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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

City Döner (Updated)

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City Döner

Willy-Brandt Platz 5 68161 Mannheim

Four huge döner roasts stand on rotating spits behind the counter.  The sheer amount of poultry meat is enough to feed an entire army.  Orders are taken three, four, even five at a time as the workers cooperate together and form an assembly line to get them taken care of in timely fashion.  Freshly made flatbread gets rolled out in one corner, döner meat is newly shaved from the spit, and crisp vegetables are scooped heavily onto bread – all happening simultaneously in the tight area behind the counter while another worker takes care of the orders.  The place is busy, but the employees don’t miss a beat.  This is the scene at City Döner in Mannheim.

Like any other establishment that sells pizza and döner (or any fast food establishment for that matter), City Döner has a large menu board displaying all the items available.  Aside from the standard döner plates, falafels, Lahmacun, Pide, and calzones, there are also grill specialties, including lamb cutlets and skewers.  Turkish specialties, including Börek and Sigara Böreği, also find their way onto the menu.  Vegetarian döners and plates can also be ordered.  Chilled beverages sit in a refrigerator next to the cashier and include standard sodas and the like.

 

At 4,50 €, the Yufka Döner is a definite must.  Containing essentially the same ingredients as a Döner Kebab, a Yufka Döner makes use of a round, thin flatbread instead of thick flatbread.  This thin flatbread, or Yufka, is similar to a tortilla.  The filling – sliced tomatoes, shredded red cabbage, green lettuce, raw onions, and chicken / turkey döner all topped with yogurt sauce – is placed inside the flatbread and wrapped like a burrito.  What makes the Yufka at City Döner stand out is the amount of filling – the thing almost weighs a pound and is about a foot long!  Eating this Goliath is a tricky task in itself as the seams basically burst open after the first bite.

The flavor inside the yufka is plain solid.  The chicken / turkey meat is juicy and packed with seasonings – exceptional and delicious.  Flatbread is soft and delicate, baked until slightly crisp.  Vegetables provide the right amount of crunch and texture.  The portion size of the meat and vegetables is more than generous.

Despite all of this meat, however, the Yufka suffers from a lack of sauce.  Maybe the meat and veggies soak it all up.   Each bite is dominated by the saltiness of the meat as opposed to a harmonic balance of flavors.  Yet, in spite of this minor setback, the Yufka is certainly worth ordering.  The messiness associated with eating such a huge wrap makes the meal fun and challenging at the same time.

 

You also can’t go wrong with the Dönerteller (Döner Plate).  Here at City Döner, you have the option of ordering a plate with either rice, fries, pasta noodles, or without any of the above starchy foods.  Each döner plate is served with a cool green salad consisting of chopped lettuce, shredded carrots, red cabbage, diced cucumbers, green and red bell peppers, and a slice of tomato.  Parsley is garnished over the vegetables.  Yogurt sauce is squeezed all over the top of the plate.

Each plate is also accompanied by a piece of flat bread served in a basket.  The complete Dönerteller amounts to 7,00 €; without rice, fries, or noodles, 6,50 €.  Clearly, 7 euros is slightly more expensive than a similar plate at other döner places.  However, this price difference is easily made up by the overly generous amount of meat piled high on the plate and the warm piece of bread on the side.

In terms of flavor, the Dönerteller with rice at City Döner is by far the best plate of döner and rice thus far.  The Turkish style rice pilaf consists of white rice and scant amounts of orzo.  Both the rice and döner glisten in the afternoon sun like expensive jewelry.  The pearls of rice are delicate, creamy, and have a distinct, slightly sticky nature.  Combined with the dangerously addicting and succulent pieces of poultry, this plate works like a charm.  It’s sort of reminiscent of a delicious bowl of teriyaki chicken and rice (but, of course, without the teriyaki!).  Include the refreshing side salad and the impressive amount of yogurt sauce on top and you have yourself a completely satisfying meal.  Although presentation is lacking (the dish looks like a colorful snow covered mountain), the flavors work wonderfully on all levels.

Serving up colossal döners at competitor’s prices, City Döner may very well be one of the best in the city.  With essentially round the clock hours, this kebab joint can be relied on for that quick döner fix.  But it also has you wondering – who would want döner or pizza in the morning?  Maybe they should come out with some sort of breakfast Yufka Döner, one with scrambled eggs, döner meat, and cheese in Turkish flatbread – sort of like a breakfast burrito – or a Breakfast Dönerteller with pancakes.  Now that would be something to see!

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Summary:

With its excellent location directly across from the Mannheim main train station, City Döner is a popular fast food joint serving up gigantic portions of delicious döner and pizza.  Practically open day and night.  Only poultry döner available.  Outdoor seating available during the spring and summer.  Extremely quick and efficient service.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 6:00 AM – 4:00 AM
            Friday, Saturday:6:00 AM – 5:00 AM 

 

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Yufka Döner – 4.5/5
  • Dönerteller mit Reis (Döner Plate with Rice) – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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Written by geschmack

May 25th, 2010 at 7:15 pm