Good place for a late-night dinner
Posted on 05 / 28 / 2014
The baobab serves warm food until 11 pm, good to know for a vegetarian in Darmstadt.
The menue is not very extensive, the four vegetarian main dishes are vegan. We had a plate of mixed starters (hummus and eggplant puree) which I found a bit bland and disappointing. The main dishes are delicious. They are served with a soft, pancake-like bread that has a very nice taste and consistency (you can order additional bread if you like). It's definitely not haute cuisine, but since it's not expensive, I'd still consider it a good option.
The restaurant calles itself "Erlebnisbar" (Erlebnis means adventure or experience) which refers to the furnishing. There are different kinds of tables: regular ones, one where you sit on the ground on cushions and a hut, which is basically a table with a roof. It's all kept in an adapted rural african style. There is no bad design, it's a nice mix of modernism and cosiness. However, of course it's hardcore exoticism. I guess that comes with the adventure-aspect.
There is no cutlery, you eat with your hands, which works fine due to the soft bread. But after your meal, they place a big plastic box with tissues on your table, which to us felt like you had to clean yourself up after your ethnic adventure. I think a simple napkin would have sufficed.
The staff was very friendly, the music at our last visit was Jefferson Airplane.
I have the impression that the restaurant is well-liked by the people of Darmstadt and I can imagine it being fun for children to eat there.
food is tasty and inexpensive, friendly service, nice atmosphere
trying a bit hard to look exotic, all dishes are rather simple