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“Fine if you have time”
Review of Kohlmanns

Kohlmanns
Ranked #73 of 732 Restaurants in Basel
Price range: US$19 - US$61
Cuisines: French, German, Swiss, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 28 December 2013

I made a reservation for lunch and thank goodness, otherwise we would not have got in. The place is centrally located in Basel so in the winter is quickly filled up when the outside seating area is closed. The acoustics are not excellent for conversations as the restaurant is like big hall with wooden furniture. Although I sat opposite by colleague I ended up trying to lip-read a lot of the time due to the noise levels i.e. not suitable for a business lunch.
The service is slow and trying to pay takes ages. Nobody seems to be coordinating the staff or the reception area. We saw several people leave as they were neither greeted or served.
Now for the positives: the house white wine was very good and went well with the most popular meal: Feuerkuchen. This was perfectly adequate for lunch with a salad included (Fr. 20.50). My colleague had a combination of small starters, like tapas, in glass jars, and it was not really enough and quite expensive. We asked for more bread to go with it.
All-in-all, the place in convenient, the food ok and the prices average for this part of the world but only go there if you have a lot of time on your hands.

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Thank J M
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Grischa C, KOHLMANNS Team at Kohlmanns, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Dear J M

Thank you for your visit at KOHLMANNS and your rating. KOHLMANNS is a special concept and is noted for the lively ambiance. We apologize for the slow service and will advise our staff of this. We hope to see you soon at KOHLMANNS!

Kind regards,
Your KOHLMANNS Team

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Came with 3 work colleagues on a week day night.

Pros:

- great location right in town
- Nice decor and ambience
- interesting menu with some unusual touches, particularly the firecakes
- well executed food

Negatives:

- slow service. Get 3 drinks when you order because you will never see a waiter again. Really not good enough.

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Thank GroundedKiwi
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Reviewed 6 November 2013 via mobile

The Munster flammekuchen is a dish worth returning for, but....it took us 40 mins to pay the bill, and we had to pay cash.
When I pointed out the issue to the waiter he started arguing with me!

A pity, because the place has decent food and is unusually plesantly designed, too

Thank VDenti
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

It's a nice modern easy going restaurant with good food! It's always full, so you will see that the waiters are a bit stressed, but still really friendly! We order a kind of pizza (very traditional) and an entree to share (you can choose up to 5 little courses, and are delicious). It's tasty and you are in a nice environment...considering that you are in Switzerland the prices are also ok. Enjoy! :)

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1  Thank luciamf
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

I have been to this restaurant several times and the food is always good however the standard of service fluctuates from being spot on to simple neglect. So although you will enjoy your meal you might not enjoy the customer service.
I can read the German menus but on one occasion I was given an English one which was nice but the meal that I selected wasn't even listed on their own menu!
Most waiters can speak English and sometimes they choose not to.
So to sum up, the customer service is hit and miss so if you are feeling sensitive dont go but if you can shrug it off then you will be fine.

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1  Thank SAK56
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