Bavaria: Wirtschaft zum Hermannsdorfer Schweinsbraeu
On a recent tour ( March 2010) of Munich and Bavaria, my husband and I had dinner at Das Wirtschaft zum Hermannsdorfer Schweinsbraeu in Glonn, south of Munich. We chose the restaurant based on an favorable profile of the restaurant in the New York Times on Sept. 7,2008 , and a mention on Chowhound (which I can't seem to find now)
To say we were disappointed is an understatement. The restaurant is touted as a champion of local, direct from the farm ingredients, and is famous for their pigs, which are raised on-site. We opted for the daily tasting menu which worked out to $150.00 plus total for the two of us with wine.
The food was either extremely salty or completely underseasoned. The service and the kitchen's attitude was deplorable. When we sent back several courses, which we had barely touched, we were met with indifference. I speak German, so language was not the issue. The open kitchen was manned by the Chef Thomas Thielemann's staff, and while the chef was present, clearly he was not supervising the cooking. In fact, he spent most of the evening sitting at a table in the corner with a group of what appeared to be friends.
Prehaps worst of all, the menu included items that, as far as I know, are not local, like Gambas, large prawns.
The restaurant is clearly living off of its hype.