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Munich as a kosher foodie destination

AdinaA Mar 13, 2013 02:48 PM

Restaurant Einstein in Munich. For a totally comfortable business trip, or holiday destination (with daily minyan) and really chow-worthy food.

Elegant restaurant right in the center city. And the food is really good.

The food is excellent. There is a permanent page in the menu, Jewish comfort food (schnitzel) and tasting platters of Israeli salads - some of the clientele are Germans doing Jewish tours that include Israeli food.

But the cooking rises way above the standard Israeli grill. I mean that this restaurant would be well-received even in a kosher foodie town like New York. Many dishes are not what you expect. Like a salmon with couscous in tomato sauce that turns out to be a light sauce of freshly ground tomatoes, lightly scented with saffron and a hint of cumin, no hot pepper. And absolutely delicious.

The "other" page of the menu changes daily, and is different for lunch and dinner. Examples:

Ravioli filled with celeriac served with a delicate sauce involving baby beet greens and figs.

Perfectly roasted breast of duck in a light ginger sauce with potato cakes.

Or a lunch special of curried lentil soup followed by meatballs in a fresh tomato sauce over basmati rice.

I could go on, but the point is that Restaurant Einstein makes Munich a delightful place to visit.

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  1. queenscook RE: AdinaA Mar 13, 2013 03:48 PM

    This is good to hear. My husband has a conference in Munich this summer, and we were hoping to find out about kosher availability. If anyone has any other info, I'd love to hear more.

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      AdinaA RE: queenscook Mar 15, 2013 08:39 AM

      Packaged bread under the Pfister-Oko label, plus there is a pretty good kosher grocer/butcher

      But it's the restaurant (daily minyan, mikveh) right downtown where business travelers or tourists want to be that makes this such an extraordinarily comfortable destination for kosher foodies.

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        queenscook RE: AdinaA Mar 15, 2013 09:40 AM

        That is very helpful information, Adina. Additionally, my husband just became an ovel, so knowing there's a daily minyan is also good to know.

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      DeisCane RE: AdinaA Mar 13, 2013 05:30 PM

      Yeah, I would say any kosher menu with celeriac is "not what you expect"!

      Know anything about Frankfurt? I'm going at the end of April, and I think I have one dinner free.

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        GilaB RE: DeisCane Mar 14, 2013 12:52 PM

        I think celeriac is much more popular in Germany than in the US in general, it's not just the kosher restaurant market that's under-celeriaced here.

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          njkosher RE: DeisCane Mar 15, 2013 04:58 AM

          A few years ago I was in Frankfurt a dozen times over six months for work. I never really found much except for the Jewish Community Center which was not great and was not open late, so I only ended up eating there once. Had to grin and bear it. Hopefully, for you, things might have improved since then.

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