Friday 5 December | 2014
Birds are clever little creatures, taking off for long winter holidays in warmer skies. Now that the leaves have mostly fallen, the abandoned nests stand out among the branches, and it seems our feathered friends have all but disappeared.
Some of these birds are hiding away at Café Rotkehlchen, specifically the red robin, after which this cosy little Cologne hotspot was named. Flocks of locals also drop in here, but are disappointed to find that on Sunday mornings all the tables are full and nobody wants to leave in a hurry.
Despite being busy, the coffee arrives quickly. The imperfect latte art is almost homely – matching the old fashioned candles, bedside table lamps, exposed brick walls, and country flowers on the tables. Add the textured butter cookies on the side, and for a moment it feels like we have just woken up in a rural Australian bed and breakfast.
But then along comes the welcome taste of Europe, in a basket of sweet and buttery Bäckerei Schragen croissants, little packages of Nutella, and full size jars of D’arbo branded jam (€3.50). A moccaccino (€2.40) completes this sweet breakfast set.
The yoghurt with fruit and muesli (€4.90) may be served cold, but the vibrant colours are certainly warming. Stewed boysenberries make a rare appearance in this dish, which is also generous in sliced banana, apple, red currants, nuts, light natural yoghurt and muesli.
The foccaccia (€3.90) receives rave reviews from the regulars at Café Rotkehlchen, and so we have to try the ham, tomato and mozzarella version. It is deliciously decadent and bruschetta-like, with fresh and sundried tomatoes, olive oil, rocket, ham and enough cheese to melt it all together.
Sweetness and spice, and all things nice.
Venloer Strasse 400