Alter Wirt, beside Munich’s Isar River, offers traditional Bavarian dishes, like oven roast pork in dark beer sauce and marinated free range steaks. However, it also serves dishes from around the world, like enchiladas, fajitas and an assortment of homemade burgers. The menu at this munich restaurant changes regularly, with themed days like ‘American BBQ’ and ‘Schnitzel massacre’. Outside, there is a cosy beer garden and a kids’ play area. Not only this, but lodgings are available upstairs in case the eating, drinking and merriment ends up continuing until the wee hours of the morning.
In the mid 18th century, Asam-Schlössl was the rural retreat of Cosmas Damian Asam, a prestigious painter. In the early 90s, this immensely attractive building was given a complete facelift thanks to the Augustiner brewery. With Birgit Netzle at the helm, the restaurant went from strength to strength serving delectable cuisine. It has been awarded many accolades, both within Munich and beyond.
The Augustiner by the Cathedral is a Munich institution if ever there was one. There are few things more enjoyable in life than enjoying a meal consisting entirely of totally fresh and homemade local food devoid of garnishes, like trout, duck or fire red roast sausages. Seasonal delicacies also feature highly. What makes it even better is washing it down with a pint of the pub’s own beer straight out of the wooden barrel, the Augustiner. No wonder this comfy, traditional establishment is always so busy. Here, the chef, Erwin Reusch, has a straightforward ‘Nature Pure’ policy when it comes to food; no fuss and no trimmings, just the taste of the Bavarian-Munich dishes themselves. This policy won Augustiner by the Cathedral the 2010 Upper Bavarian Gastronomy 1st Prize. The great view of the nearby Cathedral is a bonus, of course.
Next door to the Church of Our Lady Cathedral and right in the heart of Munich is the Nuremberg Bratwurst Glöckl. This cosy Bavarian restaurant is now over a century old and the building that it is situated in was first mentioned in a late 14th century manuscript. By comparison, construction of the Church of Our Lady Cathedral only commenced in the mid 15th century. This is definitely one of Munich’s most unique and traditional pubs, as its claim to fame is its open beech wood fire-grilled sausages . These are carefully prepared daily by Nuremberg Bratwurst Glöckl’s resident butcher.
There are certainly some extraordinary dishes on the menu at Restaurant am Chinesischen Turm, such as lemons in shallot sherry, spinach salad with peeled oranges and grilled entrecôte with baby zucchini and potato gratin. However, there are also more “ordinary” dishes like crispy roast pork with potato dumplings and coleslaw, as well as some Bavarian specialties. Whichever delicacy you choose, it must be accompanied by a glass of one of the very fine wines that the restaurant has on offer. If you are on a budget, the lunch menu (different each day) comes recommended as it will only set you back €6.90 – well worth it for the exquisite tastes you will get in return.