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  Wild Boar with Red Cabbage & Dumplings
by Weissdorn

To find really good German restaurants, you have to get out of the city into the country. Sometimes even the subburbs. This is where you can find German restaurants with one or two Michelin stars. I suppose I will have to make a traveloge on typical dishes.
Common in German restaurants is that:

Although they do take reservations, there is no waiting in a lounge or bar.

The restaurant menu must appear by law outside the restaurant, so that guests can decide if they would like to go in or not.

You usually do not get the table for yourselves if room is still available and it's crowded. In this case, if you spy two chairs available in a restaurant you can ask, "Ist hier noch frei?" and if they nod, you can sit down next to the people already seated at a table.

Waiters / waitresses do not interrupt your meal with questions, like "Is everything all right?" They assume that if you want them you will call them.

The waiter/waitress will ask you what you would like to drink before you order. Germans always order at least twice.

If you want water, you have to order it, and it costs extra. If you order water they will almost always bring you soda, unless you ask for "Wasser ohne Gas".

The tip and taxes are included by law in the menu prices, but it is customary to round the price up, e.g. if the price was 37,50 ? then most people say 40 ?. You are not obligated to tip, and these days many Germans don't tip anymore out of protest - the gastronomy prices have increased 110% since Germany switched over to the Euro.

There is no such thing as a non-smoking section in the restaurant.

You cannot pay for meals with your credit card in most restaurants, so visit the ATM before you go.

You can eat at the bar if you like.

Often there is no children's menu, but most restaurants will accommodate a child's portion.

Favorite Dish: If you have preferences, voice them definately when placing your order, e.g. "do not cook my food in Butter", or "I have a plane to catch in two hours", etc. If they do it anyway, and you ask them to correct this, and they still don't do it right, you do not have to pay for the meal if you do not eat it, in this case.

My favorite dishes to order in German Restaurants:

Ochsenbrust mit Meerrettichsoße
Oxen Breast in Horseradish Sauce
Wildschweinbraten mit Blaukraut und Preiselbeersoßen
Wild Boar with Red Cabbage and Cranberry Sauce
Grüne Soße mit Eier und Kartoffeln
Herbal Green Sauce with quartered Eggs and boiled potatoes
Rheinischer Sauerbraten mit Semmelknödel
Marinated Wine Roast à la Rhine with Stuffing
Rhöner Hasenbraten mit Kartoffeln-Äpfel
Roast Hare à la Rhön with baked potatoes and apples
Rindsrouladen mit Kartoffelpuree
Stuffed Filet Rolls with mash potatoes
Kalbsleber mit Salbei-Wein-Soße
Sauteed calve's liver with sage wine sauce

Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Price: US$31-40
Rating: 0
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 13, 2003
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