Atelier – excellent intimacy
Housed inside the famous Bayerischer Hof Hotel in the centre of Munich, Atelier has become one of Germany’s culinary icons. The Bayerischer Hof is located on the Promenadeplatz in the heart of Munich, with all major sights of the city within in walking distance. The hotel is more than just a hotel: it is a true destination on its own, with five restaurants, six bars, a cinema, a shopping area, a spa, and a business center. For more information about this great hotel, please consult our separate article.
The hotel dates back to 1841 and today tradition is blended with modernity, art and luxury. And those elements are also part of the Atelier experience. The restaurant is tucked away at the backside of the hotel and guests enter the dining room through a cosy round bar. A perfect spot to start or end a meal, with a glass of Champagne or wine. The rectangular dining room is very atmospheric and has a very unique design. This is the brainchild of Belgian artist Axel Vervoordt and it combines a luxurious, intimate atmosphere with the playful flair of an artist’s atelier. The staff is dressed in cloaks that also refer to the Atelier concept. At the backside of the dining room, there’s a cosy private dining room and a ‘silent garden’ terrace nested in Amur maple.
In the kitchen, talented chef Jan Hartwig waves the culinary sceptre. The chef was born in 1982 and has already achieved to reach the top of the culinary world. Jan Hartwig gained experience at several great restaurants in Germany and worked together with three Michelin star chefs Christian Jürgens and Sven Elverfeld at Aqua. In 2014, Jan started working at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich. The same year, Atelier got his first Michelin star and Jan was crowned as “Newcomer of the Year” 2014 by the FAZ. In November 2015, the second Michelin star followed tougher with 18 Gault&Millau points. In 2017, the team achieved to get the third star.
In his cuisine, Jan Hartwig uses a base of regional and seasonal products. His dishes are not too heavy, avoiding unnecessary elements and always with a focus on superior products. They are creative on a mature and structured way. A good example is the starter of superior scallop, grilled over Binchotan, combined with sushi rice ‘Risotto Style’, Gai Lan and a sauce made of scallop roe. As a main course we tasted one of the best pieces of lamb ever: saddle of lamb from Polting Estate, completed with polenta, goat’s milk vacherin, beets, Don Bocarte anchovies, and a jus of citrus & pistou. Christian Hümbs is the pastry chef at Atelier and does a remarkable job combining herbs with fruits and other sweet accents, like in the dessert with banana, parsley, ginger and sourdough.
In the service, charming restaurant manager Barbara Englbrecht leads a stylish team that succeeds in making the guests feel at home while maintaining the highest levels of service. Sommelier Jochen Benz blends in naturally in the Atelier environment and offers an extensive wine list as well as excellent wine pairings to pair the chef’s dishes.
Atelier in Munich definitely is one of Germany’s best and most unique restaurants. Located inside the famous Bayerischer Hof, the restaurants boasts a beautiful interior that is, just like the clothing of the staff, totally in line with the philosophy of an artist’s atelier. In his Atelier, Chef Jan Hartwig presents a punctual cuisine that is German at heart but integrates the best elements from other cuisines. Creativity is combined with a focus on amazing products, resulting in a simply delicious dining experience.
Atelier scored 89 points of 100 points in our rating system. View our Top 60 of the world. Back to the reviews.
By Sven & Frank
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