Restaurant review – Jimmy Orpheus at Leipzig west

Our food columnist - Photo by A. Köpping
Our food columnist at Jimmy Orpheus – Photo by A. Köpping

So when I moved to Schleußig two years ago, I thought this neighborhood was great in terms of quality of life (like supermarket, bakeries and general nice feeling) but lacked nice places to hang out and have a coffee. That until three weeks ago when I discovered that this new place, Jimmy Orpheus, had opened at Industriestraße 18. When I saw the place while driving back home, I said to myself, I must go and try it.

To be honest I have not been disappointed. Coming from Brussels where restaurants and coffee places have a lot of competition and therefore need to keep really high standards, I was a bit disappointed when I first moved here. First of all I thought that generally, restaurants and bars do not pay enough attention to aesthetics (even in places that have a strong food concept), and secondly I find the service mediocre (sometime even in expensive places).

Photo by A. Köpping

So in terms of aesthetics I was positively surprised because the owners paid a great deal of attention to all the details, from the colors of the walls to the menu; they had a holistic approach that goes not unnoticed. When you enter the café you immediately feel the fifties ambiance from the lamps to the tables and chairs. I was amazed by the coherence of the décor. The big framed pictures add a funky edge to the sobriety of the décor.

Then comes the menu. Instead of opting for a classical printed menu, the owners opted to invest a bit more in the design. The doodles of the food and drinks totally worked for me. In terms of content, their menu focused on quality instead of quantity; they have four breakfast options and perhaps six or seven lunch options, but almost all their products are regional and organic. I also tend to trust small menus more than large ones, because with small menus you can be sure that most of the products will be fresh and not ready-made, because it’s easier to manage for the kitchen. I also appreciated their organic tea selection and the fact that their alcoholic drinks are not well-known commercial brands.

Now in terms of taste, I had the scrambled eggs breakfast, along with bread, butter and sour cherry marmelade. It was good but a bit simple, I would have liked my eggs a bit more spicy. I really liked the sour cherry marmalade. For lunch I tried the milk rice with the apfelmuss and I have to say it tasted really good, it was not too sweet and the creaminess was perfect. In terms of service, the staff is very friendly but on a Sunday you should expect to wait a bit for your breakfast. If you go during the week, it is a very quick service.

My conclusion: If you are somewhere in Schleußig, make sure to go have a drink or a bite there. For those who live there, I think this place has the potential to become a regular hangout place.

Photo by A. Köpping

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