Since it was coming up to the end of the year, it was time to take a last-minute trip. With Christmas around the corner, the German markets drew us in and where better than to head to Bavaria and the heart of it all, Munich.
When travelling, my first instinct is to look at the best places to eat and Tripadvisor is always a reliable source. Broeding stood out as one of the places to try, winning the 2014 Travellers Choice award whilst also being the 3rd most popular restaurant in Munich.
We were informed beforehand that the weekend we were visiting was the duration of the year when Broeding host a special truffle menu with no other choice for diners. Even though the prices were a little higher than the regular menu served, we were still intrigued.
Since we booked in advance, we took a gamble and reserved a table at 9.45pm with our flight landing at 7.15pm. Travelling never seems to come without its cons and we were late to arrive to our table. Being surrounded by Germans, the servers weren’t impressed and informed us that because of our late entrance we would instead receive a shortened set menu of 4 courses rather than the stated 6.
After the hiccup, everything else went as smoothly as expected especially when it came down to the food.
First to appear was a deep-fried amuse bouche with truffle which was fried to perfection with the earthyness of the truffle being at the forefront of the palate.
The first course from the menu, was the scallops which had been cooked sous vide. This was my least favourite dish of the evening as I prefer my scallops pan-fried and the white truffle was also undetectable. The spinach, although full of flavour, was a little too wet.
Unfortunately, the next two dishes we’d missed out on; chestnut soup and wild hare and rabbit – the dish I was most looking forward to.
The dish with the least finesse was the tagliatelle with no colours apart from beige, leaving it difficult to look at all appetizing.
Regardless, the servers were extremely generous with the white truffle and the earthyness and nuttiness from the truffle, matched the beautifully silky white sauce from the pasta. A dish so simple, sings and no other ingredients were needed.
The seemingly modest presentation of the Brie with black truffle was sufficient. The rich, creamy, soft brie from Meaux in the Brie region was potent and with the subtle black truffle, was more than pleasurable. My only complaint was that I wish there had been plenty more!
For dessert, the citrus snowman arrived and resembled exactly that, towering above the citrus fruits on the plate. If the presentation was impressive, it was nothing compared to the taste. The base of the snowman was held by a perfectly cooked meringue topped with a zesty creamy sauce with plenty of crunch from the nuts. I’ve never had a dessert like it.
Broeding was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. Whilst some of the dishes weren’t perfect, the dishes that were, were outstanding. What made the evening even more spectacular was the attention to detail from both the chefs, who came to the table to describe each dish, but also the servers who were extremely passionate about the ingredients and matching wines served. I can see why Broeding won Tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Award and I would recommend a visit to anyone travelling to the area.
– Broeding, Munich