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Five best Bavarian restaurants


Many dishes regarded as typically German originated in Munich; hearty joints of meat, copious quantities of potatoes and spiced sausages are all staples of the Bavarian kitchen. However, the city’s contemporary dining scene is moving away from these traditional options, incorporating international flavours and adding a fresh spin to classic dishes. The city has a well-deserved reputation for embracing international flavours; its status as a Savoyard city meant it once shared a ruler with Milan and Italian flavours appear throughout Munich’s restaurants. In recent years, flavours from France, the Mediterranean and further afield have made their mark on the city’s cuisine. These cosmopolitan influences, combined with a crop of innovative chefs and beautifully designed dining rooms have helped make Munich’s restaurant scene one of the world’s best. Verity Hogan dines at a selection of the city’s very best restaurants

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Landersdorfer & Innerhofer
A restaurant with no menu requires a great deal of confidence, for both the chefs and the diners. Happily, at Landersdorfer & Innerhofer this confidence is well placed: every course is delicious, perfectly executed and has its roots in classic gourmet cuisine. The restaurant’s muted interior ensures all attention is focused on the food; wooden furnishings, whitewashed walls and discreet decorative touches combine to create a comfortable bistro atmosphere. Friendly staff members are on hand to guide diners through the unusual concept while the extensive wine list ensures there is a vintage to match even the most imaginative dishes.

Landersdorfer & Innerhofer, Hackenstrasse 6-8, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 2601 8637

Restaurant 181
Boasting unrivalled panoramic views across Munich, the revolving Restaurant 181 is located on the top floor of the city’s Olympic Tower. Its outstanding views are complemented by an elegant interior and menu made up of fine gourmet cuisine by acclaimed chef Otto Koch. The restaurants has two menus, one featuring classic signature dishes and one with more avant-garde options; one signature choice is a delicious marinated salmon with side dishes of caviar, cucumber and citrus fruit while more daring diners can try the seared scallops with asparagus, ginger and béarnaise sauce.

Restaurant 181, Spiridon-Louis Ring 7, 80809 Munich, +49 (0)89 3509 48181

Restaurant Davvero
Restaurant Davvero excels at combining the traditional with the contemporary and creating one cohesive dining concept. The dining room’s impressive proportions are enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, photographs by Hubertus von Hohenlohe and a striking ornamental chandelier. In contrast, the menu is deceptively simple; taking inspiration from Italy, each dish pairs carefully balanced flavours with the highest-quality fresh produce. Typical dishes include a veal cutlet with fried potatoes, a Mediterranean stuffed poussin, and monkfish with a herbal citrus crust.

Restaurant Davvero, The Charles Hotel, Sophienstrasse 28, 80333 Munich, +49 (0)89 54455 51200

Restaurant Gandl
With its homely décor and mixture of classical French and Italian cuisine, Restaurant Gandl is one of Munich’s most popular restaurants. The dining room resembles a traditional family home with its low ceiling, traditional wooden furnishings and roaring fireplace while the cuisine is similarly rustic and incorporates high-quality, fresh ingredients. Choose a classic dish such as white wine risotto with peas and octopus or experiment with a roasted Muscovy duck breast accompanied by spring cabbage, balsamic onions and apricot polenta.

Restaurant Gandl, St Anna Platz, 80538 Munich, +49 (0)89 2916 2525

Restaurant Emiko
Bringing contemporary Japanese cuisine to central Munich, Restaurant Emiko combines Asia’s rich culinary heritage with international influences to produce particularly creative menus. The experienced chefs, all trained in Tokyo, are experts at careful preparation and exquisite presentation. Delicately balanced flavours with the combined aromas of many different types of Asian cuisines are especially important here. Dishes are intended for sharing and are served in the centre of the table; be sure to accompany your meal with a choice from the similarly Asian-inspired bar – cocktails featuring saké, lemongrass and ginger are particularly refreshing.

Restaurant Emiko, Viktualienmarkt 6, 80331 Munich, +49 (0)89 41119 08111

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