Friday, January 11, 2013

Munich: Meandering Through With Our Stomachs

After some relaxing days in Göttingen, we drove down to Munich to get our Bavaria on!

I miss old bookstores like this. Korea needs more antique bookstores but I'm afraid the focus in Seoul is more on what's new, modern, and mass-produced. 

We ate at Theresa Restaurant for brunch before we left for a proper walk around Munich. I wanted to do a full restaurant review on this place but I didn't take enough pictures in adequate lighting from dinner the night before, but their charcuterie grill is TO DIE FOR. They feature steaks like Austrian Galloway, Red Holstein Diary Cattle, and Pomerian Black Pied Dairy Cattle, as well the traditional roast beef, rib eye, and prime ribs, all aged minimum 4-14 weeks served with amazing sides like their beans with bacon and savoy cabbage with cream... I am DEFINITELY coming back for their dinner again, so look for that review in the future. Until then, you'll have to make do with the brunch we had there the next day. 

Obligatory cappuccino in the mornings. 

On certain days of the week, they offer a special brunch/lunch set menu, so we went for that. I believe this was a cream cheddar soup? Delicious.

I was hankering for some spare ribs and oven-roasted potatoes with a sour dill cream sauce, and so was the boy, so we both got the same thing. 

The best part of Theresa Restaurant is that when I went downstairs to visit the Ladies Room, I heard sounds of bowling going on. They have a bowling alley downstairs! What a crazy concept- an upscale charcuterie grill and restaurant upstairs, and a bowling alley downstairs... must try the bowling alley and more proper food reviews next time. They REQUIRE reservations for dinner, brunch/lunch is a bit more relaxed and not as busy. 

Theresien Strasse 29
+49 (0) 89-2880-3301

The previous place we stayed at was unsatisfactory, so we moved locations to Schiller 5, which was smack dab in the center of Munich. They had fun decorative pieces like this chandelier...

...this bust of a Roman whomever...

...and beautiful flowers.

We went down to Stachus and Marienplatz to do some shopping. 

I bought a bag of warm nuts. Omigawd delicious.

Oh hai I'm just an old lovely structure right smack in the middle of the Platz.

Viktualienmarkt: I've died and gone to heaven. Meat EVERYWHERE! The carnivore in me went RAWR.

Later for dinner, we went to a really small, rustic Argentinian restaurant called Freiraum that was co-owned by a lovely couple. The wife is the chef and the husband served as maître d' of the restaurant. Menus were written (albeit a bit illegibly) on a chalkboard every day. Super cute and romantic. A note of warning- it's very casual and homey here so don't go dressed to the nines... which we did. ㅠㅠ

I had a steak with red wine jus(?), grilled veggies. It was okay.

Another steak! with corn on the cob and a salad, roasted potatoes. 

I loved the candlelight and breadsticks in the lace container.

The next morning, before heading out for the long drive to Cologne, we ate at a very charming Italian restaurant called La Vecchia Masseria. The owner seems to like to super-glue random Italian items to the walls as decoration, and hey, as long as they don't fall on my head, I am A-OK with this design aesthetic. 

Wheels, cloves of fake garlic, washboards, etc.

THE most amazing tomato soup ever. I don't even know why this soup was so amazing, probably because I dumped in three spoonfuls of parmesan and grounded pepper into it, but I dream about this soup sometimes.

Talk about rustic! My dorade (sea bream) came straight out of the oven into my mouth. The veggies were steamed and the dorade simply cooked and delicious. I could live on this for the rest of my life... if someone else deboned it first ^_~

The boy had a special with some kind guinea fowl and noodles in a curry sauce. It was pretty good, actually, but I can't find it on their current menu as it was a special. 

After lunch, off we were to Cologne! Next post, lovelies.


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