The Rathskeller401 E Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46204 Although we were disappointed in a majority of the Devour Downtown menus (either not a great deal or not a great selection), The Rathskeller stuck out in a good way. It had at least three selections from each of the courses and at $30 per person, it actually was a good deal when compared to pricing out each dish individually (about $10 cheaper than normal). Since we ordered off of the Devour Downtown menu, we weren’t given bread service, which was a bummer since it includes their famous pretzels. The Rathskeller is located in the historic Athenaeum Building downtown. After opening the door from the street, the restaurant is just down the stairs to your right. There is banquet seating to the where bands live music plays, a small bar straight ahead and plenty of seating all around. Appetizers
Sean started with the Brat ‘n Kraut Balls (normally $9.95)—a combination of beef, sausage, bratwurst, sauerkraut, onions, and seasonings deep-fried in breading. All three meatballs (about 2″ in diameter) were somewhat dry and the beef was the only dominant flavor that came through. They were breaded in a cornmeal mixture, so the coating was slightly thicker than flower. Because the meatballs were a little dry and bland, the sauces provided—mustard, thousand island and a beer sauce—were a necessary addition. Of the three, the beer sauce was our favorite. It had an alfredo taste with a subtle hoppy tang from the beer.
Recommendation: These weren’t bad, but they also didn’t stand out as being particularly tasty.
Recommendation: Worth getting at least once, especially if you love cheese!
I ordered the Penne Pasta Diablo (normally $18.50)—penne rigate, sun dried tomatoes, red bell peppers, portabella mushrooms and fresh garlic sautéed in a spicy tomato cream sauce. I opted for the grilled chicken instead of the Gulf shrimp and it was served with a garlic French bread on the side. The pasta sauce had the right amount of heat to it (spicy, but not overly spicy) and the portion size was rather large, so I had leftovers to take home. The French bread was topped with butter, Parmesan cheese and parsley. This dish had great flavor, it wasn’t too heavy and I had enough to take home. What’s not to like?
Recommendation: For someone who NEVER orders pasta dishes at restaurants, I’m glad I made the exception here.
Recommendation: The schnitzel itself was a hit, but the sauce and sides were a miss. Desserts
For dessert I had the Rathskeller Bread Pudding (normally $5.95). The bread pudding was good, but not great. It lacked the buttery goodness most bread puddings have, and it was not as tender as we expected. It was accompanied by a raspberry sauce that was good and wasn’t overly sweet. Sean thought the sauce was too tart to go with the bread pudding, but I enjoyed the contrast. It was my favorite of the desserts, but it still wasn’t great.
Recommendation: You can’t compare this bread pudding to Bluebeard’s (or Bru Bruger’s…or Late Harvest Kitchen’s), but it was okay.
Recommendation: Save your calories.
Our friend ordered the Apple Strudel a la mode (normally $6.50). This dessert was so bad, that I don’t want to waste time describing the ingredients that went into the dish. The dough was cold, undercooked and the apples were dry, flavorless and rubbery.
Recommendation: No. Just no.
Location: Downtown (Mass Ave.)
Cuisine: German, Pub
Dress Code: Casual