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Pies, salads, and desserts with a German touch



Wholesome food in an informal setting. - Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

SPRECHEN SIE Deutsche? Nein? Kein Problem. You don't have to speak German to order authentic German food at Café Schlorlemmer, situated on the terrace of Max Mueller Bhavan building, Lavelle Road. The café is a small place that serves healthy wholesome food in an informal setting where one can eat leisurely.

Café Schlorlemmer (The German Bakery), run by Axel Schlorlemmer and his Indian wife, Asha, started off as a canteen for the staff and visitors of Max Mueller Bhavan. It graduated to a café, open to public a year ago. "Food plays an important part in getting to know the culture of a country. Bangalore has many ties with Germany through companies, students, working people etc. This café is an effort to share our culture," says Mr. Axel.

The little café seats 30 people, and there are neatly laid out tables surrounded by plants. Ms. Asha serves her delicacies from an open kitchen, where all the pre-requisites are laid out. The couple does not advertise to popularise the place because their business model is "not profit-oriented" and Mr. Axel tries to keep prices as low as possible. However, the constant rush of customers proves that Café Schlorlemmer is already popular.

On any day, a visitor gets to choose from two vegetarian and two non-vegetarian dishes. The menu changes daily and Mr. Axel assures us that they have something new planned for each week and month. "If you have something here today, the next time you can eat it after six weeks!" he says.

The café also serves a range of salads, baked dishes, pies, desserts, and there are beverages such as lime water, lime soda, ice tea, iced coffee to go along with your meal.

Vegetarian delicacies (priced at Rs. 100) include escalope Vienna, onion cakes, German potato pancake, vegetable au gratin, goulash, stuffed pancakes, maize pizza, mozzarella mushrooms, to name a few. The non-vegetarian options (priced at Rs. 170) are beef Rhineland, chicken in lemon, chicken breast in curd, chicken in tomato and coriander, fish in curry sauce, steamed fish in a mould, among others.

Every meal is accompanied by salads even if the dish has enough vegetables to go with it. Usually the café serves salads such as carrot salad, potato salad, cucumber dill salad, tomato salad, beetroot, bean sprouts, lettuce... But, if you are a diehard salad fan, then Wednesday is the day to be there. For that is the day when Mr. Axel makes 25 different salads for the salad buffet. For Rs. 180, one can eat unlimited amounts from the salad spread. On any other day of the week, there is a choice of only five varieties of salads.

Make sure to visit the café on a light stomach, for after the meal, you can feast on the delicacies baked by Mr. Axel. There are cheese cakes, apple strudel, apple cakes, plum cakes, carrot walnut cake, marble cake, fruit cake, and so on.

Mr. Axel has started taking orders for the special Christmas pastry that he bakes. Other favourites from Mr. Axel's oven are German bread, French loaves, and baguettes.

Meals at Café Schlorlemmer are served between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. with the same fare served through the day.

The café can be contacted on 98450-43991.

TINA GARG

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