Al Dar Syrian Restaurant

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 4 reviews )

Koenigstrasse 3, Hannover, Germany, 30175

Serves meat, vegan options available. Syrian restaurant that also offers vegetarian and vegan specialties. They have both a la carte dining and different lunches (EUR 20 - EUR 30), where they put together a selection of dishes (some known in advance, some selected as surprise by the chef) - these lunch sets they can prepare vegetarian or vegan. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Syrian, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by AndyT

Elegant restaurant w/ vegetarian and vegan options - Edit

Al Dar ("The House" in arabic language) is a high-class Syrian restaurant in the Center of Hannover, close to the Main Railway station.

While it - like most restaurant - caters first and foremost to meat-eaters, they really do offer a considerable number of vegetarian and vegan options. One of their signature menus is called "Culinary journey through Syria" which is a 3-dish dinner set for around 30 EUR that should give you a good overview of Syrian dishes.

There is a "Culinary journey through Syria, vegetarian style" of which there is also a vegan variety. It is normally available only for 2 persons, but if you go to the restaurant alone, they will also prepare it for one person only. Both menus start off with a plate of mixed starters, then there is a vegetarian or vegan main dish and finally there is a dessert.

I already got a very good impression of the restaurant when I asked the waiter what was included in the starters dish, and he started to list every single dish included, explaining what it is made from and whether it is vegan or not, clearly mentioning the non-vegan options and suggesting vegan replacements. When you think about it, it should be "standard" that a waiter should be able to explain every single dish on the menu, however, only in few restaurants you will normally encounter that.

On top of that, on the new menu, vegan and gluten free dishes are also indicated.

The food was delicious, and the service was impeccable. It is definitely a great place to have a "classy evening" out, as the design and decoration of the restaurant is also very nice and the service is really good.

One thing here - I will not give a 5-cow-rating to any non-vegetarian restaurant out of principle, simply because, no matter how delicious the food and how pleasant the environment, there is a chance that your experience is diminished by having to experience an omnivorous guest at the next table devouring dead animals (or a vegetarian patron indulging in lots of smelly cheese, btw). Having said that, Al Dar came as close to receiving a 5-cow-rating from me as I have ever come to in an omnivorous restaurant.

Definitely a place that you should try out when you are in Hannover and have already tried out all the pure vegetarian restaurants.
Updated from previous review on Monday May 05, 2014

Updated from previous review on 2014-05-06

Pros: Delicious food, Knowledgeable staff, Suitable for special occasions

Cons: Also serves meat, A bit pricey, but worth the money

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Great food! - Edit

The place is not exactly cheap but it's really worth it. At our first stay we tried the "Journey across Syria" in vegan. It was absolutely tasty! Even the "simpler" food as falafel tasted delicious. I can only recommand to you to try it.

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mäßig - Edit

Das Anbiente ist wundervoll. Wir waren eingeladen. Es waren 18 Personen davon 7 Veganer, davon 2 Kinder. Obwohl es klar war kam bei den Veganer die Platte mit zahlreichen Vorspeisen trotzdem mit Joghurt und 2 Fleischvorspeisen. Eine davon sollte in vegan kommen. Kam auch, aber erst 20 Minuten später. Das Angebotene war aber sehr lecker. Daher trotzdem 2 Punkte. Danach wurden die Kinder gar nicht mehr bedient sondern bekamen einen leeren Teller und sollten bei uns Mitessen. Dann reichten die Portionen aber nicht. Die Auberginen waren fad und nicht durch. Bei der Nachspeise wurden dann die Veganer komplett ausgeblendet und bekamen nix. Dafür 14 Portionen Omni-Dessert. Auf Nachfrage kam das vegane Dessert. Eine kleine Platte mit 4 halben Datteln und etwas Kiwi, Melone und unreifer Ananas. Das vegane Eis sei alle. Das war für die Kinder echt bitter. Die anderen habe Baklava , Obst und Eis zum Abwinken gehabt. Getränke gab es oft erst nach mehrfacher Anfrage. Den Preis kann ich nicht beurteilen weil wir eingeladen waren. Auch die Karte hatten wir nicht.

Pros: vegane Optionen, schönes Ambiente

Cons: Service schlecht für Vegan. Mengen schlecht bei V

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AndyT 02 Jun 2017 - Sabine, schade, von Deinem schlechten Erlebnis hoeren zu muessen! Ich war mehrmals da, und bin als Veganer nie hungrig geblieben. Vielleicht war einfach die grosse Anzahl von Gaesten das Problem... Nachtisch mit ein paar Stueck Obst fuer Veganer ist allerdings "Standard", wobei ich ja schon froh war, irgendwas zu bekommen. Glaube, es war aber noch ein kleines Stueck (picksuesses) veganes Eis dabei.

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Vegans welcome! - Edit

I went to Al Dar at lunch time. They offer a set menu for only 9 Euro. In the evenings their vegan mains are around 14 Euro, so 9 Euro for a starter, main+dessert is pretty good.
First of all I was impressed by how knowledgeable our waitress was. She knew which dishes were vegan and knew the ingredients and therefore made the whole experience very uncomplicated. (As it was pointed out before waiters should know which dishes are vegan and why but I feel like veganism is still a relatively new concept to restaurants in Germany and many waiters aren't familiar with it. Can't even blame them tbh- a friend of mine is a chef and he said out of the 3 years full time training the concept of vegetarianism - let alone veganism- was mentioned once!!)

The food was delicious, I can't even decide what I like best. They use wonderful herbs and spices and the falafel(my main) was the best one I've ever had. I had three different dips/salads for my starter and each of them, including a lovely black eyed beans and spinach salad was heavenly. If you go in the evening and have a look at the menu you will notice the huge choice of vegan starters which are all clearly labelled.

For dessert I had orange sorbet which was also very good.

I can only recommend this place.

Ps. You should make a reservation. It gets very busy.

Pros: wonderful food/lots of vegan choices, knowledgeable and friendly staff, beautiful interior

Cons: serves meat

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