Sunday, August 30, 2015

Kolsch Beer and a Flammkuchen (Tarte Flambee) in Cologne, Germany

Would you believe that this dinner is under 10 Euros? 9 Euros to be exact =)

I was not in the mood to eat something heavy. I also did not fancy eating any German-style meat dish. I want to eat something light. Additionally, I didn’t want to eat in a busy or noisy place. I just want to eat a simple, light and quick dinner and be back at the hotel as I need to work on some stuff before going to bed.

So I passed by this bar-bistro restaurant called HOF 18 Bar-Bistro located beside the famous Brauhaus Früh and the Heinzelmännchenbrunnen (Little house gnome statues). I was quite tempted to go in the brewery and dine there, but got turned off at the noise. I quickly read through the menu placed outside the door of HOF 18 Bar-Bistro and the flammkuchen caught my eye. That sure is something light I thought.

This version of flammkuchen (the classic) is really good. Thin crust, crunchy and the spread of the cheese, bacon and onions were just even to the taste. Fresh actually. Light.

I wasn’t able to finish the whole thing but this is definitely one of the value for money dinners I have ever had in a long time.

I kind of like the Kolsch beer, I can definitely taste some malt sweetness to it. This bistro offer small glasses of beer as well which is just perfect for me.

Crunchy, cheesy, oniony and bacony.

The flammkuchen is a popular dish in Germany and many say its origins can be traced to the Elsass (present day Alsace, France) which used to be part of Germany before. Although I have read as well that other parts in the south of Germany such as the Baden and Palatinate areas have been baking these for centuries already.

Travel Period: August 2015
Destination: Cologne (North Rhine Westphalia), Germany

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