so last night i wanted to eat at a little place called schlesich blau. a colleague told me about it. i'll take you. it's only open 3 days a week (wed-fri), fixed 4 course with few choices for 15 Euro. They don't publicize their phone number so i had to walk in earlier in the evening to make a reservation. they said they were fully booked (they often are) but that i could leave my name and number and they would call if someone didn't show. low and behold, at 9:15pm i got a call from a lady trying so hard to speak french...
we showed up and had the luke table waiting - above the cellar door. we were warned we may have to move once or twice if they needed to get downstairs. anyway, the place was jammed (size is about 11 4-tops, all old wooden tables, simples cafe chairs, little patio out front but it was raining), no smoking inside (thank goodness, that's super rare) and one of the 3 people working came and discussed the 4 wine options for like, 10 minutes, telling you everything you wanted to know about each bottle, why they have it etc... we picked a cotes du marmandais? never heard of it. i liked it. yummy.
the menu is on the chalkboard, you get soup, salad, and then a choice between sauerbraten, lamb navarrin, a schnitzel, ox fillet, dessert. not for vegetarians!
then we were given the "rules." you are given a shallow bowl, you take it over there and fill it up with your choice of soup from the three big pots, 2 types of - pumpkin, consomme, something else with meat floating in it. then, KEEP YOUR PLATE, you are given a bowl of fresh salad (mache, redleaf, parsley) with oil, and then you go over there and select one of the housemade vinegars (cassis, thyme, sage, garlic, that sorta stuff). then they take your order for the main dish and bring it out. whole time you have homemade olive bread and butter, some of the nicest servers i've seen this side of the spree and they loved the fact that they knew my name.
anyway, they ask you once in a while, ready for the next course? no hurry..they ran out of oxfillet and a bunch of other stuff by the time we ordered so we both had lamb, it was really good. there was a potato gratin thing which had some sortof stinky cheese in it which wasn't my bag, but everyone else seemed to down it. i saw some of the other side dishes that came out, white asparagus (which is everywhere now) with sauce, potatoes, down home cooking.
anyway, we were there for like, 2 hours? with wine (all bottles are 24Euro) it came out to 54E total for two people. not too shabby!