Jun 252017
 

A piece of Italy in the heart of Kempen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Taglierini with black truffles and parmesan cheese

Osteria Campunni is an authentic Italian restaurant in the Altstadt in Kempen.  The Siani family prepares excellent Italian cuisine with great service and a fine selection of Italian wines.  I really like their pasta dishes.  One of my favorites is the Taglierini with Black Truffles and Parmesan cheese.  Buonissimo!

They offer a large selection of pizzas with a variety of toppings which are also very good.  One of my favorites is Pizza Andrea which is topped with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced potatoes and zucchini, tunafish, shallots, parmesan cheese and garlic.  Now that’s a delicious pizza!  I often order the “Insalata Mista”  as a starter.  Their salads are very tasty,

 

Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream

made with the freshest ingredients and topped with a nice vinaigrette dressing.

The last time I was there, I had a beautiful fish dish, Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream.  Wow – now that was really good.

 

They offer a nice selection of wines to compliment your meal with many of the wines coming from the Puglia region in Italy.  I can recommend a bottle of Otre if you’re looking for a nice Primitivo from Puglia.  And if you still have room for something sweet, they have a very nice dessert menu.  Try the Panna Cotta, the Zabaione or the Tiramisu.  Finish off your meal with an aperitif such as Grappa, Limoncello or Averna.  Then you’ll be certain to be “Tutto bene!”

Osteria Campunni is one of my favorite restaurants in Kempen and one of my all time favorite Italian restaurants.  I highly recommend that you give them a try if you are looking for a very authentic Italian restaurant experience.  Reservations are recommended.

Pizza Andrea

Osteria Campunni
Kirchstrasse 6
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 89 69 59
Website: www.osteria-campunni.de
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 202016
 

I wanted to do another post on this restaurant because we enjoy going there so much.  It’s often a place where we meet friends for a drink and to socialise after a long day at the office.  We often end up eating here because the atmosphere is so warm and friendly, and because the food is wonderful.

One night after meeting some friends we decided to have dinner together.  My friend suggested that we share a Tomahawk steak.  I was hungry for a steak and I had been wanting to try the Tomahawk steak for some time; so I decided tonight was the night.  Wow am I glad I did.  It was a very delicious steak, cooked to perfection and with a great presentation.  Paired with a glass of red wine and sides of seasonal vegetables and potatoes – now that’s a meal.

Let professional Chefs Patricia Schmidt and Sascha Terhorst tantalise your palette with their creative and ever changing menu.  There are always a few staples on the menu – the entrees that people really enjoy and regularly order; but I really like that they update their menu on a regular basis.  That’s what keeps me coming back – to see what is new and interesting and tasty and delicious!

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Tomahawk Steak at restaurant Das Ercklentz

Das Ercklentz
Judenstrasse 8
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 54465
Website: www.das-ercklentz.de
 
 
 

 
Other creations from the restaurant Das Ercklentz:
 
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Roasted Scottish lamb with mediterranean vegetables

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Grilled salmon with sesame seeds over rice

 

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Fresh grilled cod with Fall vegetables over shallot mashed potatoes

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Feb 162015
 

I have the good fortune to be working in the area near Düsseldorf, Germany and I found this wonderful restaurant in the town of Kempen.  Das Ercklentz is a culinary jewel in the middle of the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.  We were walking down the street one night and we decided to have a look at the menu outside the restaurant.  My wife noticed right away that the restaurant offered some vegan choices so we decided to go in and give it a try.  Fabulous!

Ercklentz_SauerbratenOne of my favorite German dishes is Sauerbraten and they make a really good “niederrheinischer” Sauerbraten complete with Red Cabbage (Rotkohl) and potato dumplings (Kartoffelklöse).  I was in my element: my favorite German meal in a lovely restaurant with great service, a nice glass of wine and my wife by my side.

My wife had the Celery (Sellerie) Schnitzel served on a bed of mashed potatoes and endive (Endivienuntereinander).  Wow – what a great dish.  I was able to get a taste before my wife cleaned her plate and it was really good.  Ercklentz_Celery_Schnitzel

If you ever get the chance to visit Düsseldorf, do take the time to drive out to Kempen and enjoy a meal at Das Ercklentz.  I hope you are as charmed by this lovely town and this great restaurant as I was.  Chefs Patrizia, Sascha and Uwe will deliver a great dining experience for you in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  Enjoy!

 
Das Ercklentz
Judenstrasse 8
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 54465
Website: www.das-ercklentz.de

 

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Oct 192013
 

Lucky-LeekAre you considering making the change to a vegan diet? Are you looking for a gourmet vegan restaurant in Berlin? Then go to Lucky Leek in Prenzlauerberg.

Lucky Leek is located on the very fashionable Kolwitzstrasse, a short walk from the Senefelder Platz U-Bahnhof. The restaurant offers a very elegant and pleasant atmosphere. I really like their menu. In two pages you can see what is being offered by the chef for the day. On one side you have the à la carte menu and on the other the chef’s menu which offers a complete five course dinner. Optionally you can add the recommended wine pairings with each course. You can also select only the courses you would like from the chef’s menu, so you have a lot of flexibility in your dinner options.

We chose the chef’s menu with the wine pairings. They have a very good wine list if you would like to select something yourself. The timing and presentation of each course was absolutely perfect and the wine pairings were simply outstanding. I can’t remember when I’ve had a more pleasant dining experience. Reservations recommended.

Lucky Leek
Kollwitzstrasse 54
10405 Berlin-Prenzlauerberg
Tel: +49 30 66 40 87 10
E-Mail: kontakt@lucky-leek.com
Reservations: booking@lucky-leek.com
Website: http://lucky-leek.de

 

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Feb 262013
 

Zula Hummus CafeOne of the annual events that we really enjoy in Berlin is the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival). Each year my wife arranges to get tickets to one or two movies at the Culinary Cinema. Yes that’s right, the Culinary Cinema. This has been part of the Berlinale since 2006. This year one of the movies we saw was entitled, “Make Hummus not War.” It is a great movie and I recommend that you see it when it comes out in theaters. Anyway as you might have guessed the star of the movie is: Hummus!

After we saw the movie, my wife and I went on a search for the best hummus restaurant in Berlin and we found it. The Zula Hummus Cafe is located in Prenzlauer Berg at Husemannstrasse 10. It is a very intimate restaurant that serves the finest hummus in Berlin. I like the traditional hummus platter served with hard boiled egg and pine nuts. It comes with a basket of pita bread so you have swipe your way to hummus heaven. You don’t need a fork or spoon to enjoy hummus. All you need is some pita bread. Yummy!

They have several variations on their basic hummus platter, each with more ingredients and toppings. Their hummus platters are served with sides of their special garlic lemon juice, hot chillies, pickles, olives, and onions. You can add as little or as much of these as you like. Their hummus is creamy smooth and so delicious. It is made according to their own special recipe.

We’ve already been back a second time and once again enjoyed another wonderful hummus meal. If you’re looking for authentic hummus, then I recommend you go to the Zula Hummus Cafe in Berlin.

Zula Hummus Cafe
Husemannstraße 10
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Telephone: 49 (0)30-417 15 100

On the web at: http://zulaberlin.com

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Feb 202013
 

Here’s an intimate French restaurant near Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin that I think is fabulous. Please be sure to make a reservation as this little gem of a restaurant is normally fully booked. Once you have experienced the charming ambiance, the gourmet food and the superb wines you will understand why.

They offer a variety of two, three, and four course menus or you can choose to order à la carte. Their menus change regularly, which is something I like to see, as this keeps the dining experience fresh. They keep a few typical French favorites on the menu for the traditionalists, but they always have a few of the chef’s special creations to keep it interesting. I think the Entrecôte is wonderful and one of the best tasting steaks in the city. Pair it with a glass of Côtes du Rhône and you have a delicious meal.  And for those of you with a sweet tooth, I can recommend the Crème brûlée.

Their friendly staff will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable. Check out their website for more information.

Restaurant Le Piaf
Schloßstraße 60
14059 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 342 20 40
Website: http://le-piaf.de

 

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Dec 262012
 
Chez Bruno French Feinkost

Chez Bruno French Feinkost

I enjoy a good wine with my meal and so I pass this information on to those of you who also enjoy wine, specifically French wine.  There is a lovely French Feinkost (delicatessen) in Berlin-Zehlendorf called Chez Bruno where you will find an extensive selection of French wines, spirits, cheeses and other delicacies.

Sometimes I need a little help in selecting the right wine(s) to go with my meal; as we all do from time to time.  Talk to Bruno, tell him what you are preparing and a little bit about what you are looking for and he will provide you with the perfect wine pairing(s) for your meal.

If you’re an oyster lover, be sure to stop by towards the end of the week, when they have French oysters available.  Yummy! Chez Bruno is my destination for French wine in Berlin!

More information is available on their website: http://www.chez-bruno.de/hp/

 
 
 
 
Chez Bruno
Berliner Strasse 31
14169 Berlin
Telephone: 49 (0)30 80 90 78 04

 

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Sep 232012
 

If you are looking for an outstanding German restaurant in the southwest part of Berlin, I highly recommend Fabecks restaurant.  Traditional German dishes with a great selection of German beers and wines combined with super service and ambiance make for a unforgettable dining experience.

Fabecks offers a daily menu (die Tageskarte) with a fresh selection of appetizers, soups, main dishes and desserts.  I particularly like their selection of fine German beers.  I’m especially fond of the Tegernseer dunkel.  Prost!

I enjoyed a meal of Veal Goulash with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes.  It was a delicious meal. The Sauerkraut was mixed in with the gravy.  Wow, it was really good.

When you are looking for a German restaurant in the area of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, be sure to make a reservation at Fabecks.

Gasthaus Fabecks
Altensteinstraße 42 / Ecke Fabeckstraße
14195 Berlin
Telephone:+49 (0)30-26 07 97 67
Website: http://www.fabecks.de/

 

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Jun 242012
 

I had a friend ask me the other day if there were any good German restaurants in Berlin.  Sure – there are lots of good German kitchen restaurants in Berlin.  Here’s one of my favorites – Lutter & Wegner am Gendarmenmarkt.

I love German food so when I go to Lutter & Wegner I am always delighted by their well known German specialties.  I am a big fan of their award winning Sauerbraten served with Semiknudel and red Cabbage.  This is a delicious and hearty German meal.

They a great selection of German and Austrian wines.  Please ask your server for recommendations to pair with your meal.  They will give you a recommendation that pleases your pallate and fits your budget.  The servers are very attentive and will go out of their way to make your experience at Lutter & Wegner both pleasurable and memorable.

The restaurant is located on the Gendarmenmarkt, which is one of the most beautiful and historic spots in Berlin-Mitte.  Reservations are recommended.

Check out their website: http://www.l-w-berlin.de/

Lutter & Wegner am Gendarmenmarkt
Charlottenstraße 56
10117 Berlin
Telephone: 49 30 20 29 54 15

 

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Mar 032012
 

Ital. Eis FaldonYou know that Spring has arrived in Berlin, Germany when Ital. Eis Faldon opens.  They took the paper off the windows yesterday and today they opened for business.  It’s a beautiful day to go for a walk around Krumme Lanke or Schlachtensee and then head back to Ital. Eis Faldon for a tasty and refreshing gelato treat.

If you enjoy gelato, you owe it to yourself to try one of their many homemade flavors of gelato in a cup or a cone.  As we say in German – lecker!

 
 
Ital. Eis Faldon
Fischerhüttenstraße 83 A
14163 Berlin-Zehlendorf
Telephone: 49 (0)30 744 9816

 

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