The yearning for sea and sun is particularly great in spring. Therefore, the timing may be even more appropriate than usual to christen a restaurant “Mar y Sol”. In any case, the name of the former “Bienty” on Rheinbacher Hauptstrasse sounds like the ingredients for a successful holiday. The opening date was originally supposed to be much earlier. Operator Mehdi Soltani intended to reopen last year. But first the flood intervened and then the restrictions resulting from the Corona crisis messed up the schedule. As a result, the comeback had to be postponed several times.
In particular, the flood, which damaged many buildings in the city and destroyed some interior furnishings in mid-July last year, hit the restaurant in the midst of renovation work. “We wanted to start again last year. Ultimately, the damage caused by the flooding prompted us not just to renovate the restaurant selectively, but to completely renovate it,” explains operations manager Karl Mohr.
The official new name is now “Mar y Sol (by Bienty)”. The colorfully designed bar sees itself as a restaurant in which the bar will continue to play a central role. Mohr describes the culinary orientation as “Hawaiian, Mexican and South American with urban accents”. This orientation should be reflected in the atmosphere. The interior has 160 seats on two levels. A potpourri of colors and images awaits the guests. The bar in the middle is illuminated in bright orange, the wallpaper is decorated with countless faces. It is teeming with scenes and decorative elements depicting everyday life and life in Latin America.
The seats in the passage to the rear area and opposite the window niches are likely to be particularly popular. There is seating for 100 on the patio behind the house, supplemented by a further 24 seating on the front main street.
An epicurean foray begins with appetizers such as albondigas, fried meatballs for 7.40 euros, Cajun fries, French fries with a South American spice mix for 4.20 euros, or various wraps for 8.90 euros, which can be made with beef, chicken or as a vegetarian version Pulled jackfruit can be filled.
The main dishes reveal influences from the cuisines of Mexico, Hawaii and South America. The offer ranges from chili con carne, tacos and fajitas to bowls – for example Hawaiian scampi bowl (16.90 euros) – to burgers and steaks. Nobody has to do without pasta either, such as tagliarini “Camerone” with prawns, cherry tomatoes and pesto (15.90 euros). In addition, the team around Karl Mohr is planning an additional lunch menu with some daily specials in the near future.
The drinks range focuses on cocktails, for example the non-alcoholic Virgin Colada (7.90 euros), Negroni (7 euros) or Tropical Mojito (8 euros). The selection of long drinks, liqueurs, vodka, gin, tequila and rum is enormous. Early Kölsch, Krombacher Pils and wheat beer are on tap. Those who want to do without alcoholic beverages can, among other things, fall back on homemade lemonades and iced tea.
That’s open Sea and Sun (bei Bienty), Hauptstraße 23, 53359 Rheinbach, telephone (02226)1581010, Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1.30 a.m.
“Das Anders im Krone” in Königswinter relies on plant-based food
Plant-based food enriches the culinary royal winter. The gastronomic attractiveness of Königswinter’s old town has increased continuously in the recent past. “Das Anders im Krone” is now also making a contribution to this development. This is the name of the restaurant in the Hotel Krone. In December 2020, host Kay Rosenbaum started operating the hotel after a thorough renovation.
The associated restaurant is now no longer used only as a breakfast location, but has also been revived as a restaurant. The basis is an extensive renovation, which has led to the fact that the rooms now appear much brighter. The opening hours are currently still limited and will only be gradually extended.
“Das Anders” lives up to its name. Where else are not only the hotel guests but also the restaurant visitors spoiled with purely plant-based food? Rosenbaum does not see his culinary line dogmatically, however, as it rather corresponds to his personal attitude. “Our whole family eats a purely plant-based diet,” he says. Rosenbaum would like to offer guests a tasteful alternative that is difficult to find in the area. “Some hotel guests are initially surprised that we do not use any animal products at all. My joy is therefore usually all the greater when our breakfast is convincing and even tempts one or the other to change or supplement their diet,” says the 51-year-old.
The breakfast on the etagere for EUR 19.90 is not withheld from guests who walk in every day. The positive response ultimately motivated the new hotelier not to lease the restaurant but to run it himself. Kay Rosenbaum found the culinary director in Jorn-Tore Vollstedt. The 36-year-old chef took over the gastronomic management in April 2021 and has since implemented the culinary vision with a lot of positive guest feedback.
Vollstedt most recently managed the banquet area in the “La Redoute” event location in Bad Godesberg as chef de cuisine. He sees himself as a “bridge builder to bring guests closer to plant-based nutrition in a tasty way”. The menu for the restaurant includes the “Krone-Taler”, a creation that is both visually and tastefully convincing and is composed of boiled potatoes, chickpea flour, fried onions, wild herb salad, tomatoes and spiced carrot cream. For lunch, the team serves the thaler for 7.50 euros.
Other dishes include carrot cream soup (6.50 euros), a bowl of bulgur, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, radicchio, peppers, salad and carrot cream (11.80 euros) or hearty mushroom goulash with sweet potatoes, pointed cabbage and mashed potatoes (13.90 euros). . At the end you are served semolina pudding or chocolate brownie (each 6.50 euros).
That „Anders im Krone“, Hauptstraße 374, 53639 Königswinter, telephone (02223) 9070281, you can currently visit Saturdays from 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., Sundays from 9.30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for breakfast and brunch and from 12.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. for lunch. An extension of the opening hours on weekends is imminent.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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