Germany: The ultimate guide to dine & drink in Munich #2

The gastronomy industry in Munich has been growing for the last 2 years. Dining in Munich gets more interesting day by day because of the development in style and cuisine. The drinking game in this city is nonetheless showing some impressive images as well with great cocktail bars or an enormously innovative change in coffee culture. Before getting into it, a warning is given for those who are not willing to pay over €10 a drink. Munich is certainly an expensive city for both dining and drinking but the city offers the best for each cent you pay. Moreover, a good drink deserves good care and high respect for baristas or bartenders who are behind the bar making you that full-of-pleasure drink.

DRINKING


COFFEE

If you haven’t checked the list of top 5 coffee places in Munich, it is a must because you should not waste your time on drinking bad coffee.

Recommend:

MAN VERSUS MACHINE 
Address: Müllerstraße 23
Website: www.mvsmcoffee.com

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MAHLEFITZ
Address: Nymphenburger Str. 51
Website: www.mahlefitz.de

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COCKTAIL BARS

THE FLUSHING MEADOWS HOTEL & BAR
Address: Fraunhoferstrasse 32
Website: http://www.flushingmeadowshotel.com

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I have always been crazy about this rooftop hotel bar because of its beautiful interior design and its amazing offers for cocktails. The space is very cosy like a living room so that whenever you are here, you would feel like home. Read further on my review on The Flushing Meadows Hotel & Bar.

LORETTA
Address: Müllerstraße 50
Website: www.loretta-bar.de

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This spot might be so vivid but very much hidden. No name at the entrance, you could only recognise the place by its big two windows looking through the whole bar. With a great amount of liquors, you will not be disappointed being at Loretta. Read more on my review for Loretta bar.

ZUM WOLF
Address: Pestalozzistraße 22
Website: http://zumwolf.com

My first impression for Wolf was not a wow but after coming back few times, I understand why it got so much attention from so many people. They don’t only have good cocktails but also a great atmosphere that makes people feel like coming back again and again. This American inspired bar is a cosy bar for you to check out.

JAMES T. HUNT 
Address: Schellingstraße 32, 80799 München
Website: www.jameshuntbar.com

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Definitely, JTH is my all time favourite. Maybe the fact they have it all – good drinks, good vibe, good interior. I have always been thrilled when a drink comes. Head over to my review for James T. Hunt to find out why I love this place so much.

HOTEL LUX
Address: Ledererstraße 13
Website: http://www.hotel-lux-muenchen.de/restaurant.php

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My recent obsession belongs to Lux. The space is quite small but it is perfect to have a romantic date. At Lux, there is a great team of bartenders always being ready to serve you real good cocktails. Some of the cocktails at Lux got a prize from mixology competition. Why don’t you come and check that out?

AUROOM
Address: Hans-Sachs-Straße 20
Website: http://www.auroom.de

Not only specialised in cocktails, Auroom got the winner of German bartending championship behind the bar. Certainly, the title is just not a title but Auroom has proven that they deserve that prize. Selective and creative! I cannot get enough of Auroom.


WHERE TO DINE IN MUNICH?

Germany: The ultimate guide to dine & drink in Munich #1

Having travelled to many different big cities, Munich stands out as a not-so-stylish one when it comes to dining and drinking. It might sound strange but the majority of Münchner is still quite conservative and it is hard to adapt changes. Therefore, gastronomy field in Munich has got a hard time to bring their new signature into this town. Nonetheless, this place has changed slowly for the last two years. Cafés and restaurants have been growing and bringing a fresh breeze to Munich. Surprisingly, people here are getting used to them and adapting day by day. New born restaurants or cafes will not be coming after each other in within six months but once there is good one in town, it is definitely a divine spot for each of you to be pleased.

DINING


Good food needs to be served in a good service as well as good atmosphere.

Bavarian cuisine

SCHLEMMERLKUCHERL
Address: Müllerstraße 43

A hidden spot that only the local knows. It is known by its traditional Bazi’s box (or Bratenbox) with the typical flavour of Munich or Bavaria in general. In one traditional Bazi’s box is served with potato dumpling (knödel), red cabbage and crunchy pork belly. Duck is another option as well.

SPEZLWIRTSCHAFT 
Address: Ledererstraße 3
Website: http://spezlwirtschaft.me

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Located in the middle of the city, Spezlwirtshaft offers a good range of Bavarian dishes. Brauhaus is an experience that people want to have when they are in Munich but to have real good food from this region in a great atmosphere and nicely designed interior, Spezlwirtshaft is a place to be.

Vietnamese cuisine

As a Vietnamese, I always look for good Viet food wherever I am. Here is the list of 5 best Vietnamese restaurants in Munich

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Recommend:

MONSOON GLOCKENBACH 
Address: Hans-Sachs-Straße 9
Website: http://www.monsoonrestaurant.de

ANH THU
Address: Kurfürstenstraße 31
Website: http://www.anh-thu.de

BURGERS

TASTE MY BURGER 
Address: Augustenstraße 16
Website: http://www.tastemyburger.com

Comparing Taste my burger to other burger places in town, this spot might not have a good eye for interior but the quality of each burger is phenomenal. During lunch time, they have a great offer – €6 for burger and fries which I find impossible in Munich. I have lingered my feet here again and again because of the friendly service and their tasty burgers.

SCHNELLE LIEBE 
Address: Thalkirchner Str. 12

Not a friendly service burger bar but the style and the concept would make up for it. Burgers here are made with organic products and there are great options for you to choose. The menu is creative with complemental sauces – from peanut butter jelly to mango chutney to apricot flavour mustard.

VEGAN

GRATITUDE 
Address: Türkenstraße 55
Website: http://www.gratitude-restaurant.de

DSC_3588It is a divine spot in town and vegan food is not just food with vegetables anymore when you are here. Find out more on my review for Gratitude

BREAKFAST

MISS LILLY’S
Address: Oefelestraße 12
Website: http://www.misslillys.de

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Breakfast all day long is what Miss Lilly’s offers. With great options for different breakfasts, you won’t be bored of eating breakfast anymore. What I love about this place is the cosy atmosphere and beautiful interior. Find out more on my review for Miss Lilly’s

CORTIDIANO 
Address: Gärtnerpl. 6
Website: http://www.cotidiano.de

A French bakery which offers you delicious brunch. Cortidiano is located in one of the most popular spots in Munich – Gärtnerplatz – which makes it more popular among locals. Price is reasonable and quality is high. Isn’t that what we all look for?

LAX EATERY
Address: Neureutherstraße 1
Website: http://www.lax-muc.com

LAX is an LA inspired eatery which offers basic but tasty breakfast. The space is relaxing and friendly that you can make it as a working space as well.

TAPAS

ITXASO 
Address: Pestalozzistraße 7
Website: http://itxaso.de

Itxaso is definitely one of my greatest find in Munich. The restaurant is small but that makes it cosy. The range of food is simply but what they serve would make you pleased.

LUNCH

LO STUDENTE 
Address: Schellingstraße 30
Website: http://www.lo-studente.de

If you want to find a good spot for real good Napoli pizza, Lo Student offers you a great deal for lunch. Everyday has a different offer and it costs about €5.50. It is located in the University area, and it tells by its name, it has become the hottest Italian restaurant in town where you can have good Italian cuisine under a budget.

STEREO CAFE
Address: Residenzstraße 25
Website: http://www.stereo-cafe.de

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The atmosphere at Stereo is quite different from other restaurants you visit in Munich. Classy and modern. Everyday offers a great menu with some delish dishes. Since it is located in the most expensive area in the city, the price is not very affordable (Price range in between €9 – €20). However, you will be happy with what you pay because of its quality.

Germany: Explore Vietnamese cuisine with the 5 best Vietnamese restaurants in Munich

Being a Vietnamese born, I have got to learn about Vietnamese cuisine. In fact, it should be called an education within this field because it is a long-time exploration when it comes to Vietnamese cuisine. Noodles, you name it! Bun (Vermicelli), Mien (Glass noodles), Pho (Rice noodles), Mi (egg noodles)… As a foodie and a Vietnamese, I am highly strict on what a Vietnamese restaurant could offer. In Munich, there are over 94 Vietnamese restaurants and that number hasn’t included small Imbiss (small restaurants which have a few sittings). It was a challenging project to do to find the best 5 restaurants in Munich.

The list below is dedicated according to my research on several websites to check the interior of each restaurant as well as their menu, visiting those selected restaurants and trying their dishes. Most Vietnamese restaurants have a similar menu but some of them have stood out to be nominated. Please know that it is my personal opinion and these are just some of many Vietnamese restaurants in Munich. I localised my search within the city centre for those who want a convenient access.

Let me first introduce to Vietnamese cuisine. First of all, if you consider to order Curry in a Vietnamese restaurant, you are not eating Vietnamese food. We do not specialise in curry, and in fact, WE DO NOT EAT CURRY. Curry is a dish that each Vietnamese restaurant offers for Western customers who want to go for a safe choice. CURRY IS NOT IN VIETNAMESE CUISINE! For some who have known a bit ’bout this kitchen, Pho is the well-known dish whenever you mention Vietnamese cuisine. It comes originally from the North and Southern Vietnam has brought a different flavour to it when it goes south. However, it is not the only noodle dish we have because we have way much more. And of course, noodles are not the only things we eat in Vietnam. Noodles are mostly for breakfast or a light lunch, but for us, rice with vegetables and some kind of meat dishes is the main meal. Within those dishes being served with rice, there are about hundreds more dishes. About street food, I can’t tell enough. I won’t confuse you further. If you would like to try Vietnamese food in Munich, here are the best 5 restaurants that can offer you what you won’t get offered elsewhere.

 


Moonsoon Glockenbach

Address: Hans-Sachs-Straße 9, 80469 München

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The first Vietnamese restaurant I have ever visited in Munich when I first arrived in this city and it amazed me by its interesting menu. Monsoon is proudly to be called one of the best Vietnamese Restaurants in Munich because how they present the Vietnamese cuisine on the table and their passion for the business. The restaurant has got high attention from customers since they first reopened. The menu is full of Vietnamese traditional dishes with a touch of innovation. Actually, that’s how Monsoon caught my eyes. Monsoon is the first place which has introduced me to some dishes that I did not know before like Bo lui, Banh bo, Tom lui

The main cook is the father of this family business. He shared with me his passion for cooking since he first arrived in Germany. It could be the circumstance that brought him to the business but he worked with full of ardour.

Anh Thu

Address: Kurfürstenstraße 31, 80801 München
Phone: +49 (0)89 27374117
Website: www.anh-thu.de

Looking simple from the outside but Anh Thu presents their style in an elegant way from the inside. Most Vietnamese restaurants have one common thing which is over decorate their shops. However, that you won’t find in Anh Thu.

The kitchen are more likely Southern tasted but they know how to balance the best of both worlds to turn all their dishes into the finest. Let me present Anh Thu through one of my favourite dishes – Bun thit nuong (vermicelli with grilled pork served with salad, crushed peanuts and fish sauce). In the North, the dish is presented differently, in which you are served a bowl of Nuoc man (fish sauce), grilled pork and noodles separately. We call it Bun cha. However, in the South, it turns into a mixture of noodle salad which is tasteful and incredibly fresh. That’s why Anh Thu has nailed it and surprised me with a bowl of goodness.

 

Koriander Too

Address: Einsteinstraße 113, 81675 München

It was a spark between me and Koriander Too since the first time I stepped in this place. The interior is neat and nothing is like a Vietnamese restaurant which makes them different. Comes to the menu, I spotted some dishes that interest me very much. What I like the most is they offer dishes which we eat normally at home as a dish with rice. The best one must be Thit kho trung (braised pork with eggs) – one of the most popular home-cook dishes in Vietnam. I, honestly, fell in love partly with the place because of that dish because it brought me feeling like home. The kitchen is southern-like and as a northern Vietnamese, I was amazed how the dish could crave my appetite and bring me back to the home dining table.

An Nam

Address: Pestalozzistraße 32, 80469 München
Phone: +49 (0)89 24203499
Website: www.annam32.de

From the outside, An Nam does not appear to be a place with taste but it got me to change my mind. With just about 50 sittings but it turns to be a cosy restaurant. The business has been run for the last 5 years and offered the best of Vietnamese cuisine. It stands out to me by the offer for both styled Pho noodle soup – Pho Nam (southern) and Pho Bac (northern). As it is mentioned in the beginning, Pho is traditionally from the north of Vietnam. If you want to judge a bowl of Pho, always judge the stock. How good or bad the Pho is, the stock would tell you and that is what makes one of the differences between northern Pho and southern Pho.  With An Nam, they have been well-known around town of their Pho and people have been loving it here. Maybe it is your turn to give a try.

Ca Phe Mai

Address: Klenzestraße 8, 80469 München

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I got to know Ca Phe Mai just recently through a friend and I’m glad that we got to meet. This family business has renovated the restaurant and made it into even a better place that is worth for a visit. With a minimal decor, Ca Phe Mai presents its taste in decoration with simple interior. The menu is also not that large which is actually a great thing because you won’t be confused of what you should order.

In that short list, you don’t have to doubt any dish because you know that they will all turn out good. Here you can find the taste from all parts of Vietnam and in what they are presenting on the card, there is that bit of north – Banh Cuon and a bit of south –  Banh ich tran and not forgetting a touch from the central of Vietnam – Banh xeo.


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Germany: Cantine Cantona – More than just good food

Cantine Cantona

Address: Schellingstraße 27, 80799 München
Website: cantinecantona.com
Tel: +49 (0) 89 28803795


With a catchy appearance, Cantine Cantona seems to be one of Munich’s attractions, or they have been becoming one. I couldn’t stop myself to have my visit. That first time has turned into second and third. At one point, brunch on Saturday has become my tradition. My face showed up too often those Saturdays and became a regular face to people there in Cantine Cantona.

‘You should come try lunch sometimes too’.

And I did.

Cooking is art

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A bowl of Parsley soup with a touch of pesto came to me to wake up my appetite. No pinch of salt needed. One sip, two sips, licking the last drop of it. It melted in my mouth but the fragrant and the intensity of that touch of pesto still lingered around. It hung around tricking my appetite till a good plate of salad presented in front of me. Either I was too hungry or because that perfect poached egg sitting on top of that salad mountain craved my desire for more food. I am no salad lover but Cantine Cantona has proven me that they could turn me into one. The tremendous freshness of all products on that plate was a call to all food lovers, such as me. What I found interesting was the poached egg. In Germany, not many people know about the poached egg or they have never dared to try. It is quite a risk to introduce it to the German kitchen but seemed like it was a great success. To poach an egg requires skills. When you are able to make a perfect poached egg, congratulations that you have just created a piece of art in the kitchen.

Satisfaction

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Sparks on people eyes told me that I was not the only one feeling satisfied here. I came into some business men just to have a chat with them about the place. It was great to hear other people’s opinion rather than just my own. And certainly, they were satisfied with their lunch break, especially with some divine dishes, as I had supposed.

I was sitting in the corner and watching the cook showing his skills. That’s something really great about Cantine Cantona – an open kitchen – it is actually very enjoyable to look at and a part of that, I somehow better understand the pressure in the kitchen. In fact, we all should learn not only to appreciate the good food but also how it is made. The fact that Cantine Cantona has an open kitchen, it gives people ideas of how a real kitchen works.

Starting to feel my stomach craving for more, there came the Polenta. It was definitely not the home food as I suppose you might be expecting but a great innovation of home cooking. Each bite was a dive into a new adventure. That adventure did not end just that because there were more to come. However, the moment I tasted the pulled pork’s shoulder, I forgot the world around me.

Food is passion

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I always seek for inspiration and here is where I have found such inspiration. A big passion for cooking, for food, for good quality of products… Having a chance to meet the cook of Cantine Cantona, it brightened up my day after the chat. Misha Nesterenko – the man behind the kitchen and the one had just created those wonderful plates of heaven – spent some minutes to share with me his experience. If you first meet him, you wouldn’t think he could have done so much in his cooking career. Having worked for different restaurants, from a café in Sydney to several Michelin stars’ restaurants in Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Miami, and that has not yet been told, for one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants, he is currently making a short stay in Munich.

I dropped my hat. I felt like sitting there hours just to listen to him talking about his work. He shared with me some experiences of being in the kitchen, how he loved working with fresh ingredients and how passionate he was creating different menu with his own creativity. I mean, talking about food is already great, talking about food with the person who knows about it so well is fascinating.

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My visit at Cantine Cantona has always been a pleasure. With a simple interior but neat and clean, the place brings up a great atmosphere that you always feel at ease. And the food, I think I don’t need to tell more. Cantine Cantona has really brought me into the gastronomy world – one with simplicity but perfection. There you can find the love for food, but we all know, food is lovable.

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Germany: Breakfast at Miss Lilly’s

Miss Lilly’s Restaurant & Bar

Website: www.misslillys.de
Address: Oefelestraße 12, 81543 München
Tel: +49 (0)89 55062195


 

We are living too fast that we forget about the most important meal of the day – breakfast. It’s true that we don’t have the time to get it sometimes, especially to be seated to have breakfast. Grasp some bread, Butterbrezen or just a quicky müsli… But Miss Lilly’s Restaurant & Bar defenses the idea that ‘why breakfast must to be in the morning’. Therefore, they have offered a great deal for you, who say no time for breakfast, to have breakfast anytime during the day from 9:00 until 17:00. Quite a deal that got my attention but there are more!

It was just a usual stroll for seeking for good coffee in town. I crossed over the Isar and found myself in a totally different area which is more urbanised. Somewhere in the corner of Humboldtstraße, a white café/restaurant pops out with the elegant look and sneakily shows the cute interior through the big windows. Then I felt it was a must to check out, purposely. Whenever I go to check out places, the first glance is the most important. I want to first interpret the vibe, the atmosphere, the interior, then comes the food. That sounds weird but I believe if the place has good taste in design would do better job in their food (not always true, but just the first glance, did I just say?).

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With the wild inspired, Miss Lilly’s got the cosy atmosphere from those wooden houses but still keeps it chic and tasteful. The place is decorated simply with wooden lamps, small plants and, my favourite corner, with mounted deer head. You are set in different moods in each corner of the place but still pleasant and delightful.

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The whole-day breakfast is definitely a good offer and certainly it is a good spot in town to have a slow and delicious one. From the simple breakfast with Croissant or Pancakes to special ones with a bigger portion you can find them here in Miss Lilly’s. You must think it is nonsense to go out for things that you can easily grab on the way. Think again when you pay a visit at Miss Lilly’s. They prepare great portions for you with deliciously fresh products that your mouth won’t stop watering. And hey, it is a cool place, why would you say no?

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