German eatery in Kaiserslautern offers authenticity, at a price
I first found out about Zur Feiermaus when I went to a German canteen at a local Army garrison to get lunch. When the server at the counter asked what I wanted, I told her, “Some really good, authentic German food.” Without missing a beat, she scribbled something on a piece of paper, gave it to me and said, “Then go here instead.”
Then she walked away. God, I love the Germans.
The piece of paper sat on my desk for months, but when I got around to eating there, I found out the lady was spot on.
Zur Feiermaus, “To the party mouse” in English, is located in Kaiserslautern on the outskirts of the village of Siegelbach in a two-story German house that looks like someone inside woke up randomly one day and said, “Hey I should maybe open a restaurant.” The inside of Zur Feiermaus is typically nondescript as well. I call it “Middle German Living Room.” It comes complete with a cast of German stock characters who, honest to God, all looked up when my wife and I walked through the door as if to say, “Great. Now where do we go?”
Zur Feiermaus is what it is — a restaurant that caters to German families living in the neighborhood who want an unpretentious place to unwind, hang out and enjoy the type of food their grandma made. And that is what makes it amazing.
The menu is decidedly schnitzel heavy, but the food is made with great care and is outstanding. The portions are big and meant for sharing with the person sitting next to you. I had the special of the day, “Schweinelende in Waldpilzpreiselbeer-Rahmsauce,” a pork tenderloin that I could have sworn was beef, smothered in a rich brown gravy laden with a variety of fresh mushrooms, some of which I think were wild. It came with a side of spaetzle.
My wife had the Schlemmerschnitzel, or “Gourmet schnitzel,” a massive pork cutlet topped with a cream sauce with a hint of curry powder baked with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions and cheese. This was accompanied by a generous serving of French fries. Both came with a green salad. My wife gave her meal a nine out of ten because the salad had too much dressing on it.
Overall, each entree was big enough for two people. But therein lies the rub. At 15.80 euros ($18.24) and 12.50 euros ($14.43), each meal also costs as much as two meals. I’m not saying I won’t go back. I will, just not as often as I otherwise might.
Thanks, somewhat bitter German canteen lady.
LOCATION: Auf der Brucke 6, 67661 Kaiserslautern, GermanyHOURS: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and holidays.DRESS: CasualMENU: German, with emphasis on schnitzel. A few pizzas, too.PRICES: About 12.50 euros (about $14.50) for most entreesINFORMATION:firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: (+49)(0) 631-01798-8277