Last week, we traveled to Cologne in Germany. Cologne’s range of eating establishments is extremely diverse and tourists have over 3,000 restaurants to choose from including a handful of top restaurants that have been awarded one or even two Michelin stars. During the first day of our stay we decided to have our lunch at L’Escalier restaurant by Maximilian Lorenz that have been awarded with 1 Michelin Star and 16 Gault & Millau points.
L’Escalier restaurant is based on a quiet Brüsseler street so it is perfect if you wish to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
At first glance, L’Escalier restaurant looks like many other eateries however if you go inside you’ll discover that the restaurant has very modern and intimidate surroundings. Restaurant can host up to 32 diners at once and in the summer it also has 16 additional sits outside. Private dining or events are available upon request.
We booked our table for 12:30 p.m. When we entered the restaurant, we were welcomed by a friendly waitress -Michelle who took us to our table. Once we were seated, she recommended us a glass of champagne-it was divine.
The decor of L’Escalier restaurant is exclusive, modern and sophisticated.
Throughout our meal there was soft, romantic music playing in the background.
Guests dining at this fine-dining Michelin star restaurant have an opportunity to select from the A La Carte Menu as well as a few selected tasting menus. If you are looking for a great food which is out of the ordinary and completely different then you should try it. We decided to order the 7-course tasting menu ‘Innovation’.
The first dish we had was small incitement. It was made using crustacean espuma, North sea crab, amaranth, watercress, herring, red onion, topinambour, comté, pine nuts, citrus dressing, wels catfish, cabbage and black cumin.
For second dish we had was German ‘Vitello Tonato’ made with pork loin, trout, cucumber and yellow dandelion.
For third course was Breton Mackarel made with some tomato, apple dressing and leeks.
Next we had some wild broccoli with chicken giblets, hazelnut and chicorée.
Following from that we had one of the signature dishes-Norwegian Scalop on a marrow bones with some young garlic and lovage.
To clean our palate we received some refreshing Green Apple tonic water with celery.
For our main course we had some calf’s head that was served with a side of peas, snow pea pods and asparagus.
For my dessert we had some mouth-watering rhubarb cake with some bourbon vanilla and buckwheat.
The meal ended with a selection of petit fours.
All dishes were delicious and presented beautifully. I could even describe them as rather Instagram-friendly. After our dessert and petit fours Maximilian Lorenz came over to ask us if we enjoyed our food and we talked for a couple of minutes about his background, inspiration behind the dishes and the ingredients he sources for his dishes.
We had an amazing dinning experience at L’Escalier restaurant. All of the dishes we tried were delicious, creative and featured regional products. If you are looking for a fine-dining experience based on the best quality, locally sourced ingredients then you should look no further. The service was great and the food was delectable so we will definitely be returning there next time we are in Cologne.
Brüsseler Straße 11
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