9 restaurants in Munich you can always count on

Restaurant Heimwerk von außen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

Go out for a meal even without booking

In many places, booking a table at a trendy restaurant is the equivalent of winning the lottery, be it in Miami, Manhattan or Munich. We’ve picked out a few restaurants where you can eat down-to-earth, yet delicious food and not have to book three months in advance to do so.

Waldfee - Austrian Alpine Flair with a Hint of Kitsch

Restaurant Waldfee von innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

Silver deer antlers, black and white photos of Peter Alexander and Empress Sissi with the song “Manchmal denk i no an di” from the good old Austrian singer Rainhard Fendrich in the background. Well, that’s the Waldfee! Suited to the romanticism of the alpine hut: the Austrian cuisine. The Viennese “Backhendlsalat”, a crispy chicken salad dish, will get you off to the perfect start. Then why not “Kärntner Kasnudeln” cheese noodles or the Fiaka goulash with beef? Everything is tasty and fresh in the Waldfee. But you really must leave a bit of room for the apricot dumplings. Fans of bubbles can try out the “Sprizz” menu alongside.

Heimwerk - Real Enjoyment with regional slow food

Restaurant Heimwerk von außen und innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

If you suddenly see double and feel as though you are being watched, don’t worry – it’s not the drink – just the mirrored ceiling and garden gnomes on the windowsill. Here, they are inspired just as much by the region as they are the cuisine. In Heimwerk Schwabing and Heimwerk Glockenbachviertel, you eat according to the modular design principle: The lovingly prepared local dishes, such as the Munich Schnitzel, meatballs, spinach dumplings, etc., can be chosen as a snack or a meal, and you can also choose yourself an “optional extra”. Make sure you leave room for “Kaiserschmarrn” – fluffy, shredded pancakes – long live snack portions!

Donisl - Original Bavarian meets young Vegetables

Restaurant Donisl von innen, Suppe, Foto: Donisl
Foto: Donisl

A traditional restaurant with a new look: The Donisl not only comes with an airy, smart exterior, but its cuisine has also been given a facelift. With Bavarian music, it’s also tasty for vegans: green salad with toasted seeds, tasty vegetable crisps and lemon-ginger dressing. The signature dish is the Munich stew dishes. The delicately boiled beef is a big hit with tourists and Munich residents alike. Tip: Enjoy a view of the Frauenkirche through the “convertible glass roof”.

Cooperativa - Everyone together for Mediterranean Cuisine

Restaurant Cooperativa von außen und innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

Unassuming, but impressive! Take a few wooden benches and tables, a plain room with exposed brickwork and serve a crispy and creative combination of salad, sautéed vegetables, meat and “Schmackofatz” dips. The popular hit in the Cooperativa: lemon chicken fried in sage butter with bacon butter and balsamic shallot dip. The “oriental” with courgette and aubergine in a red-wine and cinnamon sauce and hummus is also fantastic. For a quieter time, there is a separate room next to the kitchen, otherwise, it’s “everyone together”!

Nage und Sauge - Duck Elvis and the "Nage" Salad

Restaurant Nage und Sauge von außen und innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

Darkness favours secret dealings. Good that candles are placed everywhere in this intricate restaurant with the golden walls and the ever-present duck Elvis. You can also eat it in the Nage und Sauge in Lehel, as a duck breast fillet with cassis, apple, plums and parmesan. And of course, with focaccia bread, the icing on the cake of the “Nage Salads”, which come with illustrious sounding names like “Beluga Bill”, “Poulet on a Summer trip” and “Inferno”, and are simply legendary. Tip: In the winter, make sure you get a seat in front of the old Boller wood stove.

Salotto - the Italian sitting room in Lehel

Restaurant Salotto von außen und innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

What would Monaco di Baviera be without a favourite Italian restaurant, Mamma Mia! The Salotto, also known as the sitting room of Lehel, has what it takes. Here, between flowery wallpaper and bookshelves with a racing bike, you can eat crispy stone oven pizzas and look deep into one or more glasses of your favourite wine. After a Pizza Pinoli with fresh spinach and pine nuts, you can melt with Salotto’s panna cotta and the discreet italo-electro pop music. Bonus in the summer: the “grande terrazza” at the beautiful St.-Anna-Platz.

Spezlwirtschaft Haidhausen - Hip Hop with "Rahmfleckerl"

Restaurant Spezlwirtschaft von außen und innen, Foto: Spezlwirtschaft
Foto: Spezlwirtschaft

Industry chic meets hip hop meets restaurant. It is really comfortable sitting on the blue, well-worn wooden stools, particularly by the floor-to-ceiling windows. First get an “Isarwasser” – wheat beer with Bols Blue and apple juice – and cheers! Add to that a “Rahmfleckerl”, the classic dish from the “Spezl” cuisine made from flatbread with sour cream and bacon. Whether you have the roast beef from Hereford cattle with spinach and pesto or the vegan kohlrabi schnitzel, at Spezlwirtschaft Haidhausen, everything is regional, high-quality and homemade. Tip: Pop by on a Sunday evening for a pulled pork burger.

Maria Passagne - Sushi in a dim sitting room-style Atmosphere

Restaurant Maria Passagne von innen, Sushi, Foto: Maria Passagne
Foto: Maria Passagne

Ring at the door? Dim light and doll heads on dark-red walls? The Maria Passagne is an institution, not just because of the 60s bric-à-brac decoration and sitting room-style atmosphere. Delicious sushi such as minto rolls with shrimps, avocado and mint, spicy Thai curry, fine Lugana and delicious desserts like cinnamon parfait and green-tea ice-cream ensure, along with the bar jazz and exquisite cocktails, that you will struggle to get back up from the red sofas.

El Perro y El Griego - Spanish Tapas and ¡OLÉ! in the French Quarter

Restaurant El Perro y el Griego von außen und innen, Foto: Lionman
Foto: Lionman

Ornamental tiling, wooden tables with Patina and display cabinets full of tortillas and more: the tapas bar with the quirky name “The Dog and the Greek” could also be in Seville. In the El perro y el griego, the Spanish holiday feeling flows on the dates in bacon, Patatas Bravas and the grilled chorizo. The fish and meat dishes also come highly recommended. Then a Tempranillo or simply a cool Cerveza, finished off with a Crema Catalana and a Spanish evening in the French quarter of Haidhausen is a done deal!

Text: Alexandra Lattek
Photos: Donisl, Maria Passagne, Lionman (all other images)

April 2018

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