The pictures below describe one of the most special experiences I had in a Michelin restaurant in Munich. I’m going to talk about Dallmayr, rated two Michelin Stars. I had dinner at Dallmayr both in 2012 and 2013. This is one of the restaurants which made me re-evaluate my standards.
The restaurant is hosted on the first floor of an old and renowned city center building. At the grand floor, the famous Dallmayr store is laying, a gourmet paradise visited each year by about 2,5 milion of clients. The restaurant is open just for dinner (starting with 7pm) and if you want to have a table, you have to book in advance. Basically, Dallmayr serves two kinds of menus – one of 6 courses and the other one, of 8 courses, both signed by Chef Diethard Urbansky.
In order to reach the restaurant, you have to pass through the ground floor store (which is closed by 7 pm). So, you have to ring the bell and wait for a hostess to come, unlock the door and and lead you to the first floor of the building. This made me feel each time as if I was participating in a secret night-time adventure, full of mystery and unexpected experiences.
Dallmayr is a very classic Michelin restaurant. The waiters are perfectly trained according to the Michelin standards. Very polite and a little bit formal, they explain to you what exactely you have in the plate, emphasizing the highlights such as Perigord.
I love Dallmayr’s plain design. I am fond of their courage in respecting all the standards of a high class Michelin restaurant. No decorations, no pictures on the wall, no art-works, no solid colours, nothing competes with the food at Dallmayr and this is almost unique in Munich, among Michelin restaurants, as usually the owners of the restaurants just break this unwritten Michelin rule.
The Dallmayr sommelier, Julien Morlat, had a big challenge in choosing the perfect wine for us, as I would like to go with one wine all night long. So, how could you choose a single wine, when the menu contains salmon, chicken but also deer? I trusted him. And this was the best decision I took. He recommended us Chateaux Margot, Pavillion Blanc 2005, a wine that I will remember for a life time.
If someone had to choose just one restaurant in Munich for a memorable Michelin experience, I would definitely recommend Dallmayr. The text above was written in October, 2013, but this LATEST EDIT is from December 2015. At that moment, there are 4 restaurants awarded two Michelin Stars in Munich (Dallmayr, Tantris, Atelier and Ess Zimmer), and I’ve had dinner in all of them. Dallmayr offered me the best experience so far. I love the creativity of the team, the way that the elements are combined, the great plate design (sorry, the pictures that I took don’t allow you to properly see that!), the great taste of the food, the classic style of the service. For me, this is the best you could have in Munich in 2015.
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