Whether it's wheat beer with Weisswurst or sushi with sake, Munich has bars and restaurants for every taste and pocket. We tell you where to satisfy your epicurean desires.
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Tel. 089 57 87 78 59
This beer garden / restaurant is attached to Munich's alternative theatre, the Volkstheater. Chill out on a sunbed or deckchair and pick at delicious fingerfood, or sample some of the chef's tasty and reasonably-priced creations, which give an exotic flair to local specialities.
Tel: 089 36 74 35
With its long wooden tables and open fire, Le Gaulois has a rustic, informal, feel to it. The Breton-influenced menu includes tasty buckwheat galettes and a variety of fondues, while the entirely organic wine selection is imported directly from France. Various inventive set menus are available for larger groups; La Grande Bouffe, with its promise of a 'dessert orgy', is surely irresistible.
Tel: 089 29 01 380
Located in the former Schneider Weisse brewery, this traditional Munich beer hall is famous for its Weißwurst (of which they apparently sell 4,200 each day). The hearty Bavarian food and cosy atmosphere account for the Weisses Brauhaus's popularity; even Gerhard Schröder pops in when he's in Munich. The groundfloor rooms are as urgemütlich as one would expect from a Munich Brauhaus, but most customers would be surprised to discover that above their heads are decidedly new-fangled meeting rooms equipped with overhead projectors and DVD players.
Schubecks in den Südtiroler Stuben
Tel: 089 216 69 00
One of Munich's handful of Michelin-starred restaurants, Schubecks is the brainchild of celebrity chef Alfons Schubeck, who moved his restaurant to the Bavarian capital from provincial Waging in 2003. Despite its new city location, the place still has a feeling of old-fashioned rural charm, and with the restaurant's carved pine panelling, stucco ceiling, and tapestry-covered chairs, you could almost be in the dining room of a country mansion. When not preparing his trademark neo-Bavarian cuisine, renaissance man Schubeck appears on television, writes books and gives cookery courses, while still finding time to prepare his own range of mustard; every guest receives a complimentary jar on departure.
Tel: 089 260 39 54
This refined restaurant (and former seminary) dates back to the 15th century and claims to be Munich's oldest Weinstube. A rollcall of the family members who have run it is written in Gothic script on one wall in the entrance hall, while the peaceful main dining room has a vaulted ceiling, wood panelling and a statue of St. Benno (Munich's patron saint) above the door. All the tradition and history might lead you to expect a conservative menu, but the dishes on offer are surprisingly modern and varied.
Tel. 089 201 64 69
It may look unprepossessing from the outside, but this restaurant in the Gärtnerplatzviertel is one of Munich's best Indian restaurants, as well as one of the most popular--reservations are recommended. Inside, the stylish red and white interior and soft lighting create a relaxed atmosphere, complemented by the friendly service. The menu is extensive, with the thali dishes in particular providing a nice range of flavours.
Tel: 089 89 06 57 05
Pur Pur combines an 'oriental'-style lounge area (read: cushions on floor) with a Western-style restaurant section. Edward Said might not approve of the ideology behind the decor, but there is no question that the food is top-notch and the service very friendly.
Tel: 089 55 13 60
Voted the best hotel restaurant in Germany three times, the Michelin-starred Königshof is situated on the second floor of the luxury hotel of the same name, giving a spendid view of the Stachus square. Austrian-born chef Martin Fauster blends influences from his time working in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. As well as the impressive a la carte menu, patrons can try the seven-course gourmet menu, a snip at EUR 118.
Tel. 089 54 91 300
Lenbach is unquestionably one of the visually most impressive restaurants in Munich--not only is it housed in a 19th-century mansion, but the interior was created by British designer Sir Terence Conran based on the theme of the seven deadly sins (which the restaurant, apparently unaware of the works of Thomas Aquinas, seems to believe were invented by Bertolt Brecht). Gluttons will indeed find plenty cause for over-indulgence in chef Ali Güngörmüs' cuisine, while repentant sinners can salve their consciences with the 'wellfit' (sic) health lunch.
Tel. 089 21 01 90 60
Describing itself as a 'pizza lounge,' Nero professes to serve the best pizzas in Munich - a brave claim, considering the city is home to a thriving Italian community. But it certainly gives it a good shot - the bases are supremely light and crispy and the toppings fresh and tasty. Not somewhere for those who like their pizzas fat and cheesy, but otherwise definitely worth a visit.
Tel: 089 29 79 95
With its warm pastel colours and thick, noise-damping, carpet, this small Italian restaurant (it only has 30 places) is cosy and intimate, although the profusion of heart-themed modern art on the walls is slightly overpowering in the small space. Chef Andrea Pomiato Colesso (a graduate of the famous Königshof restaurant) creates sophisticated Italian cuisine, while the charming Maria Grazia De Luca takes admirable care of the guests.
Tel: 089 22 80 75 23
As the name suggests, this Italian restaurant (actually part of the Hotel Torbräu) cultivates a family atmosphere. A painting of an idyllic farmhouse hangs behind the bar, and the rustic feel is accentuated by the warm colours of the décor and the fresh flowers on the tables. The food is refined upmarket Italian, with excellent fresh pasta and nice touches such as home made bread rolls.
Tel: 089 29 27 72
A contender to the title of Munich's best sushi place, Shoya may be small but it is always busy; unfortunately the limited seating cannot be booked. Located on the other side of the street from the Hofbräuhaus, it provides a refined counterbalance to the excesses of Munich's signature beerhall.
Tel: 089 22 83 882
When he opened Kitcho in 2002, chef Watanabe realised his dream of owning his own restaurant. Like Watanabe himself, the rest of the staff in this disarming Japanese restaurant are young and friendly, and the exceptionally cheerful waitress literally skips around the place. The restaurant's authenticity attracts Japanese patrons, and extends even to a special machine (presumably imported from Japan) which dispenses warm damp towels. The excellent service includes nice touches such as pottery rests for one's chopsticks and delicious complimentary appetisers.
Tel: 089 280 95 45
Munich's only Jewish restaurant is (naturally) run by the Cohens, a charming elderly couple who serve up Jewish specialities from around the world. The emphasis is on dishes from the North African and Eastern European diaspora, although the German/Israeli couple also manage to make arguably the best Wiener Schnitzel in Munich. Located in an unassuming courtyard, the interior with its white tablecloths and simple wooden chairs is refreshing simple and unpretentious. On Fridays live klezmer music makes for a convivial atmosphere.
Tel: 089 23 23 06 60
This upmarket Thai restaurant with its unintentionally apt name (it apparently means 'salad' in Thai) is so fashionable that reservations are essential. Its popularity is hardly surprisingly considering the quality of the food and the exceptionally friendly staff, and the décor, with its black-painted brick walls, fresh flowers, and subdued lighting (not to mention the obligatory Buddha statues), is classy and intimate.
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