I booked Tantris about two months ago wanting to try a very good and highly recommended restaurant in Munich on a weekend break. I was expecting amazing things having read the various reviews and was very much looking forward to a splash out dinner.
The greeting at the door was spot on and we were whisked to our table. Throughout the evening I couldn't fault the friendliness of the service. One of the problems in Michelin starred restaurants is that the service can be so spot on it becomes clinical. But here at Tantris, every member of staff had a genuine smile and warmth.
We of course went for the 8 course tasting menu with paired wines. Now I have to compare this tasting menu to my other most recent Michelin star restaurant, Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc in Porches, Potugal. Ocean food was of a phenomenal standard of innovation and marriage of flavours. Tantris, well, the food was all very well executed, but, it lacked any va va voom! Dont get me wrong, it was good food, beautifully presented, clearly very skilled prepartion techniques, it just wasnt going to illicit any cartwheels from my reaction. The very best dish of the tasting menu was Fourme d'Ambert with port wine fig.....it was mouth wateringly delicious.
The part of the evening that was very good was the pairing of the wines and the service of the sommelier. I enjoyed how approachable the sommelier was to discuss the wines served and also his enthusiasm for the wines.
Last good point about Tantris is the decor. I loved the retro orange and black juxtaposed with the classic table settings. It shouldnt work together really but the restaurant has a luxurious feel wrapped in a warm glow.
So,onto the bad. We arrived for a 2030 reservation at 2015, and even taking into account that we went for the 8 course tasting, we didnt leave the restaurant until 0030.....thats four and a quarter hours for a meal. Even taking into acount the fact it was 8 courses, it was eye wateringly slow to the point that we were willing it all to be over and even thought about missing courses towards the end. I really dont understand what the problem was either, the service seemed to be on the ball, perhaps it is just the way its done at Tantris. It wasn't however good enough to be drumming your fingers on the table waiting very patiently for the next course to be served and getting to a point that you are willing the dinner to be over.
Lastly, the cost....almost 900 euros for dinner for two is expensive. For that kind of money I expect an exemplary dining experience. Unfortunately this just wasnt that. The food was fine, not great, and the time it took to serve a tasting menu was not good enough.
So my advice, go for the five course tasting menu and arrrive early and you should be ok!
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