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Issue N° 575 - August 1, 2014

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The fine art of cooking: Frankfurt restaurateurs and apple wine-makers spoil lovers of fine food with traditional as well as modern culinary interpretations

Frankfurt,  March 2012 (tcf). Frankfurt cuisine is as diverse as the city itself. Over the years, countless traditional and experimental restaurants have made their home in the metropolis on the Main. But Frankfurt is not just about fine food. Its most popular beverage is equally deserving of a mention. On 18th March 2012, an event entitled “Apple Wine at the Römer” will see apple wine-makers from around the world come together at Frankfurt’s time-honoured town hall to promote this great drink for the fourth time running. Those who prefer traditional first-class fare, meanwhile, are encouraged to pay a visit to Erno’s Bistro, the Tigerpalast, Villa Merton, Emma Metzler or Restaurant Français. Modern cuisine is equally well represented in Frankfurt, with a superb variety of cutting-edge restaurants on hand to tempt the more sophisticated diners amongst you.

On 18th March, over a thousand apple wine enthusiasts are expected to gather at Frankfurt’s town hall to sample the latest apple wine creations. The spotlight of this event, known as “Apple Wine at the Römer”, is firmly placed on the locals’ beverage of choice. Some 250 new vintages will be available for the tasting, representing a colourful assortment of apple wine from all across the globe. Initiated by Andreas Schneider and Martin Stöckl, this unique show is accompanied by several highly interesting art exhibitions, film premieres and special menus that focus entirely on the apple. The surprisingly modern interpretation of traditional dishes, prepared with only the finest ingredients, plays a major role at this festival, as it does everywhere else in Frankfurt and the surrounding region.

Specialising in traditional French cuisine, Erno’s Bistro has been one of Frankfurt’s most popular upmarket restaurants for many decades. Ernst “Erno” Schmidt opened this fine eatery back in 1974. In 1995, Valéry Mathis was appointed head chef. Since then, Erno’s has gone from strength to strength. The restaurant’s culinary performance received appropriate laudation in 1998, when it was awarded a Michelin Star, which it has retained to this day.

Founded by Johnny Klinke in 1988, the Tigerpalast is known far and wide for its fantastic variety theatre and first-class cuisine, served in the stylish surrounds of the Tigerpalast Restaurant. The consistently high performances of the kitchen staff were honoured with a Michelin Star in 1997, making the Tigerpalast the first and – to date – only theatre restaurant to receive this award. Diners will find the restaurant’s wine list to be equally impressive, with over fine 1,000 vintages to choose from.

Villa Merton was awarded a Michelin Star for culinary excellence in 2003, a badge of honour that it has worn proudly ever since. Head chef Matthias Schneider has been in charge of the seven-strong kitchen staff since 2008. Recently, the team was awarded 17 of 20 Gault Millau points for its regional and seasonal delicacies.

Restaurant Emma Metzler, architecturally integrated into the Museum of Applied Arts, is another classic of Frankfurt’s restaurant scene. The popular location was selected Germany’s best museum restaurant of 2011 in the August issue of the national gourmet magazine, “Feinschmecker”. Uwe Weber, the head chef, concentrates his efforts mainly on French and Mediterranean dishes. Vegetarians will also find the restaurant’s menu to their liking.

“Foodies” have something very special to look forward to at Restaurant Français, the in-house eatery of the time-honoured Hotel Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. In 2011, head chef Patrick Bittner and his team were awarded a Michelin Star for their French-inspired contemporary light cuisine. They also received 17 of 20 highly coveted Gault Millau points, awarded for culinary performance. What’s more, Oliver Näve, the restaurant’s head pastry chef, was recently crowned “Patissier of the Year 2012”.

Head chef Carmelo Greco has been a Michelin Star recipient since 1996. In 2011, Greco opened up his own like-named restaurant in the Frankfurt district of Rödelheim, for which he has now also been awarded “star status” in the famous Michelin Guide. The Sicilian native serves typical Italian cuisine of the highest quality, accumulating 17 Gault Millau points for his efforts. His restaurant has received rave reviews not only from the trade press, but the popular press as well. BUNTE, one of Germany’s leading general-interest magazines, recently ranked Carmelo Greco among the nation’s five best Italian restaurants.

Yet another of Frankfurt’s many celebrated chefs is the Austrian-born Mario Lohninger. Mario has been in charge of both restaurants at the famous Cocoon Club since 2004. Restaurant Micro is ranked in the Gault Millau, having obtained 17 points of quality, while Silk Restaurant has been holding a Michelin Star since 2006. A visit of “Silk” is bound to surprise diners right from the start. At the entrance, diners exchange their shoes for a pair of slippers. From here, they are led to a comfortable dining room where they may enjoy Mario’s multiple-course creations while relaxing on elegant lounges and soft cushions. And in case you are wondering, the restaurant has been awarded 18 Gault Millau points.

Already in charge of the above two restaurants, Mario decided to open his very own restaurant in the spring of 2010. This eatery in Sachsenhausen is named after its proprietor, Lohninger. Here, Mario pays tribute to his Austrian homeland, serving cuisine that calls to mind the best of Germany’s Alpine neighbour.

In 2011, the Arab luxury hotel group Jumeirah opened its first hotel on European soil. Needless to say, its in-house restaurant is no less luxurious than the hotel’s exquisite design and first-class service. Located on the first floor of this five-star accommodation establishment, Max on One’s kitchens are expertly managed by the renowned chef, Martin Steiner. Martin places great value on seasonal and regional products, which he serves in dishes that exude a typically Austrian- German style.

Seasonal regional cuisine is also on offer at the Seven Swans, where Kimberley Unser is in charge. This exclusive riverside restaurant, the narrowest in all of Frankfurt, has been surprising the critics since 2011. Gault Millau went as far as to call them “the discovery of the year”. Following a multifunctional approach, “Seven Swans” is excellently suited for business events, presentations and private parties, presenting itself as a harmonious combination of bar, restaurant and apartment. In previous times, access to the building was reserved to members of the German Designer Club – just one of many reasons for paying this unique restaurant a visit.

Contact: Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board Ms. Gisela Moser Kaiserstr. 56, 60329 Frankfurt, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 03 98, Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 21 23 78 80, E-mail: moser@infofrankfurt.de, Internet: www.frankfurt-tourismus.de

Picture credit:
Silk Bedrestaurant.jpg: © Cocoon Club
Apfelwein_Roemer.jpg: © Apfelwein weltweit

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