The “Kitchen & Bar at the Courtyard by Marriott Cologne” is much more than just a hotel restaurant. It is a meeting place for hotel guests and Cologne residents alike, a place that mixes the Cologne joie de vivre with a dash of iconic pop culture. Inspired by the historical background of the Afri Cola and Bluna factories that once stood on this site, the Kitchen & Bar offers a culinary journey for the senses.
Afri Cola and Cologne Identity
As soon as you arrive at the Courtyard by Marriott Cologne, the design arouses your curiosity. The lobby and the “Kitchen & Bar” restaurant, affectionately abbreviated as K&B, are decorated with references to the iconic Afri advertising campaigns.
“This public area is not only a tribute to the cult drinks, but also a living piece of Cologne history,” explains Nina Eggers, General Manager of the hotel.
Design meets cosiness
As soon as you enter the newly designed lobby, you immediately feel: work has been done here with heart and mind. A world that combines warmth and style spreads out over 230 square metres. With 68 seats decorated in a harmonious mix of Mediterranean blue, earthy tones and elegant black, you immediately feel at home. And there are these little corners and niches everywhere: whether you want to make yourself comfortable on one of the comfortable sofas or prefer to gaze outwards on a windowsill with fluffy cushions – everyone will find their place here. Eggers puts it in a nutshell: “The special flair, reminiscent of the legendary Afri Cola pop culture, makes this place something very special not only for hotel guests but also for us Cologne residents.”
More than just hotel soul food
The Kitchen & Bar menu is a culinary kaleidoscope, ranging from hearty sandwiches to exquisite bowls. One of the highlights is the K&B Pastrami Sandwich, a flavourful explosion of cured beef brisket, marinated red cabbage and spicy chilli orange mayonnaise. “Our menus are inspired by the desires of hotel foodies,” says Eggers. Not to forget the drinks, which range from a diverse selection of Spritz variants to classic Kölsch.
Drinks that awaken joie de vivre
The drinks menu at the Kitchen & Bar exudes the Kölsch joie de vivre and offers its own Spritz selection, ranging from refreshing cocktails like the Rhein Cruise with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and homemade pineapple syrup to delicious Kölsch variants.
A place of community
The heart of the Kitchen & Bar, however, is the community. It is a place designed to create a sense of belonging for both locals and guests. A place to have “relaxed conversations over delicious hotel soul food and locally inspired drinks”, says Eggers.
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Cheese Board I Allgäu mountain cheese I Brie de Meaux I Pecorino Romano I Gorgonzola I Cherry chutney 14,50€
Charcuterie Board I Chorizo I Prosciutto Crudo I Milanese Salami I Landjäger I Cornichons 14,50€
The boards are accompanied by fresh bread, olive oil and salted citrus butter
K&B Green Goddess Bowl I Wild Herb Salad | Shaved Wild Mushrooms | Bornheimer Cress | Avocado | Baked Chickpeas | Lemon Hemp Oil Vinaigrette 14,00€
Caesar Salad Bowl I Romaine lettuce | Caesar dressing | parmesan | croutons | crispy capers 11,50€
Rigatoni Pasta Bowl I Rigatoni | pea pesto | confit peppers | burrata 14,00€
Burgers and sandwiches
K&B Burger 180g Beef | aged Cheddar | ox heart tomato | braised onions | jalapeños | “dirty umami” mayonnaise | wild herb salad | brioche bun 15,00€
K&B Green Burger I Crispy Lentil Patty | Tiger Tomato | Wild Herb Salad | Baked Onion Rings | “Dirty Umami” Mayonnaise | Brioche Bun 11.00€
Club Sandwich I Roasted Corn Chicken Breast | Maple Bacon | Organic Fried Egg | Lettuce | Tomato | Sumac Garlic Mayonnaise | Toasted Stone Baked Bread 14,00€
K&B Pastrami Sandwich I Cured Beef Brisket | Marinated Fresh Red Cabbage | Chilli Orange Mayonnaise | Toasted Buttered White Bread 15,00€
K&B Side Salad I Hemp Oil Lemon Vinaigrette 3,50€
French fries I parsley salt 3,50€
Special Mayos and Sauces + €0.80
“Dirty Umami Mayonnaise
Chilli orange mayonnaise
Sumac garlic mayonnaise
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
Langenfeld trout fillet I mashed potatoes | balsamic carrots 18,00€
Steak Frites 220g Eifel grilled flank steak | French fries | “Beurre de Cologne” 24,50€
Afri Cola Currywurst I Eifeler Bratwurst | Afri Cola Curry Sauce 9,50€.
K&B Blueberry Cheesecake 7,00€
Chocolate Fudge I Espresso | Salt | Chili 7,00€