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Since I'm a sucker for restaurants that are named after operas, I of course had to go to this one.
It describes itself as Das gemütliche Bierhaus, but I was there on a Sunday evening when business was really slow, so it was too empty to be really gemütlich, which is an untranslatable word denoting a particularly German kind of coziness. Not that this restaurant is run by Germans, but that doesn't matter since the Germans no longer have a monopoly on Gemütlichkeit.
The food was good, though. What I had was, err, some sort of Balkan lamb chops, I think. Sorry, I'm not very good at remembering the culinary details, but whatever it was it tasted fine and so did the beer.
That vending machine in the photo not only sells cigarettes, but will also recharge your mobile phone, which in German is quaintly called a "handy". To get cigarettes you have to insert a card proving you are at least 18, but there is no age limit for recharging a cell phone as far as I know. (The age limit on cigarettes is new, by the way. Until the end of 2006 even small children could buy cigarettes from vending machines as long as they had enough money and could reach the slot to put it in.)
Updated Jan 22, 2013
Address: Schild 2, 38100 Braunschweig
Phone: (0531) 188 86
The friendly hostess took time from serving to chat away with us in English. It turns out she is from Montenegro, and she was curious to hear why two lads from Manchester were visiting Braunswcheig. We were just as curious to know what had brought her here. She looked out through the trails of rain sliding down the windows and said: 'I rang my folks today to say Happy Easter and they said it was hot and sunny today...'
At first glance the menu did not have much on offer, but on looking around we spotted a specials board and even names of dishes drawn on the mirrors. She had decked out each table with some Easter sweets for the holiday weekend. It was one of those places where nothing was too much trouble. She apologised for not having the apple strudel and offered to whip up some crepes instead (which weren't on any of the menus).
Like all German cafes and pubs, ABBA was playing. A young boy next to us mimed along with the words dramatically (probably all the English he knew), thrusting his hands around like a drag queen in training. His mum caught our eyes with a look that asked: 'Am I a bad mother?'
Favorite Dish: We had two big steins of the local lager, Woltens, and wolfed down a plate of freshly fried chips and wiener schnitzel (breaded pork) with a side of crisp pickled cabbage (krautsalat). Very satisfying!
Updated May 17, 2007
Address: Munzstrasse 9 Braunschweig 38100
Phone: 0531 612 8635
This was a great little resaurant serving traditional German food in a traditional German setting. The interior was lovely with its dark wood creating soft lighting. There were booths in the restaurant that allowed for cosy dinner conversation. The staff were also very efficient and friendly. I came here not long after I first arrived in Germany when my Deutsch was less than adequate (it has improved slightly I am happy to say) and they were very patient and kind.
Favorite Dish: We ordered the ribs and there was hardly enough room on the table. The portions were very generous so if you come here maybe a light lunch is in order! Local beer is also served which was a nice addition to the meal and needless to say also very tasty.
Written Nov 4, 2004
Address: Kohlmarkt, Braunschweig
This is one of the many (I exaggerate not) eis cafes in Braunschweig. It is also one of my favourites because it is the first to open on a Sunday - Braunschweig is like a ghost town on Sunday and I cant wait for shops like this to open to enjoy a coffee.
The ice cream menu is extensive (and delicious!) and the coffee is okay (I have found it hard to find a decent brew in Germany thus far) but the position is awesome. In the centre of the Kohlmarkt it is nice to sit and people watch. Consequently it is sometimes hard to find a table, particularly in Summer. The other food on the menu is quite light and not really main meal style, more snacky food.
Written Nov 4, 2004
Address: Kohlmarkt, Braunschweig
I admit that I have tasted better Mexican food than at this restaurant but the atomsphere was really quite lovely largely due to the fact the restaurant is fairly small creating a certain cosiness. I think cocktail hour was until 7 from memory. They were delicious and I reccommend the 'Flying Kangaroo' - you can take the girl out of Australia but you cant take the Australian out of the girl!!
Favorite Dish: I had a creamy enchilada dish. Although maybe it wasnt entirely authentic it was definitely delicious.
Written Nov 1, 2004
Address: Hagenmarkt 13, Braunschweig
Phone: +49 (0) 5316183797
This restaurant claims to be the oldest in Northern Germany, operating since 1352. The two restaurants have recently merged below the Gwendhaus and have the same menu although the decor is a little different.
It serves traditional German dished with an emphasis on Kartoffel (potato) delights. Please keep in mind that traditional German equals very big portion so a main is probably enough.
The staff were extremely friendly and there was a good selection of wines and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Written Oct 29, 2004
Address: Alstadtmarkt, Braunschweig
Phone: +49 (0) 531242777
This cafe is a very famous one in Braunschweig, even in northern Germany. The friendly and student- styled atmosphere is one of it's attraction. They've got also a pool and a carom billard table. Seems the only one in Braunschweig! During the hot summer time, you can sit in the kind- of- beer garden right in front of the cafe. Sunday- Breakfast is popular there and their coffee........hmmmmm!!
Written Aug 11, 2003
Address: Bültenweg 89, 38106 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 (0)531 334540
Bolero is a chain of Mexican restaurants. The food normally is overpriced a bit. There's outdoor seating on a terrace in front of the restaurant here so it's a nice place for a meal in the sun in Braunschweig though.
Favorite Dish: Guess! I had a chicken fajita and a Strawberry Daiquiri. Until 8 pm there's happy hour with every cocktail for half price (half alcohol too probably ;)
Written Jun 1, 2003
Address: Lange Straße 60, 38100 Braunschweig
We only had a huge drink here in the heat of a summer day. I really enjoyed this place and its beergarden right at the river Oker. It will never get boring with all the boats passing by. And the meals on the menu sounded great as well, especially the salads!
Favorite Dish: A huge diet coke and sunshine, please!
Written Jun 1, 2003
Stobenstrasse 15. open daily 11:30 t0 15:00, 17:30 to 24:00 hours
Favorite Dish: All menu items are perfect, price economical, they serve very well and we felt at home there. Higly recommend for dinners.
Written Aug 25, 2002
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