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Goldener Hecht

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Steingasse 2 69117 Heidelberg

Like Heidelberg itself, Goldener Hecht (translated as ‘Golden Pike,’ pike as in the fish) is an establishment with a long history.  Since 1717, Goldener Hecht has opened its doors to visitors from around the world.  Today, the colorful murals inside the restaurant and the decorated pages of the menu hint towards the extensive tradition here.  It is said that Goethe himself ventured into this place during one of his visits to Heidelberg and possibly slept there overnight (recorded on the wall).  Images on the walls also depict the Heidelberg flood in 1947, when the Hecht was partly submerged.  Another illustrates a fire that burned the building in 1989.

 

With these dramatic images adorning the walls, the place has a unique and interesting feel.  The dining room itself is homely and inviting.  Wooden tables with carved engravings along with wooden chairs make up the seating arrangements.  Lining the walls is cushioned booth style seating.  Red and white pillows offer added comfort and contribute to the home-style setting.  Selected tables are given the white tablecloth treatment; others are merely equipped with a cloth that streaks down the middle portion of the table.  Wine glasses, turned upside down, await diners at the tables.  Candles are also placed on top.  Various wine bottles sit in different corners all around the restaurant, making it seem a bit more like an Italian restaurant than a traditional German.  There are a few antiques, like old kettles and containers, positioned on shelves adding some décor to the room.  An inner room provides even more seating options.  Written on the walls are some interesting words of wisdom.

On the menu is a mix of familiar and local as well as a few unique dishes.  German and Austrian specialties can be found here at Goldener Hecht.  To start things off, there is a list of appetizers that can also be ordered as a snack in between meals.   A handful of soups are featured, along with a good number of different salads.  Roasted dishes and cuts of Austrian beef and veal highlight the list of main dishes.  Additionally, there are a few vegetarian options.  Small, black chalkboards with the list of desserts are placed on the tables, essentially reminding diners to save room for it.  Sweets include different types of cakes, like Apfelkuchen and Kirschkuchen (cherry cake), as well as an Austrian delight – Kaiserschmarrn.

 

As a main entrée, Leberknödel mit Speckkraut und Kartoffelpüree is liver dumplings served with kraut and mashed potatoes.  Juices from the dumpling form a lake around the three components of the dish, slowly getting soaked up by the cabbage and potatoes.  Two Leberknödel dumplings are served in this dish, topped with chopped chives.  A dollop of mustard provides even more flavor.  The dumplings have a wonderful blend of seasonings that mask the characteristic taste of liver.  Though the liver taste is present, it is not as dominating as one might expect.  Both of the accompaniments pair well with the dumplings.  Fried, sweet onions garnish the mashed potatoes and provide explosions of flavor.  Both the potatoes and kraut are great when eaten in conjunction with the gravy sauce.  A few black peppercorns can be found in the kraut.

The different elements in this dish combine together wonderfully and create an outstanding grouping of flavors and textures.  The mashed potatoes are slightly chunky and creamy; the liver dumplings a somewhat soft texture, like meatloaf; the kraut providing a mild crunch.

 

The featured dessert on the menu is Kaiserschmarrn – a confection consisting of sweet pancake with raisins, dusted with powdered sugar on top.  Delicate and fluffy, Kaiserschmarrn is a traditional Austrian dessert rarely appearing on menus in German restaurants.  To find it here at the Goldener Hecht is an absolute treat.  Served on a fine silver platter, the light dish is accompanied by a delicious plum compote that strikes a fine balance between sweet and sour.  The pancake itself has a fluffy, light texture comparable to perfectly cooked scrambled eggs.  The powdered sugar enhances the flavor of the dish extremely well, rendering the compote almost unnecessary.  However, the plum sauce adds such a novel boost of flavor to the dish.  Plums are plentiful in the compote.  It is served cold and strikes a nice contrast to the warm pancake.

At 7,30 €, the Kaiserschmarrn may seem a tad overpriced for a dessert item.  However, the dish can be easily shared amongst two people.  Eaten alone, Kaiserschmarrn is quite filling and can even be enough for lunch.  Considering the rarity of such a dish in this area, it is definitely worth a taste.

Service is fairly good here.  The female servers wear traditional dirndl dresses underneath their aprons, which add to the authenticity of the German dining experience.  Some of the wait staff members manage to maintain a welcoming smile despite the frenzy in the front of the house; others may not be so warm and hospitable.  Food arrives in an acceptable amount of time.

With its ideal corner location directly off of the Old Bridge, Goldener Hecht draws many diners to its establishment, tourists and locals alike.  The menu is a mixture of regional and national German dishes that are sure to meet any diner’s needs.

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Summary:

Situated facing Heidelberg’s historic Old Bridge, Goldener Hecht is a German restaurant and hotel serving up traditional German and Austrian cuisine in a comfortable, rustic dining atmosphere.  Good service.  Outdoor tables make up a relatively small beer garden that overlooks the grand entrance to the Old Bridge – an ideal spot to sit down and people watch, while having a delicious meal.  Prices moderate.

Hours: Monday – Friday: Noon3:00 PM, 6:00 PMMidnight
Saturdays and Sundays: NoonMidnight

 

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Leberknödel mit Speckkraut und Kartoffelpüree – 4.5/5
  • Kaiserschmarr’n mit Zwetschgenröster – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.goldener-hecht-heidelberg.eu/

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July 20th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Hackteufel

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Steingasse 7 69117 Heidelberg

Anytime you see the image of a red little devil on a store front, you can’t help but wonder if it’s some sort of rebel cult establishment or a restaurant specializing in insanely spicy foods.  Surely, the last thing you would think of is a charming, stylish establishment, rich in history and tradition, located in the heart of an old, romantic German city.  But this is exactly what Hackteufel is (Teufel means ‘devil’ in German) – an impressive hotel and restaurant specializing in regional German cuisine.

 

The dining room interior is fascinating, quaint, and captivating.  Musical instruments, including brass trumpets, accordions, and violins, decorate the walls and act as a placeholder between the lanterns.  Ample lighting is provided by the cute light fixtures inside.  There are lots of framed black and white photographs and hand drawn images of stunning landscapes and buildings.  The dining room furniture is charming.  Long booth style seating line the walls and are comfortably cushioned with devilish red pads.  Pillows are arranged at the wall corners.  Carved wooden chairs provide an alternative.  The tables are also polished wood and are set with a folded napkin and silverware.  Potted plants instill life all around the dining room.  While the World Cup is in full swing, German colors are proudly displayed in the form of long party strips and a large flag on the wall.

The menu features a rich variety of German dishes, including regional specialties from the Palatine.  The menu appears to change often, with some dishes making their appearance quite regularly.  Schnitzel, baked fish, Maultaschen, different types of Fladen (flat cakes), Bratwurst, and rump steaks are some of the dishes featured.  A separate drinks menu is heavier than the standard food listing.  A large array of wines from the surrounding Baden and Pfalz region can be found inside the booklet.  Of course, there are also a good number of German beers and other cold and warm beverages.

On one visit, a small basket with pieces of wheat bread is provided free of charge.  It is quite a pleasant surprise.  Complimentary bread at a German restaurant?  That’s a first.  The bread is clearly fresh and very flavorful.  Authentic German bread just adds to the genuine German dining experience.

 

Pfälzer Leberknödelsuppe – liver dumpling soup – is, without a doubt, an excellent starter.  Diners who find liver off-putting or Knödel uninspiring will be surprised by the flavor of Leberknödel.  Despite being called a liver dumpling, the unique flavor of liver isn’t predominantly noticeable in the dumpling.  This is due to the mixture of herbs and pieces of bread roll mixed in during the formation of the dumpling.  In this soup, two Knödel balls are served in a clear, soothing beef broth; sliced green onions adding additional aroma.  Brunoised carrots and turnips can be found at the bottom of the beautiful ceramic bowl.  Although the sweltering soup probably isn’t the best choice on a scorching summer day, it is still an excellent option.

 

The Hessisches Kochkäs-Schnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln is breaded pork escalope topped with melted cheese, served with a good amount of buttery home fried potatoes.  The dish is aromatic and comes to the table on an extremely hot plate.  Presentation is simple, yet lovely.  Every restaurant makes schnitzel differently and Hackteufel is no exception.  The pork is confidently seasoned and very tender.  It is coated extremely well with breadcrumbs.  Fried crisp to perfection, the schnitzel is absolutely marvelous.

The breaded pork is topped with melted cheese and sits in a milky, white cheese sauce that adds such a nice, gooey texture and flavor.  The cheese complements the schnitzel well and enhances the dish wonderfully.  Home fried potatoes are perfectly browned and simply melt in your mouth.  They are the ideal accompaniment to the schnitzel and also taste great with the melted cheese.  This dish is a safe choice if you are unsure about some of the other local options on the menu.

 

Sauerkraut-Orgie (literally Sauerkraut Orgy) is a dish consisting of Teufelswurst (sausage – translated as ‘devil’s sausage’), Pfälzer Saumagen (stuffed pig’s stomach), Krustenbraten (crispy pork belly) and Knödel (dumpling).  Meat juices sit at the bottom of the dish, gradually getting soaked up by the Knödel.  With the different types of pork and sides appearing in the dish, a lot is going on.

Saumagen – a popular item from the Palatinate – is a type of sausage made up of pork, potatoes, carrots, and various herbs and spices, all stuffed inside the stomach.  The saumagen is sliced and pan fried; the result is a delicious regional masterpiece with a seared, crisp edge.  It’s slightly similar to thick ham, but with a distinctive flavor and texture.  Sweet, grilled onions top the saumagen and provide the perfect accompaniment.  The spices really shine here, enhancing the flavor of the pork wonderfully.  The potatoes inside the saumagen create a soft, delicate texture that contrast sharply with the meaty portions.  It is such a unique item with amazing flavor.

A foot long sausage lines the middle of the plate, dividing it in half.  The sausage has a firm casing that gives it a wondrous snap.  It is meaty and slightly salty – the ideal complement to sauerkraut.  Fried crisp like cracklings, the Krustenbraten is marvelous.  It has the perfect portion of fat, meat, and skin.  This piece of pork pairs a lot better with the sauerkraut.  The layer of gelatinous fat under the skin adds richness and flavor.  It is such a guilty pleasure!

The Knödel has a surprisingly nice flavor.  Personally, I am not a big fan of Knödel, but this one caught my eye.  The dumpling is soft and delicate, but there are also a few seeds mixed in that add a distinct consistency.  A crumb topping with sesame seeds is scooped on top, providing another unique twist.  The dumpling soaks up the juices quite well and works admirably with the other elements in the dish.  The final element – the Sauerkraut – is basically good with everything.  Overall, this Sauerkraut-Orgie dish is so filling that, at the end, you won’t be having a sauerkraut orgy; rather, you are bound to have a pork orgy instead!  It’s such a delightfully satisfying dish that is well worth trying.

Although some of the dishes at Hackteufel seem pricey, the quality of the food and the meticulous preparation justifies every cent.  It’s easy to see that the dishes are prepared with utmost care and with a high level of culinary skill.  A visit to Hackteufel, whether for a cool beer, a glass of wine, or a traditional, hearty German meal, will not disappoint.  Tack on the excellent location – just steps away from the old bridge – a nice, cozy dining room environment, as well as a hotel upstairs, and you have everything you need for your stay in Heidelberg right here at Hackteufel.

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Summary:

Hackteufel is a combination hotel and restaurant ideally situated in the heart of Heidelberg.  Located steps away from the infamous Old Bridge, Hackteufel offers excellent traditional German cuisine, as well as local dishes from the Palatinate region (Pfalz).  A genuine experience awaits every visitor.  Service with a smile, warm and welcoming atmosphere.  Outdoor tables available in front of the restaurant.  Prices moderate, but portions and food quality superb.

Hours: Daily: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

 

Overall – 5 stars

  • Leberknödelsuppe – 4.5/5
  • Hessisches Kochkäs-Schnitzel mit Bratkartoffeln – 4.5/5
  • Sauerkraut-Orgie mit Teufelswurst, Pfälzer Saumagen, Krustenbraten und Knödel – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.hackteufel.de/

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July 13th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

Tom’s Original Hot Dogs

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Heugasse (corner of Hauptstraße 154) 69117 Heidelberg

Quintessential American food – apple pie, meatloaf, fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, Philly cheese steak, and hamburgers and fries.  Oh, and don’t forget the hot dogs!  Despite being surrounded by hundreds of different types of German sausages and delicious breads, you would be hard pressed to find this classic American fare in Germany.  The closest thing to an American hot dog might possibly be Bratwurst or Würstchen mit Brötchen, but of course you don’t get all of the nifty condiments as you would on a hot dog.

Tom’s Original Hot Dogs will satiate your cravings for this ultimate all-American snack.  Forget the fancy decorations and elegant seating arrangements.  The focus in this fast food restaurant is solely placed on the hot dog.  There is a tiny service counter – essentially a hot dog cart – where the worker places the bun onto a wrapper and the wiener inside the bun.  As the hot dogs are pre-boiled and held warm in water until service, the process is simple and quick.

 

7 containers, full of condiments, line a brick wall.  Sweet green relish, original relish, sweet yellow corn relish, and red pepper relish make up the relish varieties.  Jalapeño rings, as well as red pepper rings, can be added onto your hot dog.  Toasted onions are highly recommended – they are crunchy and sweet.  Naturally, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise bottles are available on the table.  Seating is limited to two bar stools.  A wooden book shelf functions as a counter table.  There is also an oil drum that can be used as a table.

 

The hot dog itself tastes great.  Though it is a bit small, it has a good casing and the inside of the dog has a nice texture.  It is nothing like the abomination found in ‘American style’ hot dogs sold at the local German supermarkets.  The buns are also different than the standard plain hot dog bun.  Cornmeal is dusted on top of the buns here at Tom’s, adding even more taste and flavor.  The bun is warmed up and has a nice, delicate texture that complements the juicy hot dog extremely well.

If you think 1,99 € is expensive for a hot dog, consider this: 6 ‘American style’ hot dogs, sold in a jar in brine, cost around 2,79 € at a German supermarket.  A package of 4 plain hot dog buns can be bought for 0,99 €.  Tack on the cost of condiments and you will already be around 1 euro per dog.  Now, taking into account the fact that these poor imitations you find at the supermarkets don’t even come close to the hot dogs at Tom’s Original Hot Dogs, 1,99 isn’t so bad after all.

 

Besides hot dogs, there are also bags of chips available for purchase.  Habanero chili chips, manufactured by the local Chili Food Company in Bad Dürkheim, boast being produced without flavor enhancers or other artificial additives.  The chips are also labeled as ‘extrem scharf’ (‘extremely spicy’) with a ‘Schärfe Grad: 8‘ (a heat level of 8).  Personally, the chips aren’t terribly spicy – they merely leave a tingling sensation afterwards.  In fact, they start to grow on you after eating just a few.  They taste like kettle chips with its distinctive crisp texture.  Considering that there aren’t any added ingredients – only potatoes, sunflower oil, a blend of spices, and habanero chilis – these chips are well worth a try.

Moreover, the list of drinks is quite unique here.  Unless you have connections to the U.S. army, in which case you can obtain them at the local commissary, finding popular American soft drinks like A&W root beer, Mountain Dew, and Dr. Pepper is as difficult as locating a good Mexican restaurant here in Germany – it’s almost close to impossible.  In addition to varieties of these beverages, you can also find Big Red soda and NOS energy drinks.  The cost of these drinks is fairly reasonable – a can costs about 2 €.

Of course, there is still room for improvement.  The selection of potato chips could use some work.  Maybe importing in some Lay’s potato chips will solve this problem.  Also, the choice of condiments is somewhat lacking.  If they added some fresh lettuce and tomatoes, pickles, chopped onions, bacon, or even chili and cheese sauce, it would be much appreciated and would attract an even larger crowd.  Heck, visiting this hot dog joint had me yearning for corn dogs.  Selling fries could be a good idea.  Fries with toasted onions and jalapeños would make an excellent combination.  The list of possibilities just goes on and on.

But as is, Tom’s Original Hot Dogs is quite possibly the only place in town where you can find hot dogs, living up to their slogan ‘The Hottest Dogs in Town.’  Tom’s Original Hot Dogs is a great place to pop in for a quick, inexpensive hot dog or two and a cool, refreshing American soda.  Just look for the American themed store off of the Hauptstraße!

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Summary:

Situated just off of the Heidelberg Hauptstraße, Tom’s Original Hot Dogs is a very small fast food restaurant focusing exclusively on one traditional American favorite – hot dogs.  A good selection of typical hot dog condiments is provided.  Hard to find American soft drink beverages, including A & W Root Beer, Mountain Dew, and Dr. Pepper, imported from the United States, can also be found.  There are also habanero chips as well as insanely spicy hot sauces sold in bottles.  1 hot dog costs 1,99 €.

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Hot Dog – 4/5
  • Hot Dog Bun – 5/5
  • Selection of Condiments – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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July 8th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Ristorante Santa Lucia

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Bahnhofstraße 7 69115 Heidelberg

Framed oil paintings and beautifully decorated ceramic plates ornament the walls inside the ristorante.  Bare white paint cover the walls around, bricks making up the bottom half.  Wooden cabinets and furnishings appear in different places.  Peach colored tablecloths cover the rather small wooden tables.  Flowers sit in translucent containers, next to a black pepper grinder and salt shaker, as well as a flickering candle, at each table.  Cozy cushioned chairs await guests at each end of the table.  Wine bottles are lined up neatly towards the back of the restaurant and provide a nice decorative touch.  The dining room is charming, lovely, and inviting.  This is the dining environment at Santa Lucia, one of numerous Italian restaurants in this romantic city of Heidelberg.

On the finely printed menu is typical Italian fare – salads, a variety of pizzas, a selection of pastas including spaghettis and tortellini, and a variety of meat dishes.  The list of desserts is very impressive – a larger selection in comparison to other pizzerias and restaurants – but not all of them is available each day (read on below).  The list of beverages is crammed into one page, but diners can find a large selection of Italian wines.  Naturally, hot and cold drinks are also included.

 

A bread basket containing five slices of warm complimentary bread is provided.  The bread is not spectacular, a bit tough and chewy.  But it’s free of charge, so you can’t really expect too much.

 

The homemade tortelloni is a seasonal dish featured on the special handwritten section of the menu.  Stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, the large pockets of pasta are served in a mascarpone cheese sauce.  Accompanying the dish is a container of grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top of the pasta.  12 euros for 5 stuffed tortelloni is a reasonably fair price.

The pasta does look and taste homemade; however the filling looks far from being fresh.  Instead of clean, vibrant leaves of green spinach and creamy white and grainy ricotta cheese, the stuffing merely looks like a mash up of the two ingredients prepared days or even weeks in advance.  The pasta is not exactly ‘al dente,’ rather a tad overcooked.  Adding to the list of problems is the scant amount of cream sauce.  Instead of sitting in a thick mascarpone cheese sauce, the tortelloni is bathing in a milky and runny pool and ends up barely absorbing anything.  Fortunately, the complimentary bread aids in soaking up the remaining sauce.  Overall, the dish is not bad, but nothing to marvel at either.

Panna Cotta has always been a favorite of mine whenever dining at Italian restaurants.  So when I saw it listed on the menu, it was a guaranteed sure thing.  But when the waiter revealed it wasn’t any available today – only tiramisu and crème brûlée – there was no way this meal would end on a positive note.  Looking for something remotely creamy and close in texture to this gelatinous Italian dessert, I opted for the crème brûlée.

 

At 6 €, the crème brûlée is grossly overpriced.  Served in a ceramic container with a handle, the dessert is taken from a cooled glass display in the dining room back to the kitchen to be torched on the surface, giving it the classic, hard caramel top.  The result is a nice contrast of smooth, vanilla flavored custard with a crisp, caramelized layer that adds an extra dimension.  Vanilla bean specks are visible throughout the thin sheet of custard.  Though it tastes good, the dessert isn’t as rich and silky as one would expect and simply justify the price tag.

Santa Lucia is a family owned establishment and that warm hospitality is delivered.  However, the service can be a bit sluggish at times.  The staff is friendly, nonetheless.

Santa Lucia follows the formula of many other Italian ristorantes and pizzerias in Heidelberg – welcoming, charming dining room interiors but only decent, uninspiring food.  With some slight improvements and changes, though, Santa Lucia can easily become a fabulous, top notch Italian restaurant.

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Summary:

Located behind the Bauhaus not too far from Heidelberg’s Bismarckplatz, Santa Lucia is an Italian restaurant with charm.  Serving a reasonable selection of pizzas, salads, pastas, risotto, and meat entrées, Santa Lucia presents diners with a good Italian experience in a typical, yet pleasant, dining atmosphere.  Prices are fair.  Service is rather ordinary.

Overall – 3 stars

  • Hausgemachte Tortelloni mit Spinat-Ricottafüllung in MascarponeSauce (Homemade Tortelloni with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese, served in a Mascarpone Saucce) – 3/5
  • Crème Brûlée – 2.5/5
  • Service – 4/5

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July 2nd, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Havana

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Neckarstaden 24 69117 Heidelberg

Havana, the capital of Cuba, is famously known for its nightlife.  Clubs and bars, Cuban cigars, salsa music, dancing, and mojitos.  With the exception of the smokes, this same Cuban nightlife has been brought over thousands of miles to, of all places, Heidelberg, Germany.  Visitors visiting this romantic city can experience a bit of Cuban culture and cuisine at Havana bar and restaurant, an establishment overlooking the calming waters of the Neckar River.

Havana shares the Stadthalle convention center building with the city’s Kongresshaus (congress house).  The towering building, built in the early 20th century, is an impressive sight from a distance.

 

The interior, though, looks even more stunning.  Grandiose pillars and archways, as well as finely decorated ceilings and walls, combine elements of Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture and design.  Various framed black and whites hang from the walls around.  There are plenty of dark oak tables and chairs inside, enough to accommodate hundreds of diners.  In the center of the dining room is a very huge bar, with stools all around.  There are also booths along the walls.  Aside from a few potted trees inside the establishment and the cocktail napkin featuring an image of Che, you will hardly find any indication of Cuban culture or of anything Cuban.

The list of drinks is as huge as the building and as remarkable as the restaurant’s design.  Not only can you find your typical soft drinks, you can also order draught beers, bottled beers (Corona and Desperados), milk shakes, juices, and hot drinks.  From white to red wines, to sangria, champagne, whiskey, rum, and tequila, the list of alcoholic drinks goes on and on.  There are also assorted rum cocktails, such as mojitos, caipirinha, tequila cocktails, margaritas, and coladas.  Too early for alcohol?  There are a handful of alcohol free cocktails that are just as refreshing and delicious.

The ‘Tropicalisimo’ is a mixture of pineapple and passion fruit juice, pineapple and passion fruit syrup, and lime juice.  Served in a cocktail glass with slices of pineapple and melon, it is a energizing and cool drink for a hot, summer day.

Considering the expensive looking dining room, it’s surprising to find that most of the main courses are under 15 euros.  On the menu, written in both German and English, are different types of beef and pork steaks, chicken skewers and chicken breast, a seafood platter with fish, prawns, and calamari, rollitos (filled tortilla rolls), taquitos, and rice dishes.  For dessert, there are four sweets to choose from.

The Arroz con Pollo is remarkably flavorful for such a simple dish.  At 10,50 €, it is also reasonably priced and quite satisfying.  In Havana’s version of Arroz con Pollo, basmati rice is mixed together with thinly sliced carrots, fine shreds of cabbage, strips of green peppers, and chopped mushrooms.  Large chunks of grilled chicken breast fillets are combined with the rice.  On the side of the plate is a small side salad of lettuce, dressed in a light honey Dijon dressing.  Yogurt sauce, served in a small ramekin, also accompanies the dish.

The chicken breast, incredibly moist and tender, is cooked and seasoned perfectly.  It makes the yogurt sauce completely unnecessary.  Mushrooms are also juicy and add an extra dimension.  The vegetables do not get lost in the dish – the carrots add a nice crunch, the peppers a nice hint of sweetness.  The greens are a nice accompaniment and complete the meal.

The place seems to be a bit understaffed at times.  On one lunch visit, there was only one server on hand, responsible for taking orders, preparing all of the drinks, and also serving the dishes.  At these times, tracking down the waiter to merely order dessert or pay the bill can drag on for quite some time.  Compounding the problem is the lengthy wait time for the food.  The Arroz con Pollo took around 15 minutes from order to service.  Despite the huge responsibility and pressure, though, the server was still polite and friendly.  Nonetheless, some adjustments should be made in this area of service.

Havana is a great place to enjoy a night out with friends or share a romantic meal with a loved one.  The interior is stunning and magnificent.  While the food is a mixture of Latin American cuisines and not quite focused on one specific type, the dishes are executed well.  Despite the frustrating service, Havana does merit a visit based on its exciting atmosphere, extensive list of alcoholic beverages, and salsa evenings in the basement.

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Summary:

Situated near the Heidelberg Kongresshaus along the Neckar River, Havana is a Cuban restaurant, cervecería, and salsa club serving up an enormous selection of cocktails and alcoholic drinks as well as a good listing of Latin American style cuisine.  Very impressive interior.  Outdoor terrace seating with a beautiful view of the Neckar River during the summer months.  Sunday brunch buffet featured every weekend.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12:00 PM – 1:00 AM
            Fridays: 12:00 PM – 3:00 AM
            Saturdays: 11:00 AM – 3:00 AM
            Sunday: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

 

Overall – 4 stars

  • Tropicalisimo – 4/5
  • Arroz con Pollo – 4.5/5
  • Service – 3/5

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http://www.havana-heidelberg.de/

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June 30th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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MoschMosch

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Hauptstraße 136 69117 Heidelberg

The void created by the closure of Mr. Whang’s restaurant left the busy Heidelberg Hauptstraße without a good Japanese establishment for several months.  Only a few weeks ago, though, a new restaurant reopened the doors here for the first time in a while.  MoschMosch, a Japanese noodle bar franchise in Germany, has confidently stepped in and taken on the responsibility of providing locals and tourists an alternative choice to the often heavy meal options in the surrounding German restaurants.

 

MoschMosch maintains a modern, stylish look that makes it seem almost out of place in comparison to some of the rustic establishments nearby.  Upon entering the place, guests are immediately drawn to the calming neutral color scheme inside.  Seating arrangements are dominated by natural wood fixtures – wooden tables and square stools.  Contemporary light fixtures further add to the chic and trendy design.  A bar area towards the back of the restaurant will also attract your eye’s attention, as will the large colorful caricature of a Japanese geisha – MoschMosch’s mascot.  The dining atmosphere itself is nonchalant and casual.

A good number of staff workers are always on hand, even when the place isn’t teeming with patrons, which is certainly a positive since you are almost immediately served.  Disposable chopsticks are provided, but standard utensils are also available.  A high level of cleanliness is maintained at MoschMosch.

Tables are all set with paper-thin menu placemats awaiting visitors at each seat.  While waiting for service, guests can learn a little bit of the Japanese language from the tiny phrase book section on the sheet.  The food and drink listings aren’t overly large by any means.  Rather, it is smartly focused on particularly popular noodle bar items.

 

For appetizers, one can order Japanese potstickers (gyoza) with various fillings, yakitori sticks, edamame, miso soup, and summer and egg rolls, among other things.  For main dishes, there are a few salad items, a handful of different types of ramen noodle soups with varying accompaniments, rice bowl dishes (donburi), and fried noodle dishes such as yakisoba and yakiudon.  Also on the menu are meals ideal for the summer, rightfully labeled summer dishes.  Drinks include a short list of wines and beers (including Sapporo Japanese brand beer).  MoschMosch also features its own homemade ice tea and lemonade, which are both refreshing.  The iced tea, though, is tastier and the sweeter of the two.

 

Despite a few minor drawbacks, yakisoba – ramen style noodles stir fried in yakisoba sauce – is worth ordering.  A truly versatile dish, the fried noodles are accompanied by an interesting medley of fresh vegetables, including carrots, green onion, cabbage, sliced mushrooms, and bean sprouts.  Sesame seeds and strips of seaweed top off the dish.  A small lime wedge is also given.  Meat can be added for a small extra fee.  For instance, adding chicken to the dish will add an additional 1,75 € to the 6,75 € price tag for a standard yakisoba.

There is a generous amount of meat and vegetables in the dish, more than the noodles will allow for.  With the large assortment of vegetables featured, there is quite a colorful amount of textures and flavors going on.  Crunchy bean sprouts and carrots complement the spongy noodles and the moist, juicy pieces of chicken.  The sesame seeds add a great nutty flavor, the seaweed a wonderful, nutritious dimension.  In an order of chicken yakisoba, the chicken is really well seasoned and a tad bit spicy.  The tiny pieces of meat offer another brilliant burst of flavor.

Consistency, though, appears to be a problem.  On one visit, the noodles were not flavored well with the yakisoba sauce.  At times, the noodles would be concentrated and full of flavor; in other areas of the dish, tasteless.  But fortunately, you can find condiments at each table to add flavor to the dish.  There is soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, as well as seasoning powder with chili flakes (not really spicy).

 

The Katsudon is a great choice for diners just diving into Japanese cuisine.  Katsudon is essentially Japanese style schnitzel on rice.  The dish is served in a large bowl filled with white rice and topped with various grilled vegetables – cabbage, sliced carrots, red bell peppers, and mushrooms – and pork cutlet.  The pork is breaded wonderfully with panko breadcrumbs, deep-fried until crisp, and topped with a chili soy sauce.  Sprinkled on top are sesame seeds.  The pork is tender and very flavorful.  Rice is also cooked well.  Unfortunately, the given amount of pork is insufficient for the quantity of rice.  Fortunately, the grilled vegetables make up for it.

Five different desserts can be ordered, each priced at 4 euros.  The Ti-La-Mi-Su is nothing to write home about.  Instead of lady finger biscuits, layers of cake are sandwiched between layers of cream.  Cocoa powder is dusted on top and the cold dessert is served with refreshing mint leaves.  The cake has bits of nuts within, providing a nice texture.  But as far as flavor is concerned, the tiramisu is merely a yawn.

 

A better option might be the Bananen-Frühlingsrollen, which are essentially banana spring rolls.  Drizzled on top of the hot, crisp rolls is a generous serving of viscous honey.  The banana rolls are sweet and have a delicate outer layer that works perfectly with the fruit.  It tastes like corn flakes with bananas and warm honey.  The honey adds an extra amount of sweetness to the dish and brings it all together.  Although the rolls are slightly greasy, the dish is a delightful snack and a fine way to end your meal.

 

Though far from serving up truly authentic and traditional dishes, MoschMosch makes a fine attempt at introducing a portion of Japanese cuisine into the mainstream.  After all, most Europeans associate sushi with Japanese and not much else.  With its simple, yet modern, interior, fresh ingredients, and its enjoyable number of noodle and rice entrées, MoschMosch is a good indication of the growing appreciation for international cuisine here in Germany.

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Summary:

With a handful of locations all around Germany, MoschMosch is a successful franchise of Japanese noodle bar restaurants serving up a number of appetizing noodle and rice dishes at moderate prices.  Most main dishes under 10 euros.  Service with a smile.

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
            Sundays and Holidays: 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM

 

Overall – 4 stars

  • Yakisoba mit Hühnchen – 4/5
  • Katsudon – 4.5/5
  • Ti-La-Mi-Su – 3/5
  • Bananen-Frühlingsrollen – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.moschmosch.com/

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June 28th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

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

Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg AG

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Leyergasse 6 69117 Heidelberg

When it comes to beer, Heidelberg has a handful of options.  Found in numerous restaurants, bars, and cafés on tap, Heidelberger beer is probably the most recognizable as the local Heidelberger Brauerei bottles it for distribution worldwide (particularly the Heidelberger 1603 Pilsener).  But there are also individual brewhouses around town that feature their own unique brew.  In addition to Brauhaus Vetter, there is a brewery east of the Old Bridge called Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg AG.

 

With its long history, Kulturbrauerei (translated: cultural brewery) is a cultural experience in itself.  The establishment is gigantic.  Not only is it grounds for a brewhouse, but it’s also a hotel and restaurant.  There are multiple options for seating here – inside, at the massive dining hall, next door in a cozy, quaint dining room, upstairs in the gallery overlooking the brewhouse, or outside under the warm sun at the beer garden.  Each offers a different dining experience.  Inside the rustic dining room, located adjacent to the large hall, guests will find old wooden tables with small, cozy chairs.  The décor in here makes reference to historic times – black and white framed photographs of the old city buildings conjure up memories of days gone by.

 

 

The menu will not bombard you with a large selection of dishes, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Diners will find a decent number of regional as well as national German dishes on the paper menu, including Leberkäse and Pfälzer Bratwürste, as well as Schweinebraten and Sauerbraten.  Vegetarians will only find one main dish on the menu – Schafskäse – but there are also salads and soups.

Highlighting the list of drinks is, of course, the house brewed beer.  Three different types of the beer, named Scheffel’s, are available: Kräusen naturtrüb (naturally cloudy), Hefeweizen, and Bier der Jahreszeit (seasonal beer).  A large glass (0,5 liters) will set you back 3,60 €; a small (0,3 liters) 2,70 € (Kräusen costs 2,50 €).  Also on the list are a few red and white wines, along with a small number of hot drinks and alcohol free beverages.  The listings aren’t extensive, but why order anything else besides beer at a brewhouse?

One of the hearty entrées out of the oven is Großmutters Schweinebraten mit Rotkraut und Semmelknödel (Grandma’s German pork roast with red cabbage and bread dumplings).  In this dish, two slices of roasted pork are served in a thick brown gravy with two Knödel dumpling balls.  Red cabbage is also served on the side.  The pork and the accompanying gravy sauce are merely okay.  However, the red cabbage is overwhelmingly tart.  Instead of a balance of sweet and sour, the cabbage dominates the saltiness of the pork and the neutral flavor of the dumpling.

Though red cabbage and dumplings are traditionally paired with German pork roast, the flavor combination here just doesn’t seem to work.  Maybe it’s an acquired taste, but the cabbage hampers any development of flavor as you progress through the meal.  Moreover, the quality of the protein just isn’t up to par.  The pork roast lacks the ideal level of tenderness.  Quality isn’t consistent throughout in the meat.  Although the Knödel includes pieces of bacon, it still maintains a dull, neutral taste.  Even when soaking up the gravy sauce, it just doesn’t do much aside from providing a slight bread-like texture and taste.  Grandmother can’t be pleased with the way her pork roast meal is turning out…

 

Unfortunately, guests looking for something sweet will only have two options here – chocolate mousse or apple strudel.  Each dessert is unreasonably priced at 6,80 €.  Apfelstrudel is a snore.  The dessert is uncreative, unappetizing, and uninspiring.  The apple filling appears dry; the pastry jacket humdrum.  While the apple strudel is warm, it doesn’t taste fresh.  That is, it’s easy to tell that it hadn’t been baked the same day.  Although the vanilla cream sauce and the scoop of vanilla ice cream, as well as the dusted powder sugar on top, try to inject life into the dish, the flavors simply don’t justify the extravagant price tag.  Such a disheartening finisher.

The service at Kulturbrauerei is a little bit shaky.  Despite having multiple workers on staff, getting a server’s attention may take some effort.  Keep in mind the various seating areas, so the staff will be all over the place.  Food out of the kitchen also requires a moderate waiting time.

Kulturbrauerei is one of the few breweries located in Heidelberg.  It’s not a bad place to go to relax and enjoy a taste of local brew and enjoy the pleasant weather outside.  Tourists and locals alike can be seen at this establishment, particularly for said house brewed beer.  But the food remains stuck in the beer’s shadows.  Even with its limited menu selection, the dishes at Kulturbrauerei aren’t executed as well as one would expect.  The flavors don’t shine, the portion sizes and prices don’t match, and the quality just isn’t there.

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Summary:

Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg is a German restaurant, hotel, and brewhouse located on a narrow street off of the Heidelberg Hauptstraße, featuring its own Scheffel’s house brewed beer.   Limited selection of food items on the menu.  Spacious and open dining area.  Plenty of seating options.  Beer garden available outdoors.  House brewed beer available for purchase in 1 or 2 Liter containers.  Prices moderate.  Credit cards not accepted.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, Sunday: 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM
            Friday, Saturday: 7:00 AM – 3:00 AM

 

Overall – 2.5 stars

  • Großmutters Schweinebraten mit Rotkraut und Semmelknödel – 3/5
  • Warmer Apfelstrudel mit Vanille Eis – 1.5/5
  • Service – 4/5

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http://www.heidelberger-kulturbrauerei.de/

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June 11th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Goldener Stern

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Lauerstraße 16 69117 Heidelberg

Wandering down the streets off of the Heidelberg Hauptstraße, you will surely come across many hidden restaurants and shops, each offering something unique.  After all, many tourists do not dare venture down these paths and risk being lost.  On a street parallel to the main street, one such restaurant, Goldener Stern, merely begs the question – does it truly live up to its name ‘Golden Star’?

 

At first glance, Goldener Stern does not merit any star whatsoever.  The place lacks any appeal and simply looks outdated.  From the old wooden tables and booth seats, to the lackluster yellow paint on the walls, the interior could use a fresh makeover.  Light supplied from ceiling fixtures is also an eyesore.  The interior isn’t entirely bad, though; blue drapes add a contemporary splash, while green plants on the window sills liven up the place.  Roses sit in glass containers at each table and await guests for a romantic evening.  Candles placed at the tables also add a nice effect.  White tablecloths are arranged over a pink colored cloth in an attempt to hide the aged bench.  The only indication of Greek culture here, aside from the food, is the enjoyable music playing throughout the restaurant.

 

Fortunately, the food is miles better.  The menu is fairly large and offers a considerable selection of traditional Greek dishes.  Appetizers feature many Greek classics, from dolmades and tarama to feta cheese and horiatiki (Greek salad).  The main menu is stocked with meat dishes, including Cevapici and Souvlaki.  There are pork, lamb, and beef steaks, as well as fish delights straight from the grill.  Gyros made from chicken are highlighted in many dishes.  Numerous combination plates provide you with a small sample of different types of meats.  Many of the entrées include thick cut steakhouse fries and a side salad.  Portions are substantial and will easily satiate your appetite.  A respectable number of Greek wines are listed in the drinks menu.  There are also a few Greek spirits.  Traditional Greek mocha is also featured in the list of hot beverages.  Beers are standard German.

 

One of the featured specialties is the Gyros au Gratin.  At 10,80 €, it’s one of the higher priced items on the menu.  In this dish, sliced pieces of chicken gyro are mixed with strips of onions and drenched in an orange Metaxa cream sauce, topped with a layer of white cheese and baked until bubbly.

The result is a wonderfully aromatic dish that sizzles upon service to your table.  The thick layer of cheese on top beautifully insulates the meat and keeps it warm throughout the meal.  The gyro, after baking under the cheese, becomes even more moist and delicate.  Absorbing the flavors of the Metaxa cream sauce, the gyro tastes far from regular chicken meat.  Instead, it has a unique, intense flavor.  The cheese is wonderfully gooey.

The accompanying side salad is refreshingly different from typical salads at other restaurants.  Aside from the usual greens, shredded carrots, white cabbage, and slice of tomato, there are also white beans and a banana pepper.  The salad is coated with a confident dressing in just the right amount.

Also complementing the Gyros au Gratin is a generous amount of steakhouse fries.  Although the potatoes are a much needed accompaniment to the meat and a wonderful medium to soak up the cream sauce, the fries need work.  They aren’t piping hot upon service.  Moreover, they aren’t uniformly cooked – some pieces are browned darker than others while a few are quite soggy.

 

Goldener Stern’s large portions make it difficult to even think about ordering dessert.  But if you can still manage, the menu features 3 indulgences – 2 traditional Greek treats (Galaktoboureko and Halva) and a standard ice cream delight.  Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert consisting of semolina custard that’s baked inside filo dough.  The custard is firm and creamy, but only slightly sweet.  Served soaking in a light, clear syrup and accompanied by two scoops of vanilla ice cream, the dish altogether has a delicate sweetness.  The warm pastry works marvelously with the chilled ice cream and, after a while, absorbs the melted cream (yes, it becomes even creamier!) and syrup extremely well.

Service at Goldener Stern is top-notch.  The wait staff is extremely cordial and welcoming.  Food is served in a reasonable amount of time and plates are taken away promptly.  Questions concerning the various dishes will be happily answered.  The server even suggested an ouzo (popular Greek aperitif).

Goldener Stern rightly lives up to its name; it certainly earns its golden star.  But does it reach the platinum or diamond levels?  Not quite.  The ambiance could use a new look and the food is great overall, but not overly impressive.  Goldener Stern is a solid Greek restaurant; with some improvements it could become so much more.  As is, Goldener Stern is a suitable place to enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean, considering Heidelberg’s limited options when it comes to Greek food.

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Summary:

Situated in the heart of the Heidelberg Altstadt, Goldener Stern is an old-fashioned restaurant that specializes in Greek cuisine.  Fairly extensive selection of classic Greek dishes.  Attentive and admirable service.  Prices reasonable.  Reservations suggested.  Outdoor seating available.

Hours: Daily 5:00 PMMidnight

 

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Gyros au Gratin – 4/5
  • Galaktoboureko – 4.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.stern-hd.de/

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June 1st, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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Persepolis

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Zwingerstraße 21 69117 Heidelberg

Königstuhl.  Schloß Heidelberger.  Persepolis?  Sure, the actual Persepolis is now an archaeological site in Iran, some 2000 miles away.  But after venturing up to the Königstuhl summit and visiting Heidelberg’s landmark structure, a fantastic Persian restaurant – Persepolis – awaits you at the bottom, directly across from the entrance to the Bergbahn.

From the outside, Persepolis restaurant looks like anything but the majestic ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire.  Instead, it simply looks like a tiny home converted into a restaurant.  The place is as spacious as a one person room; the dining area as large as a walk-in closet.  The kitchen can be seen in the back and appears to be even smaller.  Seating is limited to black bar height stools.  Tables are more like the top part of storage shelves.   Due to the limited amount of space, assorted drinks and beverages are stored all around, notably under the tables.  There are bags of various ingredients located everywhere.  The restaurant isn’t messy; it’s just not the most attractive place.  Then again, being a tiny restaurant translates to lower prices on the menu – a definite plus for any visitor.  In terms of décor, there are spectacular images of monuments framed on the walls.  Adding to the Persian ambiance, pleasant music plays from the speakers.

 

The menu at Persepolis is restricted to only 6 items everyday.  However, the choices vary on a daily basis.  Most of the dishes include some variation of meat – chicken, lamb, or fish.  But there is also at least one vegetarian option.  Each plate can be ordered either as normal or large – prices for normal plates range from 3,50 € for vegetarian dishes, meat entrées around 5,00 €.  Large plates start from 5,50 €.  Side dishes can be had for around 1 euro.  Hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, are also listed at 1 euro and are a good deal.

The only constant offered each day is Zereshk Polo – shredded chicken served on a combination of basmati and saffron rice, with red barberry berries (Zereshk) mixed in.  Also supplied on the plate is a golden crispy piece of rice taken from the bottom of the pot in which the grains are cooked.  A flavorful and textural wonder, this brittle slice of rice is hands down the best part of the dish.  The saffron rice is prepared to order by mixing basmati rice with saffron infused liquid in one of the warming trays until it has attained its distinctive yellow color.   The rice has a unique aroma while the berries provide a distinctive tart component to the otherwise salty elements.  A striking balance is achieved through the use of saffron.  The chicken is moist and much needed in contrast to the rice.  Overall, this dish is another variation of chicken and rice.  At 4,90 € for a normal sized plate, the Zereshk polo is one of the cheaper meat dishes on the menu and worth a try.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Persepolis features Sabzi Polo Mahi on the menu – lightly fried fish fillets served on a bed of dill infused basmati rice, topped with a scoop of saffron rice.  Again, berberis berries are mixed in with the saffron.  A slice of crusted rice is also served on the side.  The white fish is delicate and flaky, flawlessly cooked and seasoned to perfection.  Alone, the fish tastes marvelous; in conjunction with the rice, it makes one delicious, satisfying meal.  Dill is generously combined with the basmati rice and provides a refreshing herbal touch.  Simply put, this dish is straightforward and executed extremely well.  Crunchy rice crust, flaky fish, aromatic rice – what more can you ask for?

Finish off your venture into Persian cuisine with a glass of hot tea.  Sugar cubes are offered to sweeten up your drink to your liking.  On the side of the cup is a dried date that is enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Open since 1997, Persepolis has slowly become a popular establishment here in Heidelberg, particularly amongst the younger crowd.  Many students and young adults pop in to enjoy a quick meal that’s not only appetizing, but also easy on the pocket.  The owners are very friendly and continually have smiles on their faces.  With its changing daily menu, it’s no wonder that Persepolis has been able to attract repeat customers and remain here so long.  What limited dishes they do offer are refined and served with utmost care.  With its Persian cuisine, Persepolis offers something different and unique in this part of town.

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Summary:

Ideally located across the Heidelberg Bergbahn, Persepolis is a tiny mom & pop restaurant serving up the finest Persian cuisine at extremely affordable prices.  Menu varies each day, featuring 6 different dishes (including at least 1 vegetarian option).  Very limited amount of seating.  Takeout available.  Very friendly owners.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
            Saturday, Sunday: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

 

Overall – 5 stars

  • Sereshk Polo – 4/5
  • Sabsipolo-Mahi – 5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.persepolis-heidelberg.de/

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May 21st, 2010 at 11:55 pm