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The new starred restaurants of the MICHELIN Guide Germany 2017

The new selection for the MICHELIN guide Deutschland 2017 features 3 new two-star restaurants and 28 new one-star locations.

Ten three-star restaurants underline gastronomy’s top quality

The number of three-star restaurants in Germany also remains at ten, giving Germany the second-highest number of three-star venues in Europe behind leader France. Only about 100 locations in the world have received this distinctive award for culinary excellence on the highest level.


Three two-star restaurants : young chefs create a breath of fresh air 

One of this generation of young, motivated chefs is shooting star Tristan Brandt, who, together with his team at restaurant “Opus V” in Mannheim, managed to garner his second MICHELIN star in only two years. For the first time, Tohru Nakamura’s “Geisels Werneckhof” in Munich received two MICHELIN stars. Nakamura, who blends haute cuisine with Japanese influences, is a prime example of these aspiring young chefs. The third newcomer in the class of two-star recipients is the “Rutz” in Berlin with its chef Marco Müller. Germany’s capital now has seven two-star locations and twelve venues with one star and cements its reputation as Europe’s culinary hotspot.

Berlin : Rutz
It’s thanks to the creative skills of Marco Müller that this attractive, modern restaurant in the centre of Berlin has earned its second star. On the first floor (above the wine bar and shop) the chef brings innovative ideas to life with sophistication and precision, using top-quality ingredients and a multitude of flavours and subtle contrasts to create thoughtful, beautifully balanced cuisine. The 4- to 10-course Inspirations menu (also available à la carte) carries its own very distinctive signature with dishes such as Douglas fir-smoked sea trout, pickled quail eggs and mustard seed and dry-aged black-feathered chicken, parsley butter and fermented lemon leaves. Proof, if proof were needed, that Rutz more than deserves its place in Berlin’s modern culinary heritage. Alongside the excellent food, the restaurant offers a well-matched minimalist yet welcoming interior and a highly professional front-of-house team service complete with outstanding wine recommendations that more than do justice to the fine wine list.

 

 

Mannheim : Opus V
Here, diners on the sixth floor in Mannheim can look forward to up to nine punchy, flavour-packed courses full of creative, modern South-East Asian influences. In his mid thirties, Tristan Brandt has propelled Opus V to new culinary heights this year as a second star follows hot on the heels of the first, awarded just two years ago. A monthly changing set menu (entitled March, April etc) provides the stage for his masterful and technically accomplished arrangement of excellent produce. The result: a menu that amply merits its two-star status, featuring dishes such as scallops with citrus fruits and sour cream and lamb, aubergine and miso. In other words, gourmet cuisine served in informal surroundings characterised by the simple Nordic chic of the decor and a view of the kitchens. It is well worth booking the Chef's Table, though the places outside are no less attractive and afford a splendid view over the rooftops of Mannheim. The lunchtime menu is limited in terms of choice but offers the same excellent quality.
Here, diners on the sixth floor in Mannheim can look forward to up to nine punchy, flavour-packed courses full of creative, modern South-East Asian influences. In his mid thirties, Tristan Brandt has propelled Opus V to new culinary heights this year as a second star follows hot on the heels of the first, awarded just two years ago. A monthly changing set menu (entitled March, April etc) provides the stage for his masterful and technically accomplished arrangement of excellent produce. The result: a menu that amply merits its two-star status, featuring dishes such as scallops with citrus fruits and sour cream and lamb, aubergine and miso. In other words, gourmet cuisine served in informal surroundings characterised by the simple Nordic chic of the decor and a view of the kitchens. It is well worth booking the Chef's Table, though the places outside are no less attractive and afford a splendid view over the rooftops of Mannheim. The lunchtime menu is limited in terms of choice but offers the same excellent quality.

Munich : Geisels Werneckhof
There’s no doubt that the skill, sensitivity and creative flair displayed by Tohru Nakamura here amply merit this second star. Born in Munich, Tohru Nakamura uses nothing but the best ingredients, combining and enhancing them artfully to give his cuisine real depth of flavour and substance, cleverly underscoring his distinctive style with well-judged influences. Dishes such as the Lozère veal with morels, smoked eel and calves’ tail croquettes and the cherry blossom, salted almonds and 20-year old mirin tell their own story and raise the two menus on offer (five or seven courses depending on your taste) to something genuinely out of the ordinary.  Geisels Werneckhof is located in the district of Schwabing, close to the Englischer Garten.  With its attractive, stylishly welcoming interior, the restaurant fits perfectly into the hotel’s rich tradition, while the attentive, ever-present but never intrusive service completes the picture.

 

28 one-star restaurants

Presenting 243 restaurants with one star, the Guide MICHELIN Deutschland 2017 sets a new record. 28 locations received this award for the first time, among them no less than three in Düsseldorf: “Bread & Roses”, “Le Flair” and “Nenio”. This makes North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital one of the winners in the Guide MICHELIN 2017. Two new one-star locations each can be found in Bonn, Cologne and Nuremberg.

 

2017 Bib Gourmand Germany – Restaurant guide rides high

What better way to acknowledge the popularity of the Bib Gourmand than to give it its own guide? Following the success of the first edition in 2016, 2017 will soon be off the presses. The 2017 Bib Gourmand Germany Guide recommends 472 restaurants (including 60 new entries) that regale their guests with excellent food, representing a broad spectrum of styles from regional to international, traditional to innovative.

Bib for vegetarians?

Vegetarian and vegan cuisine is the latest culinary trend to hit Germany and one of the 60 new Bib Gourmands, Berlin’sLucky Leek”, is devoted entirely to vegan cuisine. In her friendly and down-to-earth restaurant chef Josita Hartanto prepares tasty, seasonal fare including pumpkin gnocchi with grilled Portobello mushrooms, pumpkin seed crumble, pears, sweet chestnuts and celery and grilled seitan escalopes with hazelnut puree, date jus, coffee and roasted tomatoes – a veritable vegan delight that really hits the mark!

Lucky Leek

Happy Birthday “Bib” – Celebrating 20 Years of the Bib Gourmand in Germany

In 2017 the Bib Gourmand celebrates 20 years of excellence in Germany. 36 of this year’s restaurants have been there since the very start and this year they are set to be recognised for their delicious and great-value food for the twentieth successive time. Below you’ll find three fine examples, and three resounding endorsements of the Bib Gourmand.

“Gasthof Schütte”, Schmallenberg
A charming, rustic restaurant boasting a long family tradition where delicious favourites include green beans with Kasseler, Mettwurst and roast potatoes and Sauerländer venison stew with pan-fried mushrooms, cranberries, broccoli and homemade buttered spätzle – the epitome of fresh Bib Gourmand food. And what does owner Karl-Anton Schütte have to say about it? “We really appreciate the Bib Gourmand. It’s great that good, simple cooking has its own rating system. The Bib Gourmand brings in lots of diners and shows us that good, plain food is appreciated.”

“Lamm im Kau”, Tettnang
The Kiechle family’s restaurant also serves up regional cuisine that is fresh and seasonal and gives great value for money. The menu at this comfortable eatery with its magnificent garden terrace includes fish fresh from Lake Constance and sour kidneys with French beans and spelt flour spätzle. Chef Reinhard Kiechle is delighted with his Bib Gourmand. “We’ve had our Bib from the very beginning and we’re proud of it. It’s just what a restaurant like ours needs. We’re not looking for anything more fancy. All we want is to provide good food, and that’s being acknowledged.”

 “Sternenschanz”, Ötisheim
With their flavoursome Swabian fare based on great produce – including the traditional tripe in Lemberger sauce with sautéed potatoes – the Linck family have their feet firmly on the ground, cooking dishes to please their guests to the best of their ability. They set great store by quality, consciously avoiding frills and flounces, and the number of regular diners here speaks for itself. They are delighted with their Bib Gourmand, describing it as, “the only rating system that rewards value for money, paying tribute to good, fresh food regardless of the latest trends.”

The Bib Gourmand is awarded to restaurants that offer fresh food, excellent value for money and a menu comprising a starter, main course and dessert for under €37. 


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