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FOIE GRAS IN BERLIN, VIENNA OR PRAGUE

Hello!

I am hoping fellow Chowhounders are able to help me!

I'm from California and as you may know, as of July 1 2012, there's been a Foie Ban :(
We are going to Berlin, Vienna, Prague & Dresden in August 2013.
If anyone can recomend any restaurants/places where to get Foie Gras dishes I would greatly appreciate it!

I like it either way (Seared-hot or cold pate/Terrine)
But bonus points if its cold/Terrine pate type as its my prefered way of eating it!

Thanks a million! I have not been able to find any places! :(

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  1. Hello,

    Foie Gras is avialable mainly at the high-end places in Vienna:

    Steirereck, Meinl am Graben, Mraz&Son, Vestibül and Anna Sacher use to have foie gras on their menu.

    Last saturday we had a great foie gras / dark Valrhona chocolate starter at Meinl am Graben, and last year we experienced a strange foie gras / smoked salmon starter at Steirereck, but todays Steirereck menu does not show any FG.

    Anna Sacher has a signature dish, foie gras balls covered with black pepper, but also their menu today does not list foie gras...

    Maybe you have to contact some of them in advance, they might happily give you a special treatment...

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    1. re: Sturmi

      Thanks Sturmi!

      I didn't see any Foie Gras in the menu's for Steirereck or Vestibul... but of course I'm still a few months away from my trip, and things can change... I'll look into the other suggestions and otherwise will make a special request to Steirereck, as we aleady have reservations for lunch.

      My son wants to do a "milk tasting" at Meierei Am Statpark, so we'll do lunch one day there as well...maybe an after lunch say around 2pm when the curd cheese strudel comes out!

      another dish we want to try is the Lobster/Cabagge dish from Vestibul... Have you tried it?

      1. re: yesilovestotravel

        Yes, of course !!! It is quite an experience !

        The "Hummerkrautfleisch" is the chefs (Christian Domschitz) signature dish, he offered it in every place he ever worked in: Walter Bauer, Mörwald Ambassador and Zum Schwarzen Kameel

    2. As for Berlin, you are most likely to get foie gras at French places. Crazy, I know '-)

      La Cocotte (http://www.lacocotte.de/14148/index.html
      )La Bonne Franquette (http://labonnefranquette.de/menu_du_soir
      )Les Valseuses (https://www.facebook.com/groups/lesva...
      )Entrecôte (http://www.entrecote.de/lacarte_lacar...

      )

      That should get ya started....

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      1. re: linguafood

        Wow!! Linguafood,
        La Cocotte sounds amazing! I want everything on the menu! Have you been there?? It's a bit far from our hotel (Hotel Mani near Rosenthaler Platz) but if its worth it, we'll make the trip down there!

        Didn't find much of a menu for Les Valseuses, and Entrecote's menu sounds good and it's more centrally located... but I wonder how their Foie is ... not many reviews and pictures to get an idea. I''ll research La Bonne Franquette next... :) but La Cocotte sounds really nice!

        Maybe I can even convince my 12 yr old son to try Escargot..?? :)

        Sturmi, didnt see the Foie Balls on Sacher's menu either... but I found that Rot Bar has a Goose Liver Tart with Fig Chutney & Brioche! sounds like I'll have to go try that!!! Yummy!!

        Thanks to both!!

        If you think of any more, please keep them coming!

        Yesi

        1. re: yesilovestotravel

          Yeah, La Cocotte's a bit of a haul from your hotel. But the public transportation system is fantastic, you can basically get anywhere within the city center in 30 min. or less.

          You're right on the U8 subway which you can take to Hermannplatz, then switch to the U7 to get to Eisenacher Str., the closest stop to La Cocotte. They must've revamped their menu, you are right -- it sounds really, really good! The waiters are super-gay and super-friendly. Must revisit :-)

          Les Valseuses is a very short tram ride from Rosenthaler Platz to Eberswalder Str., or a longer walk up Kastanienallee which has tons o'shops to check out. They change their main dishes on a weekly basis and have a fairly small menu to choose from. I love it.

          I've only been to La Bonne Franquette for lunch, and it's a cute place with very reasonable prices. You'd likely walk down Torstr. (a bit of a haul) or take a bus to get to Chausseestr.

          You're in a pretty central location, so all of these places are sorta on your doorstep.

          1. re: linguafood

            Thanks Lingua! Sadly, La Bonne doesn't have their Foie Dish for Lunch, only dinner for 16euros... but for dinner, I rather go to La Cocotte, for sure!

            I'm still working on my Food Itinerary... there's so many restaurants and places I want to fit into my schedule... but La Cocotte is on the list, for sure!

            Sturmi,
            For Vienna, I'll keep looking for Foie dishes, otherwise, I'll ask Steirereck or Vestibul for a "special dish".

      2. If you would like some packed foie gras, you can try the Ka-De-We in Berlin, This store has everything.

        First time I hear about foie gras ban. I have only heard about cheese until now :P

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        1. re: Giannis

          Thanks Giannis!
          Yes, KA-DE-WE is on my list, and I'll for sure buy some foie pâté to bring back ... How is Galleries Lafayette in comparasion for gourmet foods ? Would they have a deli with foie??
          The weeks before the Foie Ban here in California were crazy!! Lots and lots of restaurants doing "all Foie Gras Menu!! There's a restaurant here called Petrossian, had a Foie Gras Ice Cream!! Delicious!! Served with raspberry sauce and toasted brioche!

          1. re: yesilovestotravel

            Galleries Lafayette will most definitely have foie gras for sale. And oysters, lobsters, etc.

            It's closer to you than KDW, but I'd still check it out if you've never been -- their food floor is a thing to behold.

            1. re: linguafood

              Thanks lingua!

              Yup! will go to both for sure! ... might do a little picnic in the room ... nothing wrong with some fresh french baguette, Foie Gras Pate and some yummy Bitter-Orange marmalade! yummy!
              Also looking for Cheeses! if you have any advice! Something I can't find here in the states...

              1. re: yesilovestotravel

                Well, both stores have a *vast* selection of cheeses.

                If you want to go all out, check out this place:

                http://www.maitrephilippe.de

                1. re: linguafood

                  Thanks Again Lingua!
                  We are doing a sort of round trip
                  (Berlin-Vienna-Prague-Berlin)

                  starting and finishing in Berlin... so our last 3 nights of our trip will be in the Hampton by Hilton in Charlottenburg... so we'll be close to maitrephilippe to do some yummy food shopping!

                  1. re: yesilovestotravel

                    You will love it! If you like fish of all sorts (smoked, cured, pickled, etc. etc.), do stop in at Rogacki if you have a chance.

                    Great lunch deals, too, and a real neighborhood place.

            2. re: yesilovestotravel

              I think there is foie gras pate and whole cuts of foie gras both from either duck or goose liver. Duck is mostly used and is cheaper, but goose has more refined taste, a bit smoother.

              In France I have tasted some excellent macarons from Pierre Herme with foie gras. So when you find them, I suggest you to try them.

              KA-DE-WE has a really big gourmet store inside, where you can find pretty everything, plus a cafe to dine inside on the last floor. It is about on the same level as Gallerie Lafayette in Paris. If you mean the Galleries Lafayette in Friendrichstrasse in Berlin though, Ka-de-we is really really bigger with more and bigger selection of everything.

              Now after the ban, foie gras is off the menu of the French Laundry?

              1. re: Giannis

                Lingua, I didn't know Maitrephillipe served lunch! Even better reasons to go!
                Giannis, Foie Gras Macarons?? Wow! I'm so jealous!! Any chance of finding that in Berlin, vienna or Prague??
                I have not tried goose foie gras... But will be sure to try it when I'm there... Vienna's Hotel Sacher makes a very good looking goose foie gras tart!
                Yep, no more foie gras for the French laundry :( the thing is that most of these restaurants always had one Foie Gras dish, when the Ban started, they didn't replace that dish with anything just as "expensive" as the foie, so I think many feel they are paying the same price as before, without the "special" dish :(

                1. re: yesilovestotravel

                  Unfortunately Pierre Herme has not got any stores In Germany, Austria or Czech R. You can find him in a future trip to Paris, Lyon, Stransburg, London, Tokyo. he really makes the best macarons I have eaten along with Laduree, You can see my review about macarons here, in one image there is the foie gras macaron with chocolate. http://gastrotrips.blogspot.gr/2012/1...

                  In hotel Sacher In Vienna I have tried their sachertorte, it was good nothing so special but worh the try as something local and traditional. :)