Touring along the German "Weinstrasse" and "Barockstrasse" we decided to try out the well-reviewed Hotel Kloster Hornbach with its casual restaurant offering regional specialities of Rhineland Palatinate. My friends were from Zweibruecken, so knew the place. We sat outside on a warm Thu evening 8.30pm and ordered some wine spritzers and Riesling wine as well as the Schaenken Menu. The wine was good, but that was the only gastronomic highlight of the evening! Service was slow and rather casual and overtaxed, i.e. unprofessional. Although friendly in tone, staff appeared untrained and didn't even speak the language! When addressed in German a waiter just shrugged his shoulders and muttered: "I don't understand. I no German." And left us sitting - puzzled. It then took ages until the menus and drinks arrived. When the starter eventually arrived (herring), it was tasty but the main course was indefinable - was it really game, a leg of venison, as alleged on the menu? It tasted somewhere between liver and nothing. Obviously one had undertaken every effort to render the piece of meat unrecognisable. We waited about 20 minutes for the desserts, which arrived in "shifts". It seemed rather impossible to have the uninspiring desserts delivered at the same time to a table of four: crème brûlée, a spoonful of tired strawberries and a scoop of sorbet, which had already ran/melted away when it arrived, rather sad and disappointing. We were offered a drink/digestif on the house as compensation and staff were apologetic but the whole dining experience was rather a let-down, so we'll avoid the place for dinner in the future and rather take to the "Fasanerie" in the neighbourhood.
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