said Ellen, the head waitress/manager of this nice hotel/restaurant, a little on the outskirts of Duisburg.
Isn't that a charming welcome? And it felt like it came right from the heart.
Well, let me first say something about the hotel facilities. Yes indeed, as others stated here on TripAdvisor, the room was small, and it was basic, some things hung loose, but it had all one needs: a good mattress, clean bathroom, flatscreen tv, free well working wifi. And ..... no driving needed after the plentiful meal that was going to be savoured.
Now if the hotel doesn't suit you, no bother, there are plenty others within walking distance. In that case, you will have a nice digestion walk, haha.
The restaurant then:
A modern room, aery and light. Jazzy music, the obligatory Norah Jones and other jazzy, loungy artists playing ....
Finally, after 4 days of biking, through heavy weather, and having the menu in our hands, we could already feel the promise of a superb meal.
What did we eat?
-Parmesan canneloni, filled with a parsley cream, topinambour and pomegranate.
-Wagyu carpaccio, fried quail leg, herb saitling.
-Irish lam rack, white aubergine, courgette kaviar, black garlic, beef heart tomato and olive crackling .
-Bresse chicken, fried foie gras, pumpkin seeds.
What we received, were superb presentations, different structures, asian influences, exquisite products .... Mmmm, so tasty.
Still, to my palate, here and there some too sweet accents. But as always, I tend to be very critical, sorry.
Winelist was small, but showed most of the different styles in wine that one needs to accompany a fine gourmet meal. Some can be taken by the glass, or as an arrangement off course.
And finally the breakfast. All the usual stuff was there and also pumpkin and sunflower seeds. So we could mix togheter our favourite morning meal: fruits, fresh cheese, oat flakes and seeds.
The promise was kept. It really was an overnight to be remembered for a long time.
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