I am not a vegetarian and apart from the delicious variety of South Indian and South East Asian vegetable-only cooking, am not a great fan of vegetarian cuisine either, so my review comes with that warning.
That said this visit was a disappointment after going with colleagues one of whom had been enthusing about Ignaz's dishes for several days.
The salsify soup was very tasty though I had to get up and find my own bread to go with it. But the giant penne pasta in coconut milk with walnuts and shredded raw pumpkin was pallid and bloating. A wanly flavoured and indigestible dish of stodge, basically: everything that's horrible about Western vegetarian cooking.
I avoided tasting my colleagues' quiches, which looked as heavy as lead and utterly unappetising with their thick wholewheat pastry bases, and merely thanked my lucky stars I hadn't ordered a slice.
The rhababaschorle - which should be fresh rhubarb juice and fizzy water - was far too sweet, and I didn't finish it.
However, the crowning glory of this establishment, which has a rather self-conscious air of being a little culinary gem - which it most certainly is not - is its excuse for charging for tap water.
On the menu they coyly call it M-water - short for Munich-water, I suppose - and charge around 2€ a glass. Below, it says "Frequently asked Question: Why do we charge for tap water? Because of the high quality of Munich water, people often order it instead of bottled water. The charge reflects the service costs involved" - or something very similarly pompous and self-serving.
What a hideously egregious excuse for money-grubbing.
We're talking here about a tap, and a glass, in a cafe with no more than half a dozen tables. Shocking. They lost a star for that. Lucky to get any, really.
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