There are many “best-kept secrets” around the world, and we have a gem right here, in the historic city of Munich. Housed in a modest stone building, in an unassuming suburb, lies Tantris. Not only is it revered as one of Germany’s best restaurants, but one of the best in the world. Tourists and business travelers alike consider it as one of their favorite culinary treats. Not only that, but the restaurant has earned its two Michelin stars each year, since 1974, which is no easy feat. It seems as if the stars keep twinkling for this amazing restaurant.
The beauty of Tantris isn’t just it’s incredible cuisine, talented chef, or stunning interior; it’s the beauty of the unexpected. Travelers innocently approach Tantris, year after year, not knowing the magic they’re about to walk into. Shrouded by a frankly drab disguise, the interior is quite the contrary. The interior, like it’s Michelin rating, has stayed fairly constant since the 1970’s. Fashion aficionados will find utter joy by the ambience, gilded in unique characteristics and timeless style.
The Experience: Have you ever smashed a plain grey stone on the ground, only to be met with thousands of brilliant gems bursting out of the humdrum exterior? Tantris is kind of like that. The color scheme on it’s own is stunning,
with rich reds and deep blacks, ceilings adorned with orange carpets, and waves of lights curving the path to an evening of exceeded expectations. When you step inside, you are transported to not just another neighborhood, but another era entirely. The restaurant’s unique concept came to life from the brain of architect, Professor Dr. Justus Dahinden. While much of it’s appearance is from its birth 45 years ago, in 2002 came a renovation, bringing the interior back to life just as it was upon it’s opening.
You would think the staff would be tired of hearing compliments concerning their workplace, however, it’s quite the contrary. Not only do they openly accept compliments to the decor, they also love hearing guests raving of the food. The cuisine is a French-focused European menu. There is no need to worry about what to order, because every dish is consistently delicious, sophisticated, and gorgeously-presented. Do yourself a favor and order from the tasting menu, rather than the a la carte. Take someone that you plan on spending the evening with, as you’ll want to linger here as long as possible.
What to Order: This is simple: whatever the staff recommends. The menu is constantly changing, but the staff has a kind of special intuition when it comes to what guests will be pleased by. The mastermind behind the culinary art is Chef Hans Haaf, of Austria. A man characterized as “the master of simplicity”, he makes sure that Tantris appeals to all of our senses. Chicago native, chief sommelier, Justin Leone, can make us crave even the most obscure-sounding wines, and pair them perfectly with his suggestions.
Where to Stay: The Charles, is perfectly-located or touring the city. A basement-level pool and spa area are popular amenities among those visiting during Bavaria’s frigid winters, but the buffet breakfast is also something to write home about. It is served until 2pm on weekends, perfect for those stocking up on carbs, prior to a night at the beer hall.