Munich’s best restaurants
The culinary life of the capital of Bavaria causes fundamental disagreements among gourmets. Some argue that Munich is a gastronomic desert, offering exclusively pork knuckle, fried sausages, sauerkraut and German beer. But opponents object and cite as an example institutions with a rich selection of gourmet dishes, marked by Michelin stars. We belong to the second group of opponents and present to your court the best restaurants in Munich.
Vinothek by geisel
Munich is rightly considered the beer capital of Germany. But few people know that this Bavarian city is famous for institutions offering a huge selection of wines. You can see this in Vinothek by Geisel – a family bar and restaurant, the collection of which includes 700 kinds of the favorite drink of the god Dionysus. At the height of the menu and not disappointing connoisseurs of Mediterranean and German cuisine.
The interior is traditional and discreet. The interior is decorated with vaulted ceilings, medieval iron lamps and dozens of antique bottles. The service has been debugged flawlessly: the waiters will recommend you not only the original dish, but also the wine suitable to it, telling about its history and properties. Over the creation of delicious snacks conjures Thomas Kahl. In the record of the chef – work in the best Michelin restaurants in the world. The average bill is 35 €.
Until 2009, the Olympic Tower in the capital of Bavaria was of no interest to gourmets. Then the German maestro of culinary Otto Koch paid attention to the highest building in Munich, and the situation changed radically. And although in 2015 the chef crowned with laurels left the establishment, the revolving Restaurant 181 continues to attract guests with refined international cuisine and an elegant interior. A full light spacious hall, located at an altitude of 181 m, makes a full turn in 53 minutes. In good weather, panoramic windows offer a unique view of the city and the Alpine foothills. During the day, the restaurant operates on the principle of a-la-carte. In addition to the 3-course menu (€ 36.50), you can order delicious dishes and delicious German desserts. In the evening, comes the time of gourmet cuisine, complemented by a rich selection of the best exclusive wines. The cost of dinner – 54-150 €.
Traditions of national German cuisine formed the basis of the menu Ratskeller – one of the best restaurants in the center of Munich. Opened to Marienplatz in 1874, it welcomes its guests in the basement of the Town Hall. Until now, the Weisswurst sausages, the Obazda cheese snack and the excellent Schweinbraten baked pork are served here. In addition to the eternal “classics”, guests are offered to taste dishes made from the fish of the North Sea and Lake Chiemsee. Ratskeller is huge. In the numerous Gothic halls, where 1,200 people are freely accommodated, you can get lost. Each room of this culinary kingdom is not similar to the next. But they are all united by authentic furniture, vaulted ceilings and paintings created not without a share of humor, depicting the history of Bavaria brewing. By Munich standards, prices in the restaurant are low – a full dinner will cost 20-40 €.
Marienplatz, 8 Schwarzreiter
As of 2018 in Munich, there are 13 restaurants that have been awarded high marks in the rating of the Red Guide “Michelin”. One of them – the owner of 1 star Schwarzreiter, located in the fashionable hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski. Michelin-starred institution is named after the favorite delicacy of King Ludwig II – smoked loach from Lake Chiemsee. Of course, this tasty fish still occupies the top line of the seasonal menu. Young talented chef Mike Menzel and her team interpret traditional Bavarian cuisine in their own way and refuse the most “heavy” ingredients. Do not look for fried pork or rich soup here. The secret of local food is a combination of unexpected textures, delicate taste and age-old recipes. The best wine from Germany, Austria and France will be the perfect accompaniment to the dishes on offer. And sommelier Andrei Grunert will help you choose one of 480 varieties. A dinner at the Schwarzreiter costs € 99-190.
One of the best traditional restaurants in Munich, the Augustiner restaurant, was a giant beer cellar a couple of centuries ago. Today in the historic building 5 authentic halls are waiting for visitors. During the warmer months, inviting a beer garden (Biergarten) to tables under chestnuts, which can simultaneously accommodate 5,000 people. This place has not changed its appearance since 1895. Noisy tourists, businessmen in strict suits, and farmers coming to agricultural fairs feel at ease here. For more than 200 years, the restaurant has remained faithful to traditional German dishes and intoxicating drink, supplied by the oldest brewery in the city, Augustiner-Bräu. The local cuisine is famous for Ochsenfetzen ox meat cooked in pepper sauce and Tiroler Bergbauernsalat Tyrolean salad. Regulars advise Kaiserschmarrn, a sweet Kaiser omelette, as a dessert. For a hearty lunch, flavored with a liter mug of foam, you have to say goodbye to 15-35 €.