At the recommendation of our B&B we went for dinner to Der Alte Mühle in Kobern-Gondorf. We had already peeked in at one of our hiking trips and had then asked to see the menu. Although the menu was very difficult to read, the place looked interesting and cosy and we were curious and decided to give it a try.
We had not made reservations and the waitress guided us to a small side room, which looked more like a corridor than a dining room and of which the ambiance did not impress us.
The menu is an absolute nightmare: it is almost impossible to read the pages full of 'hand written' text with exaggerations, irrelevant remarks, childish drawings and texts that are an insult for the intelligence of the average guest. Apparently the owners are very satisfied with themselves and the food they offer, which I believe it is up to the guests to opinion about and not to the restaurant owners.
As many people in this region do we had been walking all day and were thirsty, fancied a beer, however we were told the Alte Mühle does not serve beer. That does not feel very welcoming at all.
Despite the high prices of the dishes on the menu no appetiser was offered, not even some bread with butter. Of course it is possible to order an 18 (!!!) euros salad as a starter but we decided not to do this, also because the arrogant ambience of the restaurant and its waiters. So we ordered a main course: 3 types of fish with linguini pasta and spinach.
The fish, which was fillet, came with a fish knife, which of course was totally unnecessary. The pasta/spaghetti however was served without a spoon. Have you ever tried to wind spaghetti around your fork with a fish knife instead of a spoon? Good luck! It struck us highly that a restaurant that pretends to be so good and with outrageously high prices does not even know how to eat fish and how to eat pasta. And on top of that does not seem to know how to prepare fish: of the 3 types of fish 2 were overcooked and we doubted strongly that they were fresh.
It is a pity that some hotel owners seem to recommend this restaurant to their guests, as I believe there are many places in the region where one can eat much better quality food for much less money. The price-quality balance of the Alte Mühle is completely wrong, the service is arrogant and unfriendly and the quality of the food is very mediocre and definitely not worth the high prices. If you insist on spending a lot of money, be treated in an arrogant way and leave unsatisfied and with a hangover (but not from the beer!) then this is the place to be.
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