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March 2005

Fresh From the Gourmet Scene

Love theater and eating out? Then combine the two, with a trip to Munich’s Haxnbauer restaurant this month. In between each of the four courses, a local theater company will perform an act of “Bambolero,” a comedy, written specifically for a Munich audience, featuring local jokes and characters. The food is also local, and includes a Schwarzbier aperitif, a Brez’n carpaccio, a “Bavarian duet of Schweins- and Kalbshaxe” and a Bayerischer Crème to finish. The show takes place on March 3, 24 and 31 and tickets cost € 59. Call 216 65 40 to book.

Had your fill of Bärlauch (wild garlic) and lemongrass? The two gourmet trends that no hip menu has been without for the past year or so are now on the wane. Yes, another foodie fad is out to take their place—edible flowers. But if you fancy trying this at home, instead of picking a few blooms from the fields and putting yourself at risk of pesticide poisoning, have a look in the food hall in one of Munich’s Kaufhof stores. A selection of untreated petals is now on sale in the food and veg department for € 2.99 a box. A pricey way to smarten up a salad…

For about the same price, diners can enjoy a whole meal at a new Italian restaurant in Schwabing. Pasta e Basta, on the site of what was previously the Irish pub Mulligans, promises “Voller Teller, Halber Preis” (a full plate for half the price) and offers some 20 dishes for € 3.45 or less. (Pasta e Basta, Feilitzschstrasse 23, Tel. 38 99 88 33)

There are more bargains on offer at Wirtshaus zur Brez’n at Leopoldstrasse 72. From March 23 to 30, the bar celebrates its seventh birthday by offering seven dishes for just € 7.77.

The Lenbachhaus restaurant may be themed around the seven sins—but its latest venture will find more appeal among saints. Each weekday, from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, diners can enjoy a “wellfit” lunch, including a wellness dish of the day, a Carpe Diem health drink and an apple, for € 9.

If Asian food is more your thing, how about these two new hot spots? The first, Munich Orient Lounge at Landsbergerstrasse 449, promises the ultimate Eastern chillout. There’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for € 9.90 on Tuesdays, belly dancing on Fridays and cocktails for € 4.50 all night long on Thursdays. Or try Mongos, a Germany-wide chain of “Asian restaurants with a difference,” which opened at Oberangerstrasse 28 last month. The idea is that guests select fresh ingredients from the restaurant’s “food market,” which are then prepared by a chef, topped with the marinade of their choice. For a cute, virtual explanation of how the whole thing works, have a look at the Website,

There are more holy goings-on at one of Munich’s newest Indian restaurants, Sarovar. The name means “holy artificial lake,” which, it has to be said, is a rather odd thing to call a restaurant. Names aside, it’s worth a try. Prepared only with the freshest ingredients and cooked in a genuine Indian Tandor oven, main courses cost between € 10 and € 15. And, what’s more, if there’s nothing on the menu that takes your fancy, the chef will prepare your favorite Indian dish to order. <<<

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