it would have been better with more mozzarella bubbling on the surface.  A hint of oregano flourishes on top of the pizza.  As far as the toppings are concerned, the large slices of ham are not overly salty.  It provides a good flavor overall, though the taste eventually becomes boring.  The mushrooms are succulent and provide a different taste.  Taken as a whole, however, the combination of ham and mushrooms on the pizza isn’t anything new.  The pizza is great and the price is super, but it isn’t going to make headlines.

Ristorante Da Mario is a terrific place to relax and unwind from a busy day on the job, or a long day of shopping.  During the daytime, it’s a great place for a business lunch meeting; during the evening a perfect romantic dinner.  Come grab a quick, inexpensive lunch off the daily menu, while reading one of the current popular magazines or daily newspapers offered in the front.  In the summertime, seating outside on the terrace provides guests with a wonderful view of the boisterous street below.

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Summary:

Da Mario is an Italian restaurant and pizzeria located in the heart of Bismarckplatz in Heidelberg.  Traditional Italian dishes, including pizzas, a variety of pastas, risotto, and assorted meat entrées.  Dessert display cases featuring scrumptious cakes.  Impressive, pleasant dining environment.  Excellent, attentive professional service.  Outdoor terrace seating available.  Prices ranging from extremely affordable to moderate.

Overall – 4 stars

  • Tagespizza (Pizza of the Day with Ham and Sausage) – 3.5/5
  • Small Salad – 3.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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March 2nd, 2010 at 10:13 pm

La Vite

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La Vite Heidelberg

Bergheimer Straße 23 69115 Heidelberg

Buona sera !” utters the Italian waitress as I enter the restaurant and am quickly seated at an open table.  “Prego !“ she says as a spoon is set forth in front of me before the meal begins.  “Ciao !” she exclaims, as I leave the front doors.  From the moment you set foot in this restaurant, to the time you leave, you will certainly pick up a few words of Italian.

 

This ristorante has quite an elegant layout.  Each table is outfitted with a clean, white tablecloth, overlapped by decorated red linen.  Comfortable, cushioned booth seating lines the walls all around the restaurant.  The atmosphere is cozy and pleasant – not exactly romantic, but more family oriented.  Although the tables are adorned with roses and red burning candles, the place is too well lit for that quiet, romantic evening.  The dining area can also get quite boisterous with chatter, which drowns out the popular Italian tunes playing from the speakers.  The walls are decorated with a few paintings and, most notably, a couple of beautiful, colorful mosaic designs.  Wine racks are visible near the back of the restaurant and are loaded with various bottles.  Throughout the evening, the occasional pop of a bottle being opened is always a welcome sound.  The service at La Vite is attentive and sincere – Italian hospitality at its finest.

 

For starters, you are given a complimentary bread basket accompanied by a small bowl of herb butter.  The mini-bread rolls are soft and taste good with the creamy butter.  Additionally, a plate of bruschetta, topped with chunks of tomatoes, olive oil, and fresh herbs, arrives simultaneously with the bread rolls.  The bruschetta is refreshing and absolutely delicious.  The crisp, warm bread, rubbed with garlic and infused with olive oil, perfectly contrasts the cold, fresh tomatoes and herbs.  A wonderful start to the meal.

 

The fettuccine alle Sarda (Sardinian style fettuccine dish), priced at 10,60 €, is comprised of homemade ribbon noodles with lamb tips, flambéed in red wine, all served in a thick, dark cream sauce.  Diced tomatoes and shallots, as well as Italian parsley and herbs, infuse flavor in the dish.  Furthermore, the plate is accompanied by a container of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.  The noodles are cooked al dente and the lamb is prepared finely, not gamey at all.  If you didn’t know any better, you may even think it tastes like beef.  The succulent lamb meat isn’t chewy or tough – it is cooked pretty well.  The flavor of the sauce leans toward the acidic side, but can be easily adjusted with a couple spoonfuls of grated Parmesan cheese.  Overall, the dish is gratifying and satisfying.

The dessert list is full of traditional Italian desserts, including gelato and panna cotta. But for a comforting end to a great meal, you will want to order the tiramisu for dessert.  Light, airy, and delicate, the tiramisu is superb, though a bit overpriced at 4,80 Euros.

 

Don’t forget the espresso (or the espresso doppio) to round out the Italian dining experience.  Buon appetito !

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Summary:

Restaurant La Vite is an excellent, traditional Italian restaurant a few minutes away from Heidelberg’s Bismarckplatz.  A variety of dishes, ranging from the typical Italian – antipasti, pizza, insalate, and pastas – to meat centered dishes such as pork, chicken, lamb, and fish. Exceptional, warm service.  Moderate prices.  Weekly lunch menu.  Monthly season specialties.

Hours: Monday – Sunday 12 PM – 3 PM, 6 PMMidnight
 

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Bruschetta with Fresh Tomato and Olive Oil – 5/5
  • Fettuccine alla Sarda (Homemade Fettuccine Noodles with Lamb in a Red Wine Cream Sauce) – 4/5
  • Tiramisu – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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January 22nd, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Palast Pizza & Döner Haus

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Bergheimer Straße 35 69115 Heidelberg

In Heidelberg, and in most parts of Germany, people ride their bikes, take the bus, or simply walk.  When you see people walking on the sidewalk, oftentimes they will be carrying shopping bags, holding onto a dog leash, or chowing down on food – French fries, a pretzel, or a döner kebab.  Watching people pass by with their yummy kebab sandwiches is enough to make anybody hungry.  Palast Pizza & Döner Haus, a prototypical fast food establishment in Germany, is a good place to satisfy your luscious cravings for döner.

 

Palast is a few minutes walk from Heidelberg’s central square – also known as Bismarckplatz.  This fast food eatery can be found amongst a variety of stores, barber shops, and markets.  Enter the restaurant and you will be met with a pretty simple layout.  On your left is the service counter.  On the right you will find 3 marble tables, each large enough to accommodate a group of four.  There are blue whicker chairs at each table.  Furthermore, there are two smaller tables in the front and back, each fitted with a couple of barstools.  The décor here could use some work – a few framed pictures of flowers hang on the soft, peach colored walls.  Lighting is decorative and beautiful.  A few plants lining the front of the restaurant breathe life into the room.

The menu is typical of other kebab houses in Germany.  Pizza, pastas (such as spaghetti, macaroni, and lasagna), a handful of different salads, and döner essentially make up the entire menu.

 

One unusual dish, not usually found at other such eateries, is the Döner Überbacken – basically a cross between lasagna and gratin with slices of chicken döner meat.  The preparation is relatively simple: onions, green, yellow, and red bell peppers are sautéed in a pan with tomato sauce until tender.  Next, the meat gets added and heated up.  The entire mixture is scooped into an aluminum foil container, cheese is layered on top, and the whole concoction is baked in the oven until hot and bubbly.  A sprinkle of dried oregano finishes it off and provides a great aroma.  The combination of the sweet, crunchy vegetables, in contrast to the gooey cheese and flavorful döner meat, creates an enjoyable flavor explosion in your mouth.  The meat, which is fairly salty, dominates the dish.  Fortunately, you can ask for a piece of warm, crisp bread to combat the aggressive saltiness and to help soak up the tomato juices.  Overall, the dish is good and flavorful.

Palast, meaning ‘palace’ in German, tries its best to serve food fit for monarchs, even going so far as to provide delivery service for their royal customers.  However, there isn’t anything special about the flavor of the dishes here, compared with similar ones at other kebab eateries.  In other words, the food here isn’t going to blow your mind away but Palast is a good place to pick up a quick Döner.

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Summary:

A typical German fast food eatery located near Heidelberg’s Bismarckplatz, Palast Pizza & Döner Haus features an extensive selection of pizzas, pastas, salads, Döner dishes, and standard schnitzel fare.  Drinks are inexpensive.  Delivery Service Available.  Reasonable prices.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
               Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays 12:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Overall – 3.5 stars

  • Döner Überbacken (sautéed onions and peppers in a tomato sauce, layered with Döner meat, topped with white cheese and baked in an oven) – 4/5
  • Service – 5/5

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January 21st, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Billy Blues (im Ziegler)

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Billy Blues Restaurant Heidelberg

Bergheimerstraße 1B 69115 Heidelberg

So Heidelberg has its German restaurants, Thai, Korean, and Chinese eateries, a good amount of fast food joints, Italian bistros, and also some places serving up African cuisine.  What about a good American grill restaurant?  Well, look no farther than Bismarckplatz, where Billy Blues restaurant fits the bill.

 

Step inside the old Ziegler building and you will find three doors without any descriptions on them.  What a mysterious place to be!  The door on the right will lead you to where you will want to go – Billy Blues Bar & Grill.  Here, the mood is rather lively.  There is a full bar with tons of barstools lined up.  Seating is reminiscent of a cocktail lounge.  In keeping with the blues theme, there are framed photos of musicians and music notes decorating the walls.  Jazz and blues from the speakers liven up the place and entertain you while eating.  Late at night, the place transforms into a full scale cocktail bar and the music blasts throughout the joint.  On various nights of the week, there are special events such as salsa Wednesday nights.

One glance at the menu at Billy Blues and you will notice an innovative twist to some traditional dishes.  Asian duck consommé.  South American crabcakes.  Grilled Tuna filet with wasabi butter sauce.  Talk about fusion cuisine!  It’s rather unusual to find such contemporary entrées in a tourist city such as Heidelberg.  But taking such chances differentiates Billy Blues from other ordinary restaurants here.  This makes Billy Blues quite unique.  And that’s not a bad thing at all.

For partygoers, the list of drinks is pretty extensive.  Billy Blues offers long drinks, whiskeys, a limited list of wines, and various cocktail drinks such as coladas, batidas, and shooters.

 

On Tuesday nights, however, Billy Blues offers a finger licking Texas themed All-You-Can-Eat special.  This meal includes all of the chicken wings and BBQ ribs you so desire.  Unlike other buffets, where diners serve themselves, the wings and ribs are cooked to order.  Once you are done with your plate, ask for more and the waiters will bring you more.  This can be a bad thing if you are absolutely starving because it can take up to 10 to 15 minutes for your plate to come to your table.  On the plus side, though, it’s definitely worth the wait!  The first plate is amazingly colossal – enough to feed a king.  Finishing the first plate might be a monumental task in itself!  It comes with about three slabs of back ribs slathered in their homemade BBQ sauce, fifteen crispy bone-in chicken wings, a soft, fluffy baked potato with sour cream on top, and a tiny ‘salad’ with cucumber slices and a tomato segment.

The flavorful BBQ sauce is more sweet than tangy here.  It tastes a lot better with the chicken wings than with the ribs – only because the sauce penetrates the wings a lot better.  Chicken wings are piping hot and have a satisfying crunch, almost like mini fried chicken.  It’s good enough to eat by itself, without the sauce, yet they aren’t terribly greasy.  The ribs are a mixed bag – on some ribs, the meat will fall right off the bone, on others the meat has to be chewed off.  The potato is rather ordinary and the lack of butter is disappointing.  Though a good complement to the portion of meat.

 

For only 9,50 €, it’s a little puzzling why this monstrous meal is such a good deal.  Billy Blues is closed Sundays and Mondays, so the chefs may be looking to get rid of meat that has been lingering around for the weekend.  Nonetheless, as long as the meat comes scorching hot to the table, this is a great find for those special Tuesday nights.  Bring the gang, unloosen your belts, order plenty of water, and get down and dirty at Billy Blues.

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Summary:

Situated near Bismarckplatz in Heidelberg, Billy Blues is a barbeque bar and grill featuring TexMex, Cajun, and California cuisine in a hip, trendy environment.  Live entertainment acts performed at night.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • All-You-Can-Eat Tuesdays – 5/5
    • BBQ Chicken Wings – 5/5
    • BBQ Ribs – 4/5
    • Baked Potato – 4.5/5
  • Service – 4/5

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http://www.billyblues.de

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December 22nd, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Thanaphon Thai Restaurant

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Bahnhofstraße 19 69115 Heidelberg

Some people say that the mark of a good Thai restaurant is how tasty their Pad Thai is.  The individual components of the Pad Thai should create a perfect harmony and balance of flavors – not to sweet, not too sour, just right.  Well, if that’s the case, then Thanaporn Thai restaurant is surely a winner.

Don’t be fooled by the archaic exterior of the restaurant – inside, the dining room is a romantic place and welcoming for diners.  The cloth covered tables are met with woven-wicker chairs that are supplemented with comfortable pillows to keep you nice and warm.  On top of each table, a candle illuminates the area, enhancing the dining experience.  With all of the traditional Thai ornaments and pictures decorating the walls, it definitely feels inviting and hospitable.  Even some of the ceiling panels have the image of the traditional Thai dancer.  Fantastic!

 

The menu is quite extensive with many familiar offerings.  There is a large variety of chicken, pork, beef, fish, and vegetarian selections that will surely meet your needs.  There is also a three course menu, featuring an appetizer, a chicken curry dish, and dessert for single persons and a 4 course tasting menu that can be shared between two people.

The Chicken Pad Thai here is cooked nearly flawlessly.  I am, by no means, a professional on Pad Thai cooking, but this one definitely gets a thumbs up.  The rice noodles were not mushy nor were they over cooked – they had just the right texture.  The slices of chicken were moist and juicy.  The dish was stir-fried with the usual ingredients – bean sprouts, chunks of tofu, egg, a piece of lime, a couple slices of cucumbers, and some crushed peanuts – and garnished with chopped cilantro.  My only complaint was the sparse amount of nuts.  Overall, though, the flavor combinations worked extremely well here.

Portion sizes are slightly smaller than they could be, however the taste certainly makes up for it.  The prices are reasonable – the Pad Thai dish cost 7,80 EUR and a cup of tea 1,70 EUR.

Thanaphon is located behind the Crowne Plaza Hotel, near the Bismarckplatz in Heidelberg.  It is a secret that cannot remain hidden forever!

 

Summary:

Tucked away from the main roads in Heidelberg, Thanaphon Thai Restaurant is a charming restaurant serving up delicious, authentic Thai cuisine.

Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Overall – 5 stars

  • Guey Tew Pad Thai with Chicken – 5/5
  • Jasmine Tea – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5

http://www.thanaphon.de/

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October 30th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Kebapzentrum (Update)

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Kebapzentrum Heidelberg

Rohrbacherstr. 2 69115 Heidelberg

After trying the Kalbfleisch (beef) döner plate yesterday, I decided to stop by this place again for the chicken kebab.  There’s something about those vertical spits of meat that has me so enamored with döner!

Anyways, I enter the joint for an early dinner and ordered a small Hähnchen Döner (Chicken döner).  I was completely fascinated watching the guys prepare it.  The person behind the counter toasted a round piece of thick flatbread (think Quiznos), sliced open the hot, steaming bread, placed some slices of chicken inside, added the salad (chopped lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, raw onions, and cucumbers), poured on the salad dressing, and then slathered on the hot sauce.  Incredible!

 

At first, I didn’t know how to begin eating this beast.  The orange hot sauce and the salad dressing were oozing out of the open sandwich.  After a deep breath, I simply grabbed the monster and chewed down on it.  Bursting with flavor… it was delicious!  The strips of chicken were not too overly seasoned, but perfectly balanced by the amount of salad and dressing.  The flatbread crust was crisp and toasty; the inside soft and delicate.  The combination of bread, vegetables, meat, and sauce easily joins together in harmony.

The only downside to the döner was the lack of sauce.  I must repeat what I mentioned before – the hot sauce merely played around with my tongue.  As you get towards the end of the sandwich, you end up feeling depressed a bit because there is simply not enough sauce inside.  You end up searching for any traces stuck on the paper wrap or on the plate, but find that there’s simply not enough.

For the price of 2,70 EUR, a small Chicken döner can be an inexpensive quick snack, or a meal on the run.

 

Summary:

Kebabzentrum is a typical kebab fast food joint featuring Turkish, Italian, and Lebanese food at very reasonable prices.  Open late for those looking for a night snack.

          Hours: Monday to Thursday, Sunday: 10 AM – 1 AM
                         Friday, Saturday 10 AM – 5 AM

Overall – 4 stars

  • Hähnchen Döner – 4/5
  • Service – 4/5

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October 10th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

Kebapzentrum

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Kebapzentrum 

Rohrbacherstr. 2 69115 Heidelberg

If you find yourself in Germany and start peeking through some of the shop windows along the street, you are bound to come across fast food joints that feature meat being cooked on a rotating, vertical spit.  These döner kebabs are similar to gyros in other places of the world.  Whatever they are called, Germans love eating them!

Kebapzentrum is conveniently located in the Bismarckplatz area near the Altstadt in Heidelberg.  It is a small shop situated under a white building called the ‘F+U Academy’ (a language school).  Entering the place, you will be amazed at how modern and sleek the shop looks.  Although it is a relatively small establishment, there are 4 tables and about 8 stylish stools at the counter to sit.  There is also a television with Turkish news playing.  This place offers two choices for kebab – chicken or beef.

I decided to stop by this place for dinner.  After a few minutes of deliberation, I decided on the Dönerteller (kebab plate) with beef .  The plate comes with the choice of rice or French fries, salad, and sauce on the meat.  I chose the fries as my side along with scharfe Soße (hot sauce) on top.  Everything is prepared right in front of you.  The fries start as the base on a large plate, then comes a mixture of salad on the side with tons of dressing, and finally the meat showered on top of the fries.  After paying, you get your plate with some silverware to boot.  Very nice, indeed.

Or so I thought.  The kebab was mediocre.  There were a few tough portions of meat, but otherwise it was manageable.  The beef was a bit dry, but the sauce helped a tiny bit.  Speaking of which, the so called hot sauce only tickled my tongue.  Albeit spiciness is subjective, this sauce needs some more heat.  The fries were also ordinary.  It was easy to spot that the fries were sitting there a bit too long.  It didn’t help at all that they put the hot meat right on top of it.  Makes it soggy, doesn’t it?  Next time, I will order the rice.  I must admit, though, that I was impressed with the salad.  The guy added different varieties of vegetables to the mix, which made it a wonderful eating experience.

Overall, the plate cost only 6,40 EUR.  I was thinking about trying a chicken döner, but that will have to wait.  After all, I was stuffed for the day.

 

Summary:

Kebapzentrum is a typical kebab fast food joint featuring Turkish, Italian, and Lebanese food at very reasonable prices.  Open late for those looking for a night snack.

          Hours: Monday to Thursday, Sunday: 10 AM – 1 AM
                         Friday, Saturday 10 AM – 5 AM

Overall – 3.5 stars

  • Dönerteller – 3.5/5
    • Lamb Meat – 3/5
    • French fries – 2.5/5
    • Salad – 4/5
  • Service – 4/5

 

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October 9th, 2009 at 5:36 pm