Enjoyable meal in a friendly quiet environment
Posted on 05 / 04 / 2011
I disagree with the previous review that was negative. Having been in Aachen a couple days, already stuffed to the gills with pasta and having tried the Thai restaurants (passable) and turned up my nose at the Chinese places, I decided to give this place a try. I was pleasantly surprised and certainly recommend Pfannenzauber. It wouldn't be competitive with the top vegetarian places in New York or London, but in Aachen it's a great alternative.
They have a small menu that changes daily. As of this writing, there are 3 choices available at dinner, 8/10/12 euros. Add 2 euros onto your choice and get an appetizer and dessert. The appetizer can be either soup or choose your own cold things from the appetizer bar. (Didn't look at the bar so can't say exactly what they had there.)
I chose the 10 euro option, which tonight was polenta with stewed fennel in an orange sauce with various small crunchy things and a few berries. It was well conceived, unusual, tasty and filling. The other two choices were a veggie burger and fries at 8 euros - they seem to have a different flavoring each day - and fried tofu "fish fillets" with creamed beet salad at 12 euros.
The soup was some vegetable/nut concoction, hard for me to figure out exactly what it was, and my German isn't good enough to figure out the ingredients list on the menu. I enjoyed it, although it did need salt.
I felt the restaurant was a good value for a midrange sitdown restaurant in Aachen. The server was very pleasant and tolerant of my language difficulties. The environment is fun - quiet with plenty of games and books scattered around. There was a rubik's cube sitting on my table to play with.
They have both vegan and vegetarian, and they mark which items have gluten in them. I didn't look too carefully but I think all 3 entree choices had gluten tonight. They post their full menu for the week so I guess gluten-free diners choose their night appropriately.