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Sep 15th, 2007, 06:54 AM
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Dresden Restaurants

For my upcoming visit to Dresden, I have noted a number of restaurants in the Michelin list and hoped that our Dresden experts might supply a word or two of critical comment on the ones they have experienced. I previously have noted with thanks Ingo's suggestions so there is no need to duplicate. Here's the list:

Intermezzo
Taschenberg 3 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Alte Meister
Theaterplatz 1a D - 01067 DRESDEN

Italienisches Dörfchen
Theaterplatz 3 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Wein- und Kurfürstenzimmer
Theaterplatz 3 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Bellotto
Theaterplatz 3 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Maritim
Devrientstr. 10 D - 01067 Dresden

Wettiner Keller
An der Frauenkirche 5 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Rossini
An der Frauenkirche 5 D - 01067 DRESDEN

Caroussel
Rähnitzgasse 19 D - 01097 DRESDEN

Many thanks. Gradyghost
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Sep 15th, 2007, 07:03 AM
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I apologize for not mentioning J62 in my immediately preceeding post. He has been very helpful as well. Gradyghost
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Sep 15th, 2007, 02:10 PM
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Hi gradyghost!

I can highly recommend the 'Intermezzo', but also it's less expensive version called 'Bistro' in the same hotel.

Alte Meister - one of my favourites before or after opera. Casual over the day (and good), very good and romantic for dinner. Had Lotte de Mer and Creme brulee for dessert on my latest visit and it was out of this world!

'Bellotto' and 'Wein- und Kurfürstenzimmer' are located in the 'Italienisches Dörfchen'. Hm. Quite touristy. Not my first recommendation anymore. The Bellotto is upstairs and if you can get a seat on their small terrace you'll have a terrific view of the Theaterplatz square with Opera house, Royal Palace, Catholic Cathedral etc. and that alone is worth the experience.

Maritim - no idea. The hotel opened not too long ago. It's a convention/congress hotel so you know what crowd to expect. Can be good, but I don't know.

Avoid Wettiner Keller! It's a sort of wine bar - have a glass of local wine there plus a snack, but don't have a full meal. Our latest experience was devastating.

Rossini - one of the best Italian restaurants in Dresden, in the Hilton hotel.

Caroussel - still considered Dresden's best restaurant (as long as 'Bean & Beluga' is not rated yet).

You remember I plan to have business lunch at 'Bean & Beluga', don't you? I'll keep you updated.

Another excellent restaurant is the 'Weber' in the Radisson SAS Gewandhaus hotel.

What I really miss on the list is Mario Pattis' restaurant. It's located in the outskirts, though.

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Sep 15th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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hi, ingo,

bookmarking for next year I hope, though the trip may get postponed to 2009 or altered in order to avoid the 2008 european cup - I don't fancy Vienna invaded by a load of football fans. [yes, i know that Dresden in no-where near Austria, but we need to look at the itinerary again if we're missing out Vienna].

your info is as ever invaluable. When's the book coming out???

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Sep 15th, 2007, 04:44 PM
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I had a very nice Sunday lunch last year at Paulaner's im Taschenberg Palais. €10.



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Sep 15th, 2007, 05:43 PM
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On the strength of prior recommendations by Ingo and J62, I have made reservations for dinner at Schmidt's, Bean & Beluga, and La Casina Rosa. The latter is on the evening that we arrive back in Dresden from a side trip to Leipzig so casual is the word. On our last evening, we are planning to have a drink at Luisenhof. The other restaurants on my list should be interesting for lunch inasmuch as we will be at the Taschenbergpalais. Thanks for the help. Gradyghost
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Sep 16th, 2007, 04:56 AM
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gradyghost - as much as I like La Casina Rosa, but if it is planned for the evening when you come back from a side trip to Leipzig then I recommend you'd better stay in the neighbourhood of your hotel. Parking is a hassle near La Casina Rosa - you'd need to go there by public transportation. Why not trying the Bistro in the Taschenbergpalais? Or even the Paulaner's that hopscotch mentioned? It's Bavarian food, though, but very good and casual.

Luisenhof is an excellent idea for a drink. They also have delicious desserts ... tempting

Another idea for lunch is the 'Radeberger Spezialitätenausschank' right on Brühl's Terrace. Good local food and a special local beer called 'Zwickel'. It tastes somewhat like a Wheat beer (it's not filtered).

annhig - sorry to hear you'll possibly postpone the trip. But you'll find everything to be even nicer in 2009. I understand about the soccer hords ...

I'll let you know when the book is available, LOL!

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gradyghost - I didn't forget I promised to review Stefan Hermann's restaurant Bean &Beluga. Have been there yesterday for lunch (sorry, no time for dinner) and here comes the review:

I start with a description of the place - the waitress showed me around after the meal. On the first floor you find the small reception area, a food store (where they sell excellent self-made food, wine, olive oil, cheese and ham from Italy/France) and the so called 'Tagesbar' which is open 11 am - 11 pm. This is where I had lunch - the gourmet restaurant upstairs is only open for dinner. When reaching the upper floor turn left and you can see through small windows into the kitchen. To the right is a small lobby with armchairs where you can have an aperitif before your meal (two fireplaces). To the left and right of the lobby are the respective two gourmet restaurant dining rooms located.

The interior design is modern (white walls) but not minimalistic 'cold' (particularly upstairs) so I felt welcome. Their best table (for 3-4 persons) is in the dining room to the left, half separated in a sort of 'loggia', with nice view of the residential neighbourhood.

I started with a glass of champagne and ordered mineral water sans gas. The waitress then brought a variety of bread - excellent, one with olives inside, one with tomato pieces, the other with paprika - dip was a very good olive oil from Mallorca. I had the 2-course lunch menu of the day: first a <tatar> of tuna with purée of avocado-mango. It came beautifully arranged with a variety of green salad (many different flavours). It was spectacular. Main course was <glaciert> duck breast slices with edible boletuses (?) and 'Schupfnudeln' (sort of pasta from southwest Germany). Absolutely fantastic. I had a glass of Bordeaux from Medoc which was surprisingly good (much fruit flavour) for only 4.50 Euro with the main course. Included in the lunch menu was an espresso (doppio if you want) which I had with a dessert: Gugelhupf (fluffy pastry - similar to the tiramisu - in a small cup filled with chocolate) with strawberries. It was to die for!

The service was very competent, friendly but not obtrusive, quick, and not snobby at all. If you look for excellent food - and cost is not *that* big issue - and prefer a more down-to-earth ambience then this is the place to go. On the other hand, I know people who *love* the Baroque ambience and the sometimes quite arrogant waiting staff at gourmet restaurants - these crowds better stay away from this place and when in Dresden choose the restaurant 'Caroussel' in the Bülow Residenz instead.

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Sep 23rd, 2007, 06:07 AM
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Thanks to all who posted. We've printed these out for our trip to Dresden. Interesting to see the city has such a thriving and well regarded hotel restaurant scene, including one at the Radisson, where we plan to stay.
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Sep 23rd, 2007, 07:28 AM
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hi, BTilke,

interested that you're staying at the radisson in Dresden. we were thinking of that too. I'd be keen to have any feedback.

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Sep 23rd, 2007, 07:42 AM
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We honed in on that one because it's supposed to be very good and seems elegant but not too stuffy or OTT expensive. And is dog friendly.
We tried to fit it in last year, but everything was booked up for our travel dates. We don't know yet whether we'll be able to go in December (my preference) or will have to wait til late spring.
We plan to spend at least six nights in the hotel, so we want it to be a good one.
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Sep 23rd, 2007, 10:32 AM
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I wished I had known that Dresden has Michelin star restaurants. I hope you all do a restaurant report when you get back.

I have to say that Paulaner is an outstanding traditional Bavarian stuebe, to me it's better than most in Munich (don't mention this to our Munich Fodorite). The low key,relaxed interior has a wonderful cosy feel to it plus the waitresses are super friendly with their service. It's great for lunch or afternoon jet lag hunger. I have been there 3 different times because I miss Bavarian food when I'm in Northern Germany.
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Sep 23rd, 2007, 11:28 AM
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Dax, what specifically do you miss from Bavaria when you're up north? I love German cooking, but am not a huge fan of traditional Bavarian food. I do like Nurembergers, but think of those as Franconian not (southern) Bavarian.
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Sep 23rd, 2007, 06:08 PM
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karen has run to the cookbooks for our dinners with ingo next month...seems franks and beans will not be a good introduction to usa cooking...
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Btilke: I didn't go to Bavaria for quite a few years and the one thing I craved the most was a simple crispy Schweinehaxen and Eisbein. Paulaner in Dresden did serve a good version in fact when I finally got to Munich again this past August I was totally disappointed with those I got in the traditional venues in Munich.

I just have to have my basic comfort food at least once when I go to certain regions. I seek out a good labskaus with rollmops when I am in Hamburg/Bremen or mussels with a good belgian beer when in Brussels. I just had my ultimate Tafelspitz fix at Plachutta in Vienna earlier this month. I think therefore I eat.
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From my journal:
"At Paulaner's im Taschenberg Palais: sechs Nürnberger Rostbratwürstchen mit Sauerkraut Meerrettich, und sußen Senf, and 0,5 liter Hefenweißbier naturtrüb. Came with a basket of bread and a big glob of horseradish sauce. That horseradish set my nose on fire. Wow. Germans go out for midday dinner on Sunday. They are dressed up. Most are older. This is a very pleasant ambience, even without background music. Suddenly there is music, a polka. A guy two tables over gets up and looks at his hand and then puts his hand to his ear. He immediately went to the toilet."

Of course you know that the polka came from a cell phone, known as a "mobile" over there. It seems that everybody has a goofy or unique ring tone so they don't have to reach for their phone when one goes off, which they do all the time everywhere.

There is a very nice shop in the hotel corridor with a limited selection of local wines.

Later I went over to the Bistro Eck Frauenkirk in the Hilton for coffee and a cigar. I passed the painted wall. The stately Frauenkirk has been rebuilt. When I last saw it in 1991 it was a crumbled mess with trees growing out of it's bowels. The whole city was a mess at that time but it is really coming up.

My total price at the Paulaner cost less than the tip at a Michelin star place, but I had a great lunch surrounded by locals and served by beautiful young women with no pretentions. I'll be back.

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Sep 24th, 2007, 04:27 AM
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Oh Dax, just thinking about schweinhaxen makes me queasy. But if you like it, enjoy!

DW's Discover Germany show this month featured a Chinese tour group doing 11 countries in 12 days. Their whirl through Germany featured a Rhine cruise and they were served schweinhaxen as one of their two European meals (the rest of the time they ate at Chinese restaurants). Their verdict: one portion was enough to feed the whole family back home and it tasted ok as long as it was slathered with lashings from the jars of hot chili sauce they'd all brought along.

And, going back to Dresden, the same program featured a very interesting segment about the little known but high quality wineries fairly close to the city along the Elbe. Gradyghost, you might want to check out one or two. They've been added to our list of things to do when we're in the area. We're very fond of the better German and Austrian wines, so we definitely want to sample the wines from this region.
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That's how I feel about the haxen I had in Munich,I barely ate it, I think it's my last haxen for a long time. Hopscotch got it right about Paulaner. I think the pleasant atmosphere and great service actually made the food tasted so much better at Paulaner.

I wished we had time to tour the wineries along the Elbe because I was introduced to Schloss Prostschwitz in Dresden and was quite impressed with the quality. I ended up taking home a few bottles in my suitcase. I think it's their Weissburgunder that's really good, but the rest are also decent. Now Austrian wine however is another animal. Hopefully you can get the special ones in the Michelin star restaurants. If you can see it you should try Opus Eximium Cuvee from Gesellmann(Deutschkreuz). It's an intense balanced wine for 21 euro(x3.5 in the restaurant because they are hard to get). I carried a whole case of Austrian wine plus 3 magnums with me. They are rare beautiful wines that I can never buy in the US. I wished I could carry more. I envy your upcoming trip to Dresden hopefully you all write a report on the restaurants so I can enjoy it on my next visit.
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Topping an old(ish) thread just to give some reviews to restaurants I tried during my recent four-week stay in Dresden. Full-blown trip report coming soon...

Although I had the time to try many restaurants, I ended up going back over and over to a few favourites. They were:

Winzerstube zum Rebstock: http://www.winzerstube-zum-rebstock.de/ In the inner Neustradt. An easy 15 min walk from my aparthotel overlooking the Frauenkirche. Always full. Reservations essential. Very good fish dishes and excellent Saxon wine choices. Drawback: they offered only one dessert option, great if you like it, not so great if you don't. Very moderately priced.

Villandry: http://www.villandry.de/ Also in the Neustadt, a short walk from the Louisenstrasse stop on trams 7 or 8. More expensive than Winzerstube, but a more "serious" restaurant. (And still quite moderate compared to Swiss prices!)

If I could only eat at two restaurants in Dresden, those would be my pick.

In the Frauenkirche/Zwinger neighbourhood:

Coselpalais. I went to the Coselpalais several times, but mostly around 2:30 pm for coffee and pastry. Occasionally I had their game consomme soup with a glass of red Saxon wine. Very pretty any time of year, but especially nice around Christmas. OK for dinner, but I preferred it just for afternoon calorie indulgences. Reservations needed for dinner; for pastries and coffee, 2 to 3 pm is the best time to just drop in. http://www.coselpalais-dresden.de/

Kurfürstenschänke: Another attractive place with reservations needed during (at least during Christmas market season). http://www.kurfuerstenhof-dresden.de/en/menu.html I ate here several times for one dish only: the trout with almond crust. Delicious. (unfortunately, the accompanying root vegetables were pretty tasteless, but I did love that trout dish). I had the wild salmon once and it was disappointing - way too salty.

For fast food, I ended getting takeaway a lot from the Asian place in the belowground level of the QF shopping center next to the Frauenkirche. Cheap and pretty good. I ate pork all of three times during my stay in Dresden - and two of those meals were the schnitzel with roasted veggies at the Marche restaurant in the main train station. Surprisingly ok and I got to choose my sides (veggies rather than potatoes).

I ate at some other places as well and those will go in the trip report. One final note, drink as much Saxon wine and beer as you can!! Soooooo good. I'm now a huge Goldriesling fan.
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hi Foboto,

interesting. we too ended up eating in the Neustadt on our one night in Dresden, but in a Thai restaurant, which we enjoyed a lot. Very good and quite reasonable.


we came across the Marche restaurants on the motorway - wish we'd got something like that at our railway stations and on the roads, instead of the appalling muck that is usually on offer.
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