A gimmicky restaurant themed on vintage trams, with appropriate décor and memorabilia - the seats are the wooden seats of the old trams, the waiting staff wear what I imagine to be the peaked caps of tram conductors and there is even a vintage tram further in the dining area. At first sight, this quirkiness, plus a menu that listed some unusual dishes under ‘Old German Favourites’, attracted us in. However, once inside and seated a closer inspection showed it to be rather tacky – the conductors caps worn by the staff had seen better days, the old wooden tram seats uncomfortable (the thin cushion doing nothing to ease the discomfort) and the staff rather slovenly in appearance and not particularly welcoming or friendly. We wondered if we had made the right choice, and it turned out that we hadn’t.
Plumping for the local speciality from the list of ‘Old German favourites’ I had ‘Batzen’, or ‘Dresden Lump’, described as roast pork with hearty roast potatoes, bacon and cabbage. It was certainly a very large piece of pork (at least the ‘lump’ description was accurate), but this was full of gristle and fat, and undercooked. Conversely, the potatoes were slightly overdone with a few blackened edges and burnt bits of bacon (but edible for all that), while the cabbage was – predictably - a mound of sauerkraut. My wife had the steak, which was a reasonable size but very tough.
When I complained about the pork being full of gristle and undercooked, all I got was a shrug and a sympathetic ‘I’m sorry’ look from the waitress. It was returned largely uneaten, but there was no offer of another dish or a price reduction.
The service was also poor, with the waiting staff seeming to be more interested in joking amongst themselves behind the bar or chatting to customers with who they were obviously friendly.
All in all a disappointing evening and the poorest meal we had during our holiday in Germany.
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