In 1884, one of Düsseldorf’s culinary specialities was captured for posterity by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh. His Still Life with Bottles and Earthenware painting includes a pot of ABB Senf mustard, also known as Düsseldorf Mostert, which first appeared on the market in 1726. There’s more to Düsseldorf’s culinary scene than just condiments, however, and the city’s gastronomic delights range from hearty traditional fare to Asian cuisine, with the city home to one of Europe’s largest Japanese communities. Düsseldorf’s numerous top restaurants, including its Michelin-starred venues, draw on a wealth of different influences to create exciting, modern dishes that are guaranteed to delight.
Located in the modern, fashionable waterside MedienHafen area of Düsseldorf, Dox is a beautifully situated venue serving world-class food. Dishes are inspired by traditional fare, interpreted and presented in truly modern ways, featuring only the best seasonal produce. In the warmer months, make the most of the restaurant’s open air terrace, which overlooks the river Rhine. For a special occasion or an important business meal, book the chef’s table, where the best of the menu is served in front of the open kitchen.
Dox, Speditionstrasse 19, 40221 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 9134 1775
Berens am Kai
Situated on the waterfront, Berens am Kai was among the first restaurants to open in the city’s fashionable Düsseldorf-Hafen harbour area. The establishment is run by Holger Berens and Barbara Beerweiler and has been awarded a prestigious Michelin star. The sleek décor at this light and spacious venue serves as the perfect backdrop for head chef Berens’s exciting menu. He plates up elegant dishes that balance tradition with innovation, serving classics dishes, such as oysters, as well as delicious modern creations. A well-rounded wine list completes the superb offerings at this leading restaurant.
Berens am Kai, Kaistrasse 16, 40221 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 300 6750
It may be one of the newer names on Düsseldorf’s gastronomic scene, having opened in April 2016, but Nenio has already been awarded a Michelin star. Chef Bastian Falkenroth serves one menu which changes every seven weeks and, for €130, diners can sit at a U-shaped table overlooking the open kitchen and enjoy a six-course or seven-course meal that is prepared in front of them. Using only the best ingredients from the land and ocean, Falkenroth and his team skilfully demonstrate the art of cooking.
Nenio, Klosterstrasse 34, 40211 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 8758 6137
Under the leadership of head chef Murat Avcioglu, this fashionable Unterbilk neighbourhood restaurant has returned to its roots, with simple cooking and top-quality seasonal produce. The approach is clearly working, judging by the restaurant’s impressive 15 points in the prestigious Gault Millau restaurant guide. At lunchtime, the D’Aily menu offers a choice of different healthy bowl-based dishes, which can be combined with a starter and dessert for a more substantial meal. In the evening, guests can enjoy dishes from the à la carte menu, with three-course to five-course options on offer for gourmets.
D’Vine, Lorettostrasse 23, 40219 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 5435 7428
Agata’s is named after founder Agata Reul. Head chef Jörg Wissmann has created a menu that showcases multicultural influences at this sophisticated restaurant. Dishes from around the world are interpreted in new ways using high-quality ingredients. A la carte options feature exciting flavour combinations, such as pickled mackerel paired with roasted rice, horseradish, soy sauce and nori algae, while braised Iberico pork is served with pickled sardine, kimchi, pear and king oyster mushrooms. With this innovative approach, Agata’s offers its guests an adventurous culinary voyage.
Agata’s, Münsterstrasse 22, 40477 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 2003 0616