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Oct 30, 2012 01:16 PM

Just back from Munich.... new find to this board, I think

We're just back from our annual trip to Munich for the mineral show, and had one restaurant find that we'll definitely return to next year -- Zum Durnbrau. This is another old time place that was strongly recommended to us by a friend who lived in Munich for a year or so recently, and it's on a little alley just 2 streets up Tal (towards Isar Tor) from the Weisses Brauhaus. It first attracted us by the specials, many of which sadly were out when we finally went Sunday night. But the food overall was excellent and lower priced than our other favorite spots.Excellent, friendly service too. You do need to get the German menu -- the specials aren't in the English one, nor is a page with their steak offerings (with various choices of sides and different priced cuts).

I had a special tagliatelle with fresh chanterelles, cherry tomatoes, butter and Parmesan (originally offered in the weekly specials with fresh porcini, which I really wanted but which was sadly out) that was very nice. The regular house specialty that another of our party ordered was very moist, delicious pork tenderloins in a light sauce with white mushrooms, garlic, herbs and bacon, served with toasted bread and salad -- a real winner. The other incredible dish of the evening, ordered by the same person, was a dessert -- a very light marzipan mousse with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and toasted pistachios. Yum.

Our other evenings were spent at our usual haunts including multiple trips to Der Pschorr and one evening to Andechser am Dom for the game (hare tenderloins in cassis sauce with spaetzle for me).

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  1. Glad to hear you liked Zum Durnbrau, we did too, though I think our dishes may not have been quite as special as yours. It has a really nice friendly casual feel to it.

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    1. re: jen kalb

      Yes -- we originally stopped by on Saturday afternoon, to see if we could get a reservation for that evening. No luck, but the hostess was exceptionally friendly and helpful as was our server on Sunday night. Will definitely be back next year.

    2. Old classic. They make a really good fried sweetbread dish, served with potato salad iirc.

      1. Has anyone visited Zum Durnbraeu lately?

        Are there any other German restaurants or Konditorei (realize you had mentioned Cafe Luitpold and Cafe Arzmiller in 2011, Behomoth. ) that have opened relatively recently ( preferably in the last 3 years) that Chowhounds would recommend?

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        1. re: prima

          We get there every few months. There's not a lot of change when it comes to German places in town, I think. Spaten recently reopened after renovations, but I haven't been yet. The two new places I've been to recently we're Les Deux, and Kuffler's California kitchen -- both very good -- but probably not what you're looking for?

          1. re: Behemoth

            Thanks, Behemoth.

            While I usually focus on German food when I visit Munich, I might include a couple other types of cuisine on this visit, so I've added Les Deux and Kuffler's California Kitchen to my list of places to consider, although I'd probably be more likely to try Les Deux than California Kitchen, since I don't tend to seek out American food while visiting Europe.

            I enjoyed Spaten on my last visit, and will plan to check out the renovated Spaten.

            Which places (any type of cuisine, any price point) in/near the Altstadt (preferably within a 30 minute walk of the Altstadt) would you recommend most to solo diners?

            1. re: prima

              You have to narrow it down a bit, there are lots of good places ranging from quick bite to Michelin... Maybe for German I would add Georgenhof and Osterwaldgarten in Schwabing to places others have mentioned.

              1. re: Behemoth

                I'd be most interested in meals that cost less than 45 EU per person. I'm not much of a Michelin starchaser. ;)

                I like restaurants that have interesting vegetable dishes (not necessarily vegetarian dishes, just plenty of veggies), as well as good salads and soups.

                I also like dumplings a lot, so recs for any restaurants with good versions of Maultaschen, apricot dumplings or any other Southern German dumplings are appreciated.

                A rec close to the Gasteig for a pre-concert meal would also be helpful. Enjoyed Kuchl Verzeichnis on a past trip, so I might revisit, but I'm open to other suggestions in the area. I haven't looked at a map yet, so thanks in advance if any of the already mentioned places are located near the Gasteig.

                Thanks for mentioning Georgenhof and Osterwaldgarten.

                1. re: prima

                  Wirthaus in der Au is near the Gasteig, and famous for their potato dumplings. Schweiger2 also very close, has a star but is fairly low key, do great stuff with vegetables.

                  1. re: Behemoth

                    But if I personally were going to Gasteig, I would take the opportunity to have great Thai food at Manam across the street...

                    1. re: Behemoth

                      Thanks, Behomoth. Might be nice to try Manam, if the rest of my meals will be German. I like Thai food a lot.

                      Which dishes would you recommend the most at Manam?

                      1. re: prima

                        I usually get the pomelo salad and a stir fry with Thai holy basil, but everything I've had there has been good. Only warning is that the place is tiny and very popular.