The thing about going to a restaurant with a fun name is that you go in without any expectations but you come out pleasantly surprised.
Our meal at Zu Tisch was zippy. We were tired, hungry and crabby and yet the food that appeared in front of us, was both comforting and filling. Calling itself a German Bistro, Zu Tisch serves as many schnitzels and sausages as it does burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. We tried to be good and order the more bistro-like food.
So we skipped the cocktails and chose to order the soup. And boy, I can tell you for sure that was the right choice. The Beer and Cheese Soup hit the spot and how! It wasn't too beery, it wasn't too cheesy, instead it was light and flavourful with undertones of the barley from the beer. Since we'd ordered the vegetarian version, there were plenty of carrots, mushrooms and celery bits giving it a great texture in every mouthful.
Next up were mozzarella parcels and the pork ribs. The mozzarella triangles were good but just like any other deep fried snack. The pork ribs though were outstanding. Falling off the bone, smothered in house-made barbecue sauce, they were just fabulous. We'd not only licked our fingers clean but the bone too and were truly ready to call dibs on the second. The barbecue sauce was really quite exceptional - sweet, sticky, tangy and smoky it checked all the boxes for me.
We refrained from ordering the burgers or the pizza, instead opted to eat the slow-cooked lamb shanks and the blackened corn-fed chicken. While both were perfectly cooked, my problem really was with salt that was used rather heavy-handedly. Which basically made the chicken unpalatable. Because the chicken too had been salted before.
The lamb shank though was salvageable. And it was cooked to perfection. There was a mellow peppery flavour that resonated with every bite and the meat was extremely succulent and tender. Served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes this was as comforting as a meal could get.
To finish the meal we ordered for the only dessert on the menu - a chocolate honey date cake - which was excellent. And as the owner very honestly told us, had been ordered from Elma's bakery.
But here's what really made the dinner for me. The music. It was a blast from the past for both the husband and me - music from the late 90s and early 2000s, music that we grew up listening to. And somehow we both left feeling really good after a rather terrible day.