“You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town”
So Christmas came early this year, both the snow as well as the invite to join two of my best friends for a pre-Christmas lunch at our beloved Schloss Berg. Jörgen had not been here since he celebrated his 50th birthday here a good 4 years ago. And of course the development of Christian Bau has only just begun it seems.
Expectations were sky high and the dull cold weather and the boring Riesling we had in the neighbouring hotel, did not spoil our moods.
The beautiful Schloss Berg
Schloss Berg had decided to open the doors for Friday lunches during the month of December this year and with a Duck theme to fit the season we were ready to meet Santa. It was good to see Daniel Kiowski – the best sommelier I have ever met, and I met a few – and Steffi, the prettiest waitress in Germany – among others familiar faces.
The two elderly gentlemen awaiting the amuses…
Good friend Jörgen…
and good friend Torben.
What then follows is among the best range of amuses you will ever find in any restaurant. I dare you. I double dare you….”Kulinarische Einstimmungen” for sure.
A classic by now, this time with a creme of smoked eel in the cornet.
I loved the grilled avocado – this amuse was amazing (if not overly winterly !)…
The fois gras creme with parmesan…
Also a classic with bits of truffels – LOVE IT.
The crust and quality of this bread is so good…..and also the Foccacia (not on the picture) – one can say that the bread alone is worth a visit….
So, having enjoyed all this – a first moment of being happy and impressed occured. Jörgen with his usual dry humour claimed that until now he had nothing to complain about. It is really amazing, both the number of amuses but also each single one of them are justified and still not taking the focus off the menu. And what I like is that some of these amuses you will be happy to find again on your next visit, and some have been replaced.
So – the menu as such was ready to begin….
Fois Gras from Alsace
The fois gras being matched with raw langoustines, green apple and smoked almonds. A great dish. As good as it gets.
With a chinese touch, the “Dim Sum” lovely the bouillon of course very tasty and powerful with a hint of asian spices I think.
Great dish, nothing to complain about here. The sheer quality of the oyster on top…the citrus and the cauliflower.
Duck Supreme “Mieral”
I guess you can tell by looking at the picture that everything on this plate was cooked to perfection. Top of the pops.
Time for sweets….not that we were hungry at this point…but also not overly full. The lightness of the dishes makes you cope “with all this food”.
Chocolate and Banana
One of my all time favourites from the kitchen. Their updated Banana split is so so good.
This little crunchy thing was a bit like your breakfast serial….Jörgen was really impressed by now. And just when he thought the dinner and the amusement was over, this little devil made him smile just one more time.
And it was over and out for these fat Danes.
As you can tell, I was as always, and we were as always, mighty impressed. And it is hard not to be, The wines that Daniel found for us, included a GREAT crispy 2011 Silvaner from Rheinhessen, a 1999 Riesling Auslese from Saar, A 2009 Meursault from Louis Jadot, A 1998 Chateau de Fieuzal, and a Beerenauslese from 2006. His confidence, his style, his calmness. Daniel I love you.
And Christian Bau, once again – we thank you and your team for the outstanding level of the dishes, service and ambience. Nothing is left to coincidence, and nothing can be done better. Duck not being my favourite product, I must say that still you managed to impress me and us. And Jörgen has already asked when we are going back.
Rock on Christian Bau – wishing you and your dear ones and all the team at Schloss Berg a wonderful Christmas, see you in 2013
My rating for this as all other Schloss Berg visit. As good as it gets, like a Christmas evening – top of the pops.
And if you are not in the Christmas mood, then check Bruce out on the link below….