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Konomi Japanisches Restaurant

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Untere Neckarstraße 54 69117 Heidelberg

For many people, especially westerners, Japanese cuisine is synonymous with sushi.  Most of the Japanese restaurants found in Germany and all over Europe primarily feature these delicate rolls of cooked vinegar rice, wrapped around various types of fish, vegetables, or other ingredients.  However, Japanese cuisine goes well beyond sushi.  Teriyaki cooked meats on rice, as well as noodles, such as soba and udon, are other types of dishes featured in Japanese cooking.  Soups are also a traditional part of the Japanese meal.  Konomi Japanese Restaurant, the first such restaurant in Heidelberg, serves up real, traditional Japanese food in a pleasant, authentic Japanese environment.

Konomi is located in the same building as the Schönberger Hof Hotel.  Signs outside the building will direct you into the dining area.  Walk through the cloth curtains and you will find a nice, relaxing setting.  The dining area here at Konomi is relatively small.  The décor features genuine Japanese ceramics and figures, wall screens made out of bamboo, beautifully decorated Japanese folding fans on the walls, and an assortment of different light fixtures.  Tables are wooden and polished.  Seating consists of standard, wooden chairs painted black.  Each table features a petite, black soy sauce dispenser, as well as a tiny, cute jar filled with chili powder (which isn’t too spicy).  During lunch time, a small card displays the daily lunch special (9,80 Euros).  The menu is written in Japanese, German, and English.

 

The lunch menu is restricted to nine dishes, but the entrées are relatively inexpensive and the portion sizes are quite large.  Moreover, each guest is given a small cup filled with green tea, which is continuously refilled by the attentive staff.  Order the 10,80 euro Udon, Kappamaki, and Inari set and you will be served a large tray featuring a mammoth bowl filled with a rich broth and udon noodles, in addition to a platter of six cucumber sushi pieces and one inari sushi.  Adding to the authenticity of the meal, there is a pair of chopsticks lying on a chopstick rest, as well as a large spoon for the soup.

The sushi platter is served with slices of ginger and a small dipping corner brimming with soy sauce, wasabi already mixed in.  The cucumber maki sushi is pretty ordinary, nothing spectacular, although it is a nice palate cleanser.  The green is fresh and crunchy, but aside from that, it is merely average.  On the other hand, the inari sushi is extremely delicious.  The fried tofu pouch filled with sushi rice is simply marvelous.  A slight hint of sweetness makes the inari wonderful.  It is soft, delicate, and simple, yet so delicious.  Dip it into the soy sauce for an extra touch of flavor.

Udon – thick noodles made from wheat-flour – are absolutely delectable.  They are fairly soft and smooth and have a clean, pure taste.  The noodles soak up the warm, rich broth well.  Speaking of which, the warm soup accompanying the noodles definitely soothes the soul on a cold, rainy day.  Tenkasu, which are crunchy, deep-fried bits of dough that are typically used in making tempura, is also served with the noodles in a side bowl.  Eat them crunchy as is to provide a nice textural contrast between crunchy and soft or pour them into the soup to soak and enjoy the spongy, tasty pieces together with the noodles and broth.  Either way, the Tenkasu offers a pleasant flavor enhancement to the bowl of noodles.

Konomi is undoubtedly the best overall Japanese restaurant in Heidelberg.  With its extensive, authentic menu, delicious and tasty cuisine, and friendly, efficient staff, Konomi is THE place to enjoy an authentic Japanese meal without having to fly thousands of miles to Japan.  Although the dinner menu is large, it is also fairly expensive.  The lunch menu is easier on the pocket, yet filling.  Definitely worth paying a visit if you are in the mood for some Japanese cuisine.

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Summary:

Situated right across the Heidelberg Congress House, which overlooks the Neckar River, Konomi is a traditional Japanese Restaurant serving up authentic, original Japanese cuisine.  Located on the first floor of the Schönberger Hof Hotel.  Lunch Menu with altering daily dish.  Exquisite presentation, truly traditional dishes.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12 PM – 2:30 PM, 6 PM – 11 PM 
            Sunday, Holidays 6 PM – 11 PM 
            Closed Mondays

 

Overall – 5 stars

  • Udon Noodles with Tenkasu (deep fried flour dough) – 5/5
  • Inari Sushi – 5/5
  • Kappamaki Sushi (Cucumber) – 3.5/5
  • Service – 5/5

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http://www.konomi.de/

Written by geschmack

February 23rd, 2010 at 4:52 pm