4.25 Stars – Overall Experience
4.5 Stars – Price
4.5 Stars – Service
4.0 Stars – Enjoyment of Food
4.25 Stars – Atmosphere
Tucked away off a piazza, H&A Tages Bar offers a casual, trendy atmosphere in downtown Cologne, Germany. During the week, the location tends to be a bit quieter and reserved, but when you hit Friday and Saturday night, this area becomes a bustling center for a fun local night out. The patio, while small, offers a nice scene and the glass walls open out to give an outdoor feel to those who want to eat inside. Perfect for eating out with friends, date night or entertaining clients.
Our waitress was extremely friendly and tried to make our experience at H&A Tages Bar most enjoyable. Always smiling and creating friendly joking banter, she made sure we were well looked after. Her English was also very good and she was able to help make some suggestions on the menu/wine list despite having only started working there a few weeks prior. It is shocking to think that there is really no “tipping” in Germany and you can get that kind of high level of service without it. The restaurant does have a menu that is fully English, so don’t worry to much if you don’t speak German.
This restaurant offers a wide variety of tapas along with main dishes. We ordered a few of the tapas to get us started in place of appetizers. I was lucky that my work colleagues who accompanied me were fine to do all vegetarian for this part of the meal so we ended up ordering the 3 different dishes to share among the 4 of us. The first was the 3 dips which consisted of a garlic aioli, a herb quark (like a yogurt) and salsa brava (tomato based). It came with fresh bread (which always seems to taste better in Europe) and a generous portion of each dip. To be quite honest I didn’t find the dips to be that great…pretty basic…so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend ordering them again. There was a lot left over at the end, which told me others felt the same as I did. We also ordered the mixed olives, which was nothing special, but overall enjoyed by those who liked olives and, finally, a Manchego cheese with a fig mustard. This last dish was by far my favourite and the cheese and fig mustard together was a great combination in flavour.
I wanted my main dish to revolve more around German cuisine so I decided to give the cheese spatzle with roasted onions and salad a shot and I was not disappointed! For those of you who are unfamiliar with spatzle, it is a traditional German “pasta” that is short and cylindrical in shape. The crispy fried onion on top added a great texture and flavour to the dish as well. It was essentially the German version of a mac&cheese with a breadcrumb topping! Not only would I highly recommend this dish (ate every last bite), but I will be attempting to make it myself at home! Salad on side was basic greens.
I would absolutely call this place vegetarian friendly as there was multiple main dishes and tapas to choose from that specifically identified itself as being vegetarian on the menu. Whenever a restaurant calls out the vegetarian food on the menu (whether that be a specific section or with a V or a green leaf next to the menu item), you know that they care about and cater to their vegetarian clientele! They also mention on the menu letting the server know if you have a dietary restriction or allergy and that they would try to accommodate.
I would call this a medium price point meal as the main dishes range quite a bit. My main was only 9Euros and a very generous portion and the tapas would range from 1.5-10Euros. You could definitely turn it into an expensive night out or a cheap night out depending on what and how much you ordered. Very fair prices.
Time of Dinner: 7:00pm
Date: Thurs Sept 15th, 2016
- 3 Dips (aioli, herb quark and salsa brava)
- Mixed Olives
- Manchego Cheese with Fig Mustard
- Cheese Spatzle with Roasted Onion and Salad
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.ha-tagesbar.de/