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April 2005

Fresh from the gourmet scene

Holiday time is just around the corner. But for anyone who hasn’t yet planned a trip away and is in need of some dolce vita, Munich airport’s latest bar could be just the tonic. Spazio Italia in area G of Terminal 2 not only offers a full range of Italian drinks and snacks, but also screens Italian news and short films. Let your mind drift…

If your mind is currently on saving money to pay for the said holiday, then head to the newly opened Barschwein bar at Siegesstrasse 19, near Münchner Freiheit. You’ll be pushed to find a cheaper place to buy a round, with beer prices starting at € 1. Admittedly that’s for a 0.2 l glass of Kölsch, but with the bar allowing customers to bring their own food—be it a takeaway or a picnic from home—a cheap night is guaranteed. Go on a Sunday evening and you’ll even get some free entertainment, with jazz starting at 6 pm. See for more details.

Speaking of new bars, a whole host of places have opened their doors in the past few months. One worth hunting for is Eatery (Heimeranstrasse 39), which is fairly well hidden behind the Stadtsparkasse. Opening at 7 am on weekdays, this stylish location offers everything from breakfasts and Sunday seafood brunches, to business lunches and takeaways. Try a Hot Goat (goats’ cheese salad) for € 7.50 or a Stuffed Bunny (rabbit roulade) for € 9.50. See for details.

Another place worth trying is bon valeur at Sonnenstrasse 17, which is a branch of the café in Munich’s Museum für Völkerkunde (Museum of Ethnology). As its name suggests, this new spot offers not only good value (mains range from € 4 to € 8) but also wholesome healthy stuff—the café’s motto, after all, is “you are what you eat.” Try it for breakfast, lunch or a late-night snack.

It seems “all-round” is the flavor of the month. Selig café-bar-restaurant on Hans-Sachs-Strasse also does the breakfast, lunch, dinner, bar thing, with a few special events, such as a “Weisswurst Happening” (your guess is as good as ours!), thrown in for good measure. Keep your eye on the Website for the latest quirky goings-on.

Even nightclubs are realizing they’ve got to offer more than a good DJ to pull the crowds. Munich’s latest party location, Mia, at Herzogspitalstrasse 6, is serving four-course meals before midnight, and snacks afterwards, in its first-floor restaurant. Open Thurs.–Sat., 11 pm–6 am and on Weds. from 6 pm, this place is out to attract the smart crowd, so don’t expect to get in without a spot of effort on the dress front!

For some classy cocktails, there’s only one place to be. Negroni, previously on Innere-Wiener-Strasse, has just opened in bigger premises just round the corner, at Sedanstrasse 9.

There’s been much hype about one of the city’s newest ventures, Thaifoon. Due to open in the second week of April, this Thai restaurant is the brainchild of Wies’n landlord Michael Beck, who has arranged for giant golden statues to be shipped over from the Orient as part of the decor. Located just a few meters away from the Frauenkirche, it’s probably as close to Munich’s Catholic heart as Buddha will ever get…

And while we’re on all things eastern, check out Ksara, a Lebanese restaurant at Haimhauserstrasse 7. This place is worth visiting for its selection of Lebanese wines alone, which connoisseurs rate as some of the best in the world. Sit back and be surprised! <<<

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