Date of Review 2006-04-04, 11:33 a.m.
Sandwich name Reuben Sandwich
Price Per Reuben (PPR) $8.95
Reuben Delivery Time (RDT) 17 minutes 
Reuben Dimensions 16x10x5 cm (800 cm3
Included side items 15 choices including potato salad, spaetzle noodles, etc., a pickle spear and complimentary bread and pretzels on the table
Bulk to cost ratio 89 cm3/dollar 

Reuben Ingredient Matrix (RIM) Rye bread Corned beef Swiss cheese Sauerkraut 1000 Island
The Rathskeller X X X X X special

Description (taken from the menu):
Reuben Sandwich: Your choice of steamed corned beef or turkey breast topped with authentic German sauerkraut and plenty of melted Swiss cheese on grilled marble rye with a special dressing.

Sandwich presentation:
The sandwich was served unsliced on a white china plate next to the side item and a pickle spear. The sandwich was built with the special dressing against the bottom slice of rye, followed by the corned beef which was topped with sauerkraut. This was followed by a slice of Swiss cheese beneath the top slice of bread.

Reuben Eater Rankings
Larry Jahnke
Jim Kidd A A A A A A
Asif Kidwai A+ B A+ A+ A A
Carl Klutzke A A- A A+ A A
Chris Rowland A A A A+ A A
Aimee Zahora A A A A A A
Summary A A- A A+ A A

Reuben Ruminations:

: According to my friend, Stefan, in Muenster, Rathskeller roughly translates to community "cellar meeting room". It certainly is a nice place to meet with friends to go over a sandwich. While this is one of the most pricey Reubens we've had honor to enjoy, I'd go back again and again. While, I've never been to Germany, I can pretend what it's like by coming here. That being said, let's review: we all ordered and began the wait. While enduring this time, we were given various ethnic breads to enjoy. Hot pretzels with horseradish mustard, dark rolls with butter. This is the place to order a tall beer and relax the day away, but unfortunately we all had to return to work. The Reuben is definitely an American invention, but the Rathskeller made you think it originated in the old country. It was big and hot and satisfying. The meat was tender, the kraut mild, assuredly swiss cheese, sweet sauce, and incredibly flavorful bread. We only need a small excuse to come back. Sehr gut und wundervoll! They also make a good wiener schnitzel, as you might expect. ()

: It was an excellent place. It was very clean and service was excellent. Very friendly atmosphere. ()

: This place has more atmosphere than any five Reuben establishments I've previously visited. Even though it's in a basement, there's plenty of natural lighting through beautiful windows. You can feel the age of the place just walking across the floorboards. Classical music played as we dined. I felt transported to another place and time. We were seated at a big table for eight, with strangely low chairs. Fresh bread and soft pretzels were set upon a turntable in the center. The pretzels came with a tasty horseradish mustard that opened sinuses I didn't know were closed. Table service was glass, stainless steel, china, and linen napkins. At Aimee's suggestion I had the potato pancake accompaniment, and it was crispy and delicious. The sandwich was just the right size: I still felt full late in the afternoon, but I didn't overstuff myself. The bread was marbled and of perfect crispness, though the bottom slice couldn't stand up long to all the juice. I considered flipping the sandwich onto the peculiarly smaller upper bread slice--and that probably would have worked, since a generous portion of tasty cheese lined it--but I found I didn't really want to set it down! The kraut was good, though I suspect it was the source of much of the juice, and so it might have been better drained. The beef was tender, sliced thin, and unprocessed, providing a wonderful texture. The flavor of the sandwich was utterly distinctive: I'm not sure that it was the best Reuben I've ever had, because I'm not sure I can compare it to the others. Overall it was a delightful experience. Highly recommended. ()

: The corned beef was in a nice thick slice that easily falls apart. The sauce was pretty sweet. The sauerkraut didn't have a strong flavor and was rather drippy. The Swiss cheese was nice. The Reuben was a marvelous sandwich, and the best part was the bread, which was grilled to perfection! I loved the free soft pretzels on the table, and the bread to snack on while waiting for the food. I had the spaetzle noodles, not knowing what to expect, and they were delicious, also. The wait staff was friendly, and the atmosphere elegant. I definitely recommend a stop here for their Reuben sandwich. ()

: The Rathskellar Reuben is one worth tasting! For those looking for an authentic Reuben, rest assured the ingredients used at the Rathskeller will not disappoint. The dark cellar atmosphere of the Rathskellar and the German decor create a sensation of being in Germany itself--decorative beer steins, dark wooden bar with European style decor and detail, soft pretzels and spicy mustard, etc. The choice of sides that comes with the Reuben are unique compared with most restaurants in Indianapolis and make for a meal that is an excellent value for the quantity of food received. ()