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Food Corner

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Neugasse 21 69117 Heidelberg

Keep in mind that Heidelberg is not only a popular tourist destination, but also home to one of Europe’s oldest educational institutions, the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg.  That being said, it is home to a lot of students, both local and foreign exchange.  Thus, in addition to the touristy restaurants catering to the traveler along the Hauptstraße, Heidelberg also offers a few eateries that accommodate budget-minded students.  Food Corner, situated across from a discount supermarket chain, is one of these economically friendly places to eat.

Food Corner is another typical German fast food eatery.  Visitors will find döner kebab, yufka, lahmacun, falafel, calzones and pizzas on the menu.  Pastas topped with various sauces, along with schnitzel and cordon bleu plates, can also be had.  Salads with different types of condiments and meats can be found.  Prices are very reasonable in comparison to rival fast food joints around town.  A large döner sandwich, for instance, costs 3,70 €.  Beverage prices are also unbeatable.  Many people stop by merely to purchase a beer and relax outside.  Costs are kept low due in part to the no-frills approach here.

 

At 5,50 €, the Döner Teller (Döner Plate) here is arguably the cheapest döner dish you will find in Heidelberg.  The plate comes with a small salad and your choice of either fries or rice.  The salad consists of white cabbage, lettuce, a couple slices of cucumbers, and a few diced tomatoes, dressed in a creamy, white yogurt sauce.  Presentation is simple, with each element occupying its own area on the bare, white plate.

Nothing about the dish stands out.  Döner meat is tougher and chewier than other places, though it has good flavor.  The meat is shaved from the spit with a machine, as opposed to being hand sliced using large knives.  Unusual here at Food Corner is the extraordinarily large strips of döner meat served on the plate, rather than smaller, bite sized pieces.  Fries are crisp and cooked to order, receiving a nice sprinkle of seasoning that improves the taste.  However, they are a tad salty.  Overall, considering the price tag, this plate is good for a quick lunch that won’t break the bank.

 

Unfortunately, the cordon bleu is another story.  The concept for a chicken cordon bleu is relatively simple – pounded chicken breast, filled with ham and cheese, and then folded over.  But during one visit here, they managed to fumble up the most important aspect of any dish – the flavor.  The chicken is horrendously bad, as it tastes more sour than salty.  Even the presence of the ham or the gooey cheese can’t seem to hide the disgustingly odd taste.  The rice doesn’t help matters at all.  Bland and uninteresting, the rice desperately needs some sort of seasoning to even be bearable.  Fortunately, there are salt and pepper shakers at each table.  At 6,00 €, you would be better off ordering the döner plate or anything else for that matter.

A decent, quick meal that’s easy on the pocket can easily be found here at Food Corner.  Just don’t expect anything remarkable.

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Summary:

Food Corner is precisely what its name describes – a fast food establishment at a street corner.  Typical of other German fast food restaurants, Food Corner features a decent selection of döner kebabs, yufkas, lahmacun, falafel, and pizzas.  Other items include schnitzel, salads, calzones, and pastas, as well as calamari rings, a chicken sandwich, and baked potato.  All items, including drinks, are very reasonably priced.  A few tables outside.  Service is standard.

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Overall – 3 stars

  • Döner Teller mit Pommes dazu Salat und Joghurtsauce (Döner Plate with Fries, Salad, and Yogurt Sauce) – 3.5/5
  • Cordon Bleu – 1/5
  • Service – 5/5

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June 15th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Charisma

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Bergheimer Straße 59-61 69115 Heidelberg

Charisma – a special personality trait characterized by the ability to influence or inspire a large number of people through devotion and enthusiasm.  Charismatic – possessing an extraordinary ability to attract; charming, alluring, enticing, attractive.  Although linking these terms to any food item may sound absurd, döner kebab is certainly one type that fits the bill, especially in Germany.  After all, not only is this meat extremely popular, but its mere presence has the unusual ability to attract interest from all persons of every age group!

Charisma Kebap & Pizza is your typical kebab and pizza fast food eatery.  On the menu board, you will find an assortment of freshly made pizzas, falafels, pide, Lahmacun, Seele, and kebaps.  Also featured is a vegetarian döner (after all, Charisma is located next to Alnatura, a German supermarket chain exclusively selling products grown without pesticides).  Aside from the standard sodas and drinks located in a refrigerator, Charisma also sells warm drinks, including Turkish tea (Turkischer çay), as well as alcoholic beverages, including a couple of Turkish beers.

 

Just like all the other kebab joints in the area, a döner plate at Charisma will set you back 6,50 €.  Included is your choice of either fries or rice, and a salad.  The accompanying salad is quite the standard – chopped green lettuce, red and white cabbage, sliced carrots, ringed raw white onions, red kidney beans, corn kernels, diced tomatoes, and garnished with chopped parsley.  Added on top is creamy yogurt sauce with garlic.  Needless to say, the medley of vegetables adds a lot of color and is a healthy side to the salty dish.  The vegetables aren’t exactly the freshest, as they have been chilling in the trays behind the glass display case.  However, they are refreshing nonetheless.  The spiced short-grain rice is tasty and has pieces of red tomatoes hidden in amongst the grains, adding extra bursts of flavor.   Only potential downside is the rice being scooped from one of the trays and heated up upon ordering.  But after all, it’s a fast food restaurant so this is expected.

The chicken / turkey (Hähnchen – Puten) döner meat is tender and succulent.  In fact, you can see the meat glistening in the afternoon light – it’s that juicy.  Overall, however, the flavor is comparable to other Döner Kebab joints in the area.  The wonderful seasonings penetrate the meat extremely well, resulting in a tasty end product.  Important here, though, is that there weren’t any tough, chewy portions this time around – no hidden bones or overly fattening sections, just plain delicious meat.  On top of the döner, the workers pour on some more yogurt garlic sauce.  You can also request a red spicy (scharf) chili sauce that provides an unexpected kick.   When you taste it at first, you only get a slight tingle thinking that it’s another mild sauce. Later on, though, your lips may start tingling as the fire builds up.  There are also bowls of chili powder and chili flakes to add even more spice to your life!

Worth mentioning is that it is always entertaining watching the workers slice the meat from the rotating spit.  Observing them work their large knives to carefully slice the extremely thin pieces of meat is simply fascinating every single time!

Overall, the food at Charisma isn’t out of this world.  Rather, it’s simply basic and gets the job done.  If you’re in the area and hankering for chicken döner, Charisma isn’t a bad place to stop by and enjoy one.  It’s safe to say that the food at Charisma is definitely charismatic though!

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Summary:

Charisma is a standard kebab & pizza fast food restaurant featuring döner, pizzas, falafels, pita, lahmacun, and other quick service items.  Extremely quick and efficient service.  Outdoor seating available.  Only Hähnchen-Putenfleisch kebab (Chicken/Turkey Kebab) available.

Overall – 4.25 stars

  • Döner Teller (Döner plate) – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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April 9th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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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

Super Fast Food

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Super Fast Food

Hauptstraße 171 69117 Heidelberg                         [OUT OF BUSINESS]

A product of superior size, quality, or grade; Very large, great, or extreme; Excellent; First-rate.  All of these terms describe the word ‘super.’  In terms of describing this fast food restaurant, however, ‘mediocre’ would have been a better choice.

The generic name of the restaurant, Fast Food, implies fast German food.  That is, Super Fast Food is just another kebab joint that also sells pizza, pasta, and schnitzel.  Upon entering the place, you are immediately greeted with the service counter.  Here, you order what you want.

Here, there are two sizes of Döner Teller (Döner Plates) – regular and small (klein).  The 5,50 € small Döner Teller is quite filling.  At 6,90 €, the normal plate is much more expensive than the other kebab restaurants along the Hauptstraße.  Like at other kebab joints, the plate comes with a side salad and your choice of fries or rice.

 

Unfortunately, they didn’t have rice today so I had to order French Fries.  Fortunately, upon placing my order, a new batch was put into the deep fryer, giving me hot and crunchy potato slices.  Again, the concept of fast food here is truly put into effect.  My plate was prepared quickly and I was able to enjoy my meal within minutes.  Of course, the presentation was lacking in the beauty department.

The Döner plate is simply average.  The salad includes the typical shredded lettuce, green and red cabbage, corn, red kidney beans, diced cucumbers, a banana pepper, chopped parsley, diced tomatoes, and a slice of a tomato – all covered in a creamy white salad dressing.  Surprisingly, there were no onions given.  The chicken kebab is served over the fries, with yogurt sauce slathered on top.  The chicken döner was a little bit dry; some pieces were tough.  Nonetheless, it was flavored well.  Good, but not great.

The ambiance in the dining area is also lacking.  There are a total of seven small, square tables, each with four relatively undersized chairs.  The walls are painted a bright orange color, with yellow blotches of paint.  The green and white tiled floors are cracked in some places.  There is a flat screen television toward the back, playing popular music videos (today there were videos from Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, and Xavier Naidoo).  It sort of feels like a pizza parlor – a place where kids hang out after school.

Compared with ordinary fast food – hamburgers, sandwiches, and donuts – Super Fast Food definitely lives up to its name.  Döner and pasta definitely beats eating hamburgers pretty much any day of the week.  However, measured up against the other kebab joints in the area, particularly Kebab Haus next door, Super Fast Food comes up short.

Summary:

Super Fast Food is your usual fast food joint serving up Döner, pizzas, schnitzel, and pasta at very low prices.  20 % Student Discounts.  Only Hähnchenfleisch (chicken) offered.

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Overall – 3 stars

  • Döner Teller (Chicken Döner with Fries and salad) – 3.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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November 12th, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Yufka’s Kebap & Pizza

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Yukfas Kebab Pizza

Hauptstraße 182 69117 Heidelberg

Shredded green cabbage is scooped onto a clean white platter, followed by a small dosage of slaw-like red cabbage, sliced white onions, sweet corn kernels, diced red tomatoes, red kidney beans, chopped yellow bell peppers, cubed green cucumbers, and a lonesome banana pepper – all forming a half circle on one end of the plate.  Next, there is a trimming sound – shaved cuts of chicken falling from a huge hunk of meat.  This is all quickly shoveled onto the other side, connecting the loop.  A good two or three ladles of yogurt cream sauce gets added over all the components.  Lastly, beautifully cooked rice is piled high in the center of the dish, ready for service.

 

It’s the Döner Teller (Döner plate) that can be had for 6,50 euros.  Like other kebab joints in the city, the plate can also be ordered with fries instead of rice.  The presentation of this dish is quite ambitious.  The addition of the banana pepper, which added a tiny bit of heat to the plate, earns some extra points for uniqueness.

The chicken/turkey döner meat is comparable to the one served at Kebab Haus.  It is delicate and delicious.  The meat is certainly moist.  Moreover, the rice complements the meat really well.  The combination of the sauce, rice, and döner creates a wonderful flavor profile.  The mixture of different vegetables in the salad is also a plus.

The dining experience here, however, is pretty ho-hum.  There isn’t much décor to liven up the place.  There are a total of five wooden tables, each accompanied by 4 standard wooden chairs.  A flat screen television hangs on the back wall of the restaurant, suitable for those wishing to be entertained while eating.  Today, there was a soccer match being shown live between Spain and Burkina Faso.

Overall, Yufka’s Kebap & Pizza is an excellent place to satisfy your kebab cravings.  The workers are fast and efficient and the food is very good.  As with Kebab Haus, the only disadvantage is the available of only one type of döner.

 

Summary:

Yufka’s Kebab & Pizza is another standard kebab eatery featuring Döner, pizzas, and other foods at inexpensive prices.  Located near a large church.  Only Puten-Hähnchenfleisch (chicken with turkey) available.  Outdoor seating also available.

Overall – 4.25 stars

  • Döner Teller (Chicken Döner with rice and salad) – 4.25/5
  • Service – 5/5

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November 5th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Kebab Haus (Update)

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Kebap Haus Heidelberg

Hauptstraße 173 69117 Heidelberg

Second day, second meal, second kebab.  After yesterday’s fantastic adventure with the Döner plate, I decide to come back for another taste.  Again, the service was fantastic.  The worker remembered who I was and welcomed me with a warm greeting.  Excellent!

 

Anyways, I decide on a Döner Kebab Groß.  Simply put, it’s a large sized Döner Kebab.  Preparation is just like at any other kebab restaurant.  The cook slices open the flatbread (this one had black and white sesame seeds on top), stuffs vegetables (red cabbage, onions, and tomatoes) inside, adds a generous amount of sliced chicken döner, and then squeezes on a generous amount yogurt sauce on top of everything else.

The chicken, as it was yesterday, was brilliant – moist and tasty.  Altogether, the amount of chicken was sufficient.  Or so I thought!  As I got to the end of the kebab, I ran into loads of onions.  Crunchy Raw Onions!  Apparently, all of the chicken slices were placed at the front end of the döner.  By the time I got to the back, it was mostly onions, cabbage, and sauce.  Maybe I wasn’t eating it the right way.  Regardless, I was lucky nobody kicked me off the bus with my onion breath on the ride home.

Despite this minor problem, I was satisfied with the Döner Kebab here.  The large Döner kebab costs 4,00 EUR, while the smaller one 2,70 EUR.  Comparable with other kebab houses in the city.  No doubt, this place offers the best chicken döner so far.

 

Summary:

Kebab Haus is another typical kebab eatery featuring Döner, pizzas, and other foods at very affordable prices.  Only Hähnchenfleisch (chicken) offered.  Outdoor seating available.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Döner Kebab Groß (Large Chicken Döner Kebab) – 4.25/5
  • Service – 5/5

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October 24th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Kebab Haus

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Kebap Haus Heidelberg

Hauptstraße 173 69117 Heidelberg

Walking along the main street in the Altstadt of Heidelberg, you will come across an enormous variety of restaurants and eateries.  Of course, you will also find a kebab shop and this one is definitely worth the stop!

Upon entering Kebab Haus, there is an odd sense of the restaurant being divided into two completely different parts  The front area, where you place your order and where everything is cooked, is typical fast food style.  Inside, however, is where the dining area is located.  The décor here is quite upscale for such a fast food joint – almost like you’re at home or in a cozy restaurant.  There are five tables available, each with 4 comfortable woven-wicker chairs.  There is also a television to keep you occupied while you eat!

 

I visited the Kebab Haus today late in the afternoon for dinner.  I immediately ordered the Döner Teller with rice – a plate with a good amount of freshly cut chicken Döner, short grain rice, and small portions of different vegetables (lettuce, red cabbage, corn, sliced carrots, green peppers, and tomatoes).  There was also a healthy portion of yogurt sauce sweetening the salad.  As garnish, chopped parsley was strewn across the dish.  Presentation was utterly magnificent.  Although they had red pepper chili flakes available, I didn’t want to disrupt the beautiful color scheme of the dish.

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The chicken döner was flavored extremely well.  It was moist and appetizing.  You could easily tell that the meat wasn’t sitting around for a while.  Rice may have been a bit mushy – it was good but not great.  Of course, the vegetables provided a healthy addition to the meal.

On the whole, the restaurant is extremely clean and the dining area exudes a warm, inviting feel.  The workers are friendly and the food is top notch.  The only downside is the sole available of one type of meat.  Nonetheless, Kebab Haus works hard at perfecting their chicken döner.  For 6,50 EUR, the Döner Teller was well worth it.

 

Summary:

Kebab Haus is another typical kebab eatery featuring Döner, pizzas, and other foods at very affordable prices.  Only Hähnchenfleisch (chicken) offered.  Outdoor seating available.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Döner Teller (Chicken Döner with brown short grain rice and salad) – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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October 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Istanbul Restaurant & Café

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Istanbul Restaurant 

H1 14 68159 Mannheim

My quest to find the best döner in this region takes me to the city of Mannheim.  After getting some recommendations and hearing a lot of praise for this Turkish establishment, I decide to make the half hour journey for an early dinner.

Admittedly, upon hearing the name of the restaurant, I immediately had high expectations.  I mean, simply using the name of the largest city in Turkey implies that the food has to be good, right?  When I got there, all my expectations were exceeded.  Despite the day being cold and rainy, the place was totally packed.  People were lined up outside the restaurant, waiting for a warm chair and table inside.  It was like waiting at a book signing for that one special moment with your favorite celebrity or author.

Knowing that it would take forever to get a spot inside, I decided to brave the cold and sit outside.  Understandably, service can be a bit slow when it’s crowded.  Even though I asked one of the waiters for a menu, it took about 15 minutes for them to bring me one.  However, once I was finally brought one, everything was smooth thereafter.

Being a traditional Turkish restaurant, I knew I had to have the ultimate Turkish experience.  So, I ordered an Uludağ Gazoz (1,90 EUR for a small glass), a lemon lime soda drink from Turkey.  It tasted similar to Sprite, but with a unique sweetness.  One sip and I was completely addicted!

 

The Tabakta Istanbul Döner – a plate of veal Döner meat on a blended mixture of puréed eggplant, garlic, and yogurt sauce, surrounded with sliced tomatoes and chilies, and garnished with chopped parsley – was the best thing I had eaten all month long.  Presentation of the dish was absolutely magnificent.  On the side was a basket full of flatbreads that helped soak up all the goodness.  The combination of the veal and the sauce was flawless.  I couldn’t believe I had never tasted such heaven before.  The quality of the meat was also better than any other kebab joint.  It was perfectly cooked and seasoned and there weren’t any tough bones or chewy portions.  You definitely won’t be picking your teeth afterwards!  At 7,50 Euros, the Istanbul Döner was quite the bargain.

 

For the sake of comparison, I also sampled the Döner Kebab.  A Halber Döner Kebab (small, with veal) costs 3,00 EUR.  The best part was the warm, toasty bread that made the Döner most delectable.  Of course, the quality of the meat pushes this Döner to the top of my list.

  

The food here certainly makes up for the long wait and average service.  I doubt there are any misses on the menu.  It definitely lives up to all the expectations and then some!

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Summary:

Istanbul Restaurant & Café is a popular Turkish restaurant serving up traditional food at affordable prices.  Only Kalbfleisch (veal) offered.  Seating available outside for those beautiful, sunny (or rainy) days.

Overall – 4.75 stars

  • Tabakta Istanbul Döner (Dönerfleisch auf Teller mit Pürrierte Aubergine, Knoblauch und Joghurtsauce) – 4.5/5
  • Halber Döner Kebab – 4.5/5
  • Uludağ Gazoz Drink – 5/5
  • Service – 3.5/5

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October 17th, 2009 at 8:58 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