Everyone knows about Munich’s love of beer gardens, particularly during Oktoberfest. People may not be as aware of its impressive array of award-wining restaurants within this German city. Here are our favorites.
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Restaurant & Weinhandel Broeding, München | Courtesy Broeding
Broeding adheres to an innovative concept: diners feast on a six-course menu that is changed every night. The owners have not deviated from this structure since opening the restaurant back in 1990, and Broeding has steadily grown in popularity, as visitors are endlessly enamored with its unique dining experience. Head Chef and co-owner Manuel Reheis meticulously creates the menu from scratch six days a week, then the hospitable staff often tell the story of how the dishes were formed to the guests on the night. Additionally, Broeding is passionate about wine – especially Austrian wine – as demonstrated through the sommeliers on staff, tasked with the important duty of choosing the wines that will complement the daily dishes.
The fact that you have to enter this Michelin-starred restaurant via a marble staircase indicates the level of elegance that permeates the enchanting dining experience. Dinner at Restaurant Mark’s begins with an amuse-bouche that will leave diners expectant for the main course. Executive Chef, German Simon Larese’s modern French cooking excites, while his dedication to delivering a truly authentic meal is clear, as the ingredients are transported straight from Brittany and Normandy. An example of his exquisite cooking is fillet of sea bass supplemented with caramelized cucumbers, romanesco, butter potatoes, salicornia and tomato stock. To conclude the night, diners are normally presented with handmade sweets as a gift.
Café Cord is a trendy place furnished with a cozy modern décor. It’s a perfect spot to stop after a leisurely stroll around the city centre. With its great ambiance, come by to sip on some cocktails in the company of locals. In terms of food, regular patrons recommend the fried onion salad bouquet, and the mixed salad with chili mango dressing and baked strips of salmon. Owing to its reasonable prices and central location, Café Cord is perfect for both lunch and dinner. Since it’s a busy and popular hub, booking in advance is advised.
Ella - Restaurant & Café am Königsplatz, München | Courtesy ELLA Restaurant
ELLA is arguably the ultimate cultural restaurant in Munich, conveniently located at the Lenbachhaus museum, with the neoclassical Koenigsplatz nearby. Its name is a reference to the artist Wassily Kandinsky, who used ‘Ella’ as a pet name for his friend Gabriella Münter as many of his letters, address her as his ‘dear little Ella.’ The restaurant opens at 9 a.m. every day except Mondays, serving breakfast and then lunch. It is primarily an Italian restaurant, with Chef Michael Hausberger at the helm. Diners can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine while admiring the lush interior, its walls adorned with large originals by local artist Thomas Demand.
Gratitude is a vegan restaurant located in the heart of elegant Schwabing, easily reached by public transport. With a carefully curated selection of healthy, environmentally conscious and animal-friendly food, the servings are large, prices are fair. The restaurant keenly promotes locally sourced products, as well as sustainable farming, by forming relationships with local farmers. Chef Patrick Janoud thinks up a new menu every day, while ensuring that Gratitude continues to cater for those seeking to stick to a raw vegan diet. Its specials include items such as curry, risotto, burritos and tempeh chili dishes. Gratitude is an alternative place to eat, for both vegans and meat-lovers alike, and is well worth a visit.
Koi is a modern Japanese Izakaya-style tavern, attracting visitors with its convivial atmosphere. The menu showcases some great mid-priced starters, but it’s the mains that are the real highlights on Koi’s dinner menu: pick the Hereford beef with sesame and red chili cooked on the robata grill, or some super-fresh treats from the sushi-bar. Chef Atsu Tajima and his team are renowned for creating attractive-looking dishes that also satisfy the palate. The delicious menu, classy Asian décor, and pleasant staff make Koi an ideal place for foodies seeking good Japanese cuisine in Munich.
If you wish to dine while keeping your finger on the pulse of Munich’s urban landscape, then Restaurant 181 is the place for you. It is based in the Olympic Tower, so finds itself in one of the most famous areas of Munich. At the epicenter of this revolving restaurant is distinguished Bavarian chef Otto Koch. He has over 20 years’ experience in being a head chef, having previously trained at various prestigious French dining establishments including the renowned Tailleventin Paris. The menu is divided into two sections: the avant-garde, and the signature dishes. If you are ready to broaden your horizons, then try terrine of goose liver with popcorn, or if you want to sample one of Koch’s emblematic dishes, then go for the turbot on stone. Restaurant 181 has been awarded one Michelin star and 17 out of 20 points by Gault Millau.
The head of this gourmet restaurant is TV chef Andreas Schweiger. He has worked at various German Michelin-starred restaurants in his long career, as well as at the prominent The Dorchester in London. With such sterling experience, it is no surprise that Schweiger² is the proud recipient of one Michelin star. It stands out as Munich’s smallest Michelin star restaurant. A friendly environment buzzing with creativity, the venue is popular as Franziska Schweiger, the restaurant’s experienced pâtissier. Between Franziska and Andreas the restaurant maintains an innovative menu that delights diners. Their cooking exhibits the best of German and French cuisine as well as soul food.
Theresa Grill Bar Restaurant is imbued with an artistic ethos that informs its sleek contemporary interior design. With a drinks menu that’s diverse and very affordable, the bar houses a comprehensive list of whiskeys, malts, rums, and gins, and the cocktails are just as alluring, with offerings including a white chocolate martini, and the Mon Cherie, a mix of vodka, cherry liqueur and chocolate. If that isn’t enough to tempt your taste buds, then explore the restaurant’s enticing dishes that more than complement the impressive drinks list. The menu is diverse, from linguine with black summer truffles and parmesan, to guinea fowl with lemon risotto and Buddha’s hand.
Vierwasser (Four Water) is one of only a small number of restaurants located on the River Amper in Furstenfeldbruck, just outside of Munich. Vierwasser is an attractive establishment with a stylish interior and a beautifully decorated modern terrace that sits above the water. The food here is fresh and tasty, whether it’s a delightful breakfast, inexpensive lunch or a dinner befitting the romantics. With solid local food, polite service and great atmosphere, restaurant Vierwasser is a place to visit time and again. The restaurant is always busy, particularly on weekends, so do make a reservation in advance.