Dicker Schmidt, Dresden {Restaurant Review}

Restaurant Review: Dicker Schmidt Dresden | Vegan Month of Food 2015


Restaurant Review: Dicker Schmidt Dresden |  Vegan Month of Food 2015

I am not sticking to today’s Mofo theme, which is called, “re-create a restaurant meal”. Instead I want to write about a meal I ate at a restaurant and want to recommend the restaurant! I cannot or do not want to recreate the meal I am going to talk about. Because I am just glad I can step out of my flat, walk a few steps, get this made for me, enjoy it and just walk away without doing any dishes. The restaurant meal I want to share with you today is a veganised version of the very popular German fast food called döner. (Döner is in fact Turkish. But the German version is different from the Turkish.)

I never had a non-vegan döner in my life and tried my first vegan version a couple of years back at Vöner in Berlin. I admit that like some other things I just tried it to spite those who tell vegans not to eat fake meats. Let me tell you nay sayers, you are missing out. Vegan döner is usually made with seitan that comes on a rotating spit just like the meat version would. It’s cut off in thin slices and served with flatbread, vegetables, onions, and tzatziki sauce. The combination of soft, fresh flatbread, tangy sauce and chewy, well seasoned seitan is very, very hard to resist once you’ve tried it. I was always sad that we didn’t have something like this in Dresden. Thankfully this changed last year when a couple of life savers decided to open a new vegan restaurant in our neighbourhood. It’s called Dicker Schmidt (Fat Schmidt). Their tagline is “hausgemachte vegane Esskultur”, meaning homemade vegan food (or more precise: eating) culture. I always found both this title and the headline absolutely brilliant. In a time where veganism first and foremost seems to be all about healthy aka “clean” eating, weight loss, and complying with today’s stereotypical beauty standards (healthy, young, and lean) it’s refreshing to see such a concept. At Dicker Schmidt vegan food culture is also equated with fake meats, processed foods, and fats – lot’s of things that are not considered a part of so called healthy vegan diets anymore. These things take the center stage and are perfected with homemade marinades and fresh vegetables.

Restaurant Review: Dicker Schmidt Dresden |  Vegan Month of Food 2015

They don’t call their signature dish döner, they call it Dicker Schmidt. If you don’t like seitan, they have a soy based alternative or you can  get a fake meat free version with roasted vegetables, too. Another pretty asesome thing about this restaurant is their shop counter. Here you can choose from lots of different plant based meats, cold cuts, and spreads to take home. They have vegan liverwurst, salami, egg salad, Hackepeter (the original version is made from raw minced pork), etc. I’ve seen people roll their eyes and make comments like: “Why do vegans eat this fake crap? They should suck it up and eat real meat instead!” or “I gave up meat. I don’t want to replace it!” To which I reply that if you’ve always been a liverwurst person and told everyone you could never live without liverwurst, here’s your chance to go vegan. Foods like these do mimic the flavour of meat products, true. And why not? The only thing you signed up for as a vegan is living without animal products. It’s not about sacrifice. You don’t have to give up your favourite flavours. And you don’t have to feel bad or weird for eating something that looks like meat. It still is not and eating it doesn’t make you a less fantastic person. If vegan versions of processed foods make you happy and enjoy veganism then please go for it! Many of them have their own qualities and in the end it’s just food. Probably tasty. So why not?

Dicker Schmidt, Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße 32, 01097 Dresden, all days 12 am to 8 pm.



14 thoughts on “Dicker Schmidt, Dresden {Restaurant Review}

  1. I am like you, I don’t have the desire to recreate a meal when I eat out. Otherwise what is the point of eating out? XD I think sometimes I might “improve” a recipe, or want o veganize it, but the latter is become more uncommon since I’ve been vegan for awhile.

    I get lots of people bashing “fake” things even things like “fake” milk. I think most people don’t know how simple those products are. My boss was bummed that the cashew milk had almonds in it (by Silk?) and she is allergic to almonds. I told her that she could just pour water in her blender and add some cashews and blend for a minute and she would have cashew milk. She was kind of amazed how simple it was and figured there was some crazy process to make a nut into a liquid. I explained other nuts needed to be strained and that there are lots of other things added to prevent separation… then I lost her. Which is weird how people get freaked out by separation, especially since she knows a lot of milk farming and that she knows that milk separates! Odd how in America we bash the fake and we bash the natural.

    1. Exactly. Milk is processed and it would usually separate if you didn’t process it. Also, every darn dairy product is processed.

  2. All of the vegan food I see coming out of Germany makes me so impatient to visit there. That döner looks incredible.

    An aside: I’ve seen alleged vegans argue that fake meat isn’t vegan and even that processed food isn’t vegan! Like they think they can make “vegan” mean anything they want, or they don’t know what “vegan” means, or the only definition of “vegan” is the way they do it. It’s exhausting.

  3. Oh yum, that looks fabulous! Here in Malaysia I’ve seen a few restaurants who serve the meat version of this and have always thought a seitan version would be yummy

  4. This sounds amazing!
    I agree with you, I get so cranky when people come down on vegan meats. And it seems to come from all sides, even the vegans!

  5. Oh my gosh, what an absolutely awesome good fortune to live near a place like this!!! I love seitans and mock meats so much, especially the housemade kinds. I do make it myself sometimes, but I can be a bit lazy on that front… if there were a place like this where I could buy it (especially from the deli counter!?), I would be extremely happy. <3

  6. Eventually I’ll make it to Berlin -hopefully sooner than latter- I’ve only been to Amsterdam and Scandinavia in Europe. I agree with ‘whatever it takes’ I think it’s cool vegan chef’s are coming up with all kinds of analogues and mocks. Even cooler when I hear an omni say they like it more than the animal product it was inspired from :)

  7. These sound a lot like the schwarmas that are available here in Canada. I used to enjoy eating the chicken version. I totally agree with the fake meat. Whatever it takes! I usually end up with a “bread” taste to my seitan.
    I wish I knew about these places when I was in Berlin last year. Guess I will have to go back!

    1. Sometimes it helps to add more spices, lots of them, to mask the bread flavour. And going back to Berlin is always a good idea!

  8. Have you eaten at Planet Veganus in Berlin? We went there a day after they opened and it’s fantastic. They have a doner “meat” made of seitan and pide bread and it’s delicious. Also gorgeous salads. The Germans really have the whole doner thing down! I wish we had one in England.

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