2017 rerate: Fucking useless staff, enforcing fucking stupid rules about who can sit where (in particular, when it's mostly empty), so giving service 3 rather than 6, and averaging above.
2015 review: Large fancy restaurant venue on the corner . Not exactly sure what corner, as the christmas market was out and it was hard knowing exactly where you are. Restaurant prices, but the two small meals we had were tasty, if a little fatty and salty. Koelsch was passable, but a bit uninteresting. Staff were mostly efficient in a restauranty kind of way. A pleasant venue, but not top priority apart from the tick.
Visited on Sunday 13th December 2015 during the evening on a whistle stop rateathon around the old town in Koln. It’s a nice place, modern but with wooden barrels dispensing kolsch. Not much of a selection which is the Koln thing, prices not too bad, got served quickly and was in and out.
Good place to get the Gilden beer
Decent place in the centre of Cologne, right next to the Christmas market (at this time). Quite massive feel to it, but efficient and with attention to detail. Gilden Kölsch is not the most exciting example within the style, but it quenches the thirst.
Nice enough to make a small stop, maybe even have lunch, especially when with a larger group, but - truth be told - not really my kind of place, I prefer smaller and more quaint.
Its right opposite the exit of the parking at Heumarkt so its very convenient if you have a car. Big place, typical decoration for this kind of places. Visited on Sunday afternoon, we found a table at the back room. Beers were so and so (their Kolsch and a weiss beer), the service was good, except from the fact that they needed a lot of time to bring the food. Food was OK. Average prices
Big place on a corner of Heumarkt, large patio was absolutely packed at my visit, so I went inside for my serving. Busy but efficient and serviceminded personell, busy buzz all over the big place. Food looked delicious, but only beer for me, fresh and crisp, not the best but the ambience and buzz made it worthwhile. Beer direct on tap from a stationary barrel.
Visited on a wednesday afternoon. Large moderne restaurant downtown Cologne. Service was fast and polite (not friendly, but at least polite which isn’t always the case here). Selection is limited to Gilden Kölsch, which isn’t a bad one. We didn’t try the food. The Kölsch was 1,70 euros / 20 cl which seems to be a standard price for Cologne. Decent place. I wouldn’t mind visiting again.
Visited on a Thursday. Cool modern restaurant in downtown Köln. Nice terrasse and tons of room inside. Service was quick, efficient and kind. We didn’t eat here but the plates looked nice. The kölsch was good and fresh, not the best but a top tier.