Bill and I had tentative plans to visit a couple of festivals over the weekend. But then we took note of the weather and decided we’d rather stay in and watch bad TV. Our area got snow yesterday and last night and that kind of weather makes me want to hibernate. I do like to post updates to this blog on the weekends, though.
Those who read this blog regularly might know that I tend to write more about restaurants than anything else. Every once in awhile, I make aggregate posts about places where we’ve eaten. Since we have just enjoyed two marvelous five star restaurant experiences, I thought today would be a good day to post about where to get really fancy food in the Stuttgart area.
This list is not in any particular order. They’re just places where we’ve gone and been bowled over by the food, the service, and the presentation. Not surprisingly, they also tend to be very expensive. Check this blog for my reviews.
5. Der Zauberlehrling
Bill and I first tried Der Zauberlehrling in Stuttgart in 2008. At that time, it was one of just a few restaurants in the area that was using Open Table, an online reservation service. Der Zauberlehrling is also a quirky hotel that I wouldn’t mind trying someday. We have only been for the food, which has been pretty magical. The above link will take you to my review from the spring of 2017, when we attended their Candlelit Theme Night. This event, which happens every Saturday, is a set menu offered for 115 euros a person and is all inclusive of snacks, a four course meal, wine pairings, and espresso or coffee. The food is definitely gourmet and the service is outstanding, although it’s not possible to order a la carte on Saturday nights (you can order a la carte on other nights). As much as I enjoyed the food, I was especially enchanted by the service, which was laid back but very professional. I love a place where I can feel comfortable enjoying the food.
One of the lovely courses at Der Zauberlehrling.
We recently celebrated our 15th anniversary at Alte Post in Nagold. This restaurant is actually two eateries– the casual Luz Bistro and Bar and the more formal Alte Post, which offers set menus a few nights a week. Both times we’ve tried the more formal Alte Post dining room, we’ve come away from the experience awestruck by the exquisite flavors and inventive presentations. A bonus for us is that Nagold is very close to where we live. Both times, we have been served by the sommelier and proprietor, Marina Hentsch, who has teamed up with star Chef Stefan Beiter to make some truly outstanding food for those of us on the edge of the Black Forest.
Delightful salmon at Alte Post.
My next entry is another hotel restaurant located in Wildberg, a small town in the Black Forest. Hotel Talblick offers two restaurants on its premises. There’s the traditional gasthaus, which Bill and I haven’t tried yet, and the “Gourmetrestaurant”, which we tried in 2016. The two restaurants are different, though they both get very high marks for food quality. We were the only ones dining in the gourmet restaurant when we finally managed to get a reservation after months of trying. It was June and it was hot, but the food was absolutely unforgettable. Chef Claus Weitbrecht has many years of experience and study in France, and it shows. We spent several hours enjoying course after course of very fancy food! If you don’t mind a drive and like gourmet dining, this place is worth a stop.
This was the amuse when we dined… It wasn’t even on the menu! I see by my review that I was very much enchanted by this quail.
Gasthof Krone in Waldenbuch is an unassuming looking place, but it offers a wonderful gourmet experience. We dined there in the spring of 2016 and I think we’re due for another visit, particularly since the chef changed after we tried them the first time. Service at this little restaurant is very professional and the food is amazing. Although I would recommend making reservations at any of the places I’ve listed in this post, I would especially recommend them for Gasthof Krone. This restaurant is well-known and well-loved by people in Waldenbuch. The small dining room was hopping when we ate there, although the service remained serene and the food was sublime.
Lamb chops done right.
Our most recent fancy dining adventure was at Delice last Wednesday. This downtown Stuttgart restaurant is making a lot of waves lately for its unique ambiance and imaginatively prepared cuisine. The dining room is very tiny and you get personal attention from the charming sommelier, Evangelos Pattas, who once worked on the cruise ship MS Europa, regarded by the Berlitz Guide as “the best cruise ship in the world” for twelve years running. Throughout the evening, you will be able to watch Chef Andreas Hettinger work from his open kitchen. We were blown away by his culinary wizardry as much as we were the very charming Pattas, who kept us in excellent spirits with his inspired wine pairings.
Perfect shrimp presented with flair.
Of course there are other wonderful restaurants in the Stuttgart area and Bill and I continue to try them as time and finances permit. These are just a few of the really great food experiences we’ve had in the Stuttgart area and I wanted to share them with others living here and hoping for a very European dining experience. Yes, you’ll spend several hours and plenty of money, but I can truly say that each of these five restaurants have left me dazzled, and not just by the bill! Every time I try one of these five star eateries, I leave having expanded my comfort zone a little bit more. I hope this post whets your appetite for a great dining experience.