I was excited by the number of vegetarian options, all clearly marked, no less. Indeed, the place showed a lot of promise initially (pleasant decor, friendly staff, prompt attention to the toddler... the seating is in long communal tables but still felt very comfortable). So what didn't I like? Most things about the food.
- My house white wine -- in one of the world's great white wine regions -- was bland and characterless. (But my wife's ginger lemonade was excellent.)
- We both added tofu to our dishes. These turned out to be tasteless triangles tossed in top, with absolutely no flavor of the dish (or of anything at all) present.
- My wife's Ramen came in a dark soy broth that, all told, probably had a few days' worth of sodium. No one mouthful was inedible, but after a few bites I could tell she needed to swap, and after a few more I needed to swap back.
- My own supposedly hot dish was bland and not particularly flavorful.
The toddler meal consisted of a drink, four portion options, and a bit of ice cream (which we didn't bother with). Two of the portions can be made veg, so it's essentially rice or noodles with vegetables. The veggies were a fair bit of shredded carrot and several bites of broccoli. The dish was (again) bland, but that's probably wiser for toddlers.
Even the hot sauce on the table could not add life to the tofu. Dipping it in the soy sauce of the ramen did help, which makes me wonder why they did not automatically do so for the tofu on the ramen dish. (Perhaps it would disintegrate... or die from the sodium.)
Overall, this place had a lot of promise, but it's basically just fast food, with emphasis on speed, so no amount of other pleasantness can save the product. Given how crowded they were -- young parents, teenagers, older couples -- their formula seems to be working, probably saving the locals a trip to Frankfurt for a Wagamama-like place. Because I am often in Mainz, though, I sure hope they improve. I'd give them another try in a year.Pros: veg- sensitive, pleasant service, nice location
Cons: weak food, not inexpensive