Friday, June 26, 2009

Restaurant Goldenes Rad, Friedrichshafen, Germany

We were on holiday in Friedrichshafen, Germany and this restaurant came highly recommended on the Friedrichshafen official website.

The Goldenes Rad is the only restaurant in Friedrichshafen to be featured in the gourmet bible Gault Millau 2009 and was awarded 14 points and a chefs hat. It is located in the Best Western Hotel Goldenes Rad. This restaurant specialises in fish / seafood and regional specialties and boasts a selected wine menu. Fresh produce from the region are used (so, menu may differ from time to time) and they are mostly bio-cultivated (this is big in Germany).

Just briefly on Gault Millau - it is one of the most influential French restaurant guides and is rated on a scale of 1 to 20 (20 being the highest). The points are awarded strictly based on quality of food ONLY. To read more on Gault Millau, click here.

The maitre'd was very polite and spoke good English. He recommended the gourmet menu to us, which I instantly said yes to since it had my favorite, lamb and scallops. Bro and Hubby went for the same, plus the wine menu that came with it.

First up was the amuse bouche, which was seared tuna. I like the texture of the tuna and it was still pink in the middle :-) The sprinkles you see on the plate are dried flower petals, which was more for presentation than taste.

For starters, we were served goats cheese fritters with thyme honey on a rocket salad in fig mustard dressing. The goats cheese fritters was really nice. Because it is lightly fried, it is crunchy on the outside but still very soft in the inside. Delicious! (Wine served with this dish: 2007 Sauvignon Blanc Weingut Aufricht, Meersburg - local wine)

Our second starter or "fish" dish is fried scallops on Mediterranean vegetables salad and basilpesto (what the menu called it). I really looked forward to this dish and happy to say, it tasted lovely! A thick piece of scallop lightly grilled and placed on top of what tasted like ratatouille to me. I sometimes wish restaurants wouldn't be so stingy with the scallops! I want more. (Wine: 2006 Pinot Gris Bodega Lurton, Argentina)

Next, our main course - saddle of lamb in a herb crust with green beans, thyme sauce and gnocchi. Sadly, this was my least favorite dish of the night. The lamb was actually cooked really nice but I really disliked the herb crust, which was way too overpowering for the dish. (Wine: 2004 Rioja Crianza El Meson, Spain)

Finally, for dessert, three types of homemade sorbet. Very refreshing - I liked the mango flavour the best! (Dessert wine: Prosecco Spumante Sacchetto, Italy)

Opening hours: Mon - Sat 1200-1400 (lunch) and 1800 - 2130 (dinner). Closed on Sundays.

Comfort: Very cosy. Decor mainly consisted of vintage wine or champagne bottles.

Service: Very good.

Price: €45 for gourmet menu (without wine) plus another €20 for wine. Fine dining.

Food: 4/5. I liked all the dishes except for the lamb.

Location: Restaurant Goldenes Rad, Best Western Hotel Goldenes Rad, Karlstrasse 43, 88045 Friedrichshafen, Germany.


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