The Turkish restaurant Diwan, recommended by Göttingen's welcoming and responsive tourist office, was a far better choice.
Though more Germanic than Turkish in decor, with Gothic arches and wood paneled wainscotting, Diwan's fare was unquestionably Middle-Eastern.
A Diwan Teller for two persons began with a refreshing, minty Greek-style salad with feta cheese, cucumber, and tomatoes accompanied by flatbread.
Our main dish came on a sizzling platter and included spicy pork, beef, chicken, lamb chops, lamb kebab, eggplant, and several vegetables; enough for three regular eaters or four with smaller appetites.
The meal was a welcome change of pace and cost €36, including three beers. No credit cards.
Restaurant Diwan, Rote Str. 11, D-37073 Göttingen, tel. +49/0551/56085
Rating: Quality 12/20, Value 14/20
For lunch, an odd-time snack, a midday or late-night beverage, or a very informal and simple dinner, you can't go wrong at the centrally-located Nudelhaus. A light meal of soup and a beer will run about €5. Main courses, including the restaurant's numerous house-made pasta dishes, range from about €8. In good weather, there is an inviting beer garden.
Nudelhaus, Rote Str. 13, D-37073, tel. +49/0551/44263.
Rating: Quality 11/20, Value 13/20