Eating out at Trash-Chic in Cologne

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„Trash-Chic, that’s the pub behind the retirement home, isn’t it?“ – „Behind Käthe’s retirement home? But there is nothing! Only the suburb of Vingst, maybe …,“ our relatives speculate. But the Trash-Chic is right there in Cologne-Kalk in a quiet residential neighbourhood where you wouldn’t necessarily expect a specialised restaurant. In fact, it looks like a traditional corner pub, and also has the atmosphere of a traditional corner pub: Wooden benches and robust tables, a bar and a popular table football set. Most tables are already taken when we arrive, but there are no reservations and we manage to get a nice seat.

We order vegan gyros with chips and “home-made veganaise” and a vegan classic burger; the draft beer served is Sünner Kölsch which is brewed right around the corner.

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The service is quick and efficient and the portions are huge: Especially the Soja Gyros is a plate full of quite good chips, and very crunchy and rather small particles (probably made from soya and gluten?) resembling gyros. We find it a bit too crisp but very well-seasoned. The “tzatziki” coming with it is very tasty (although it appears more like mayonnaise than tzatziki), and the “veganaise” is surprisingly good and strikingly similar to mayonnaise.

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The Classic Cheese Burger (vegan version) is also quite convincing with a thick gluten patty, the right amount of ketchup and veganaise as well as some gherkins and tomato slices. But as all burgers quite difficult to eat: After a few dripping bites the bottom bun threatens to crumble away and we have to go for the fork, quite unsure if this is an appropriate way of eating a burger (not enough burgers until now in our lives). A quick glance around confirms that most guests use cutlery for their vegan burgers.

As the Trash-Chic is a vegan pub, it does not surprise that the menu features the usual alternative choice of soft drinks such as Fritz-Cola, Club Mate and Sinalco. We really enjoyed our vegan outing in Cologne-Kalk and will come back for the vegan goulash soup.

Practicalities:

Trash-Chic
Wiersbergstraße 31
51103 Köln
Tel: 0221/4928855
http://www.trash-chic.com/

Snacks from 3,50 €, mains 5,50 – 8 €

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