Dining at the top of Kaiserslautern: 21 Lounge
Hidden in plain sight during the day and glowing with vibrant colors at night, Kaiserslautern’s 21 Lounge offers the unique dining experience of eating at the highest floor of Kaiserslautern’s town hall, one of the tallest town halls in the European Union.
21 Lounge is a café that many would not notice at first glance. I had trouble finding the entrance. A sign with the words “21 Lounge” outside indicates that the two glass doors led to the bistro. In the lobby, take one of the elevators up to the 21st floor. Once you get out and look to your right, you will see a well-marked entrance.
When my parents and I walked in, we were greeted by a friendly hostess who sat us next to the windows overlooking the city. From my seat, I could see from the beautiful downtown to the soccer stadium and beyond. It was truly a breathtaking view, one that paired well with the modern bistro. The decor is modest, and this simplicity compliments the view.
The menu features a small variety of mains with various pastas and meat dishes, including several steak cuts and lamb, which ranged from 19 to 25 euros. The larger appetizer section offered zucchini pepper soup and a multitude of salads, ranging from 5 to 15 euros. The dessert section is pricey and limited to just three items (chocolate cake, ice cream and tiramisu), all priced at 6.50 euros.
My family started off with an antipasti platter, a generous portion of various meats, cheese and veggies. I recommend the antipasti platter, although it may fill you up before you even start on your main dish. For my main course, I ordered a schnitzel with fries, while the rest of my family ordered spaghetti and linguini. The schnitzel was crunchy and had a nice texture. Not too salty or too greasy, it was one of the best schnitzels I have had. The fries were lightly salted and went quite well with the schnitzel. The two pastas my parents chose tasted delicious as well. The sauces were not too heavy but perfectly creamy, and the noodles were well cooked. The pastas seemed fairly priced at about 13 euros, and the servings were huge.
We had trouble finishing our food, partly due to the delicious antipasti platter, but mainly due to the generous portion sizes. We did not order from the bar, so I cannot comment on the quality of their drinks. However, I did have a glance at the menu, which offered a modest selection of wine and liquor.
The total bill for our party of three was about 60 euros, a price I thought was reasonable. Although the venue was a bit pricy, the view was worth the extra euros. Overall, I’d say that this café is worth checking out least once, even if it's just for the view and cocktails. It's a good place for a nice family dinner or a date. If you are planning to visit in the evening, make reservations.