Fair or Excellent?
Posted on 04 / 27 / 2014
During a business trip to Mannheim back in February I went to "Lövenzahn" two evenings in a row.
The first evening I had a local specialty, "Käsespätzle", normally a type of egg noodles or dumplings with cheese ("Käse"). They were quite bland and surprisingly when I asked the staff member who served it what the cheese consists of he just said that he did not know - and he did not make any attempt to find out. I forgot what exactly my omnivore colleague had, but it was some type of pasta dish which did not look very inspired and she was not too crazy about it. When we arrived we were advised to better reserve a table next time, indeed the place was quite crowded.
What is maybe good to know: there is also very limited space for parking in the area, it took us a very long time (more than 30 minutes) to find a parking spot, and it was not so close to the restaurant.
Since the menu offered other things as well and this was the only vegan place around I knew of I returned next evening with two other omnivore persons. Again we came by car (my friends came from outside of the city) and surprisingly we found a parking spot right in front of the restaurant. Of course that was a coincidence, but the rest of the evening was great as well.
We tried and shared three different dishes (no "Käsespätzle"!) including a selection of starters. Our main dishes were fried tempeh with soybean sprouts and broccoli in coconut milk with peanut-basmati rice / creamy risotto with eggplant, roasted pine nuts, stewed tomatoes and marinated rocket salad / pasta made of sweet potatoes with eggplant-tomato sugo. Everything was just great and the staff was very helpful and friendly as well. We had a wonderful evening and also my friends really liked the food.
On both evenings I noticed a nice and cozy atmosphere, and the wine they served was great, too!
Rating is a bit difficult because if I had been here only the first evening I'd had said "fair", while the second evening was just "excellent" ...
Have some great dishes, Cosy atmosphere, Good wine
Quality of food not consistent, Committment of staff inconsistent