Last night we dined at Schmidt's for the first time. We lived in Dresden for many years before this restaurant opened and we come to Dresden annually but hadn't heard of this restaurant before seeing the wonderful reviews on tripadvisor. It was a lovely evening for our family.
We made a reservation at 7PM but arrived early which is rare for us. I had planned to relax with a cocktail at the bar if our table wasn't ready but the restaurant had no trouble seating us straight away. That's good because the fact is that there is no bar to speak of. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and the whole restaurant is quite casual, jeans and a collared shirt are just fine.
We chose to sit inside as it was nippy but many sat outside in sweaters. In the end, I was glad that we chose to sit inside because some families with small children dined outside but forgot that teaching your children proper table etiquette is part of going out to nice dinners and there were children running around and screaming in the garten around until almost 9PM. I realize that the restaurant cannot explicitly control this, but for those who wish to have a quiet evening, check before you determine where you'll be seated.
We went with the 5-course set meal. We saw all of the items on the ala carte list and they looked lovely but we wanted to go with the chef choice in order to experience the restaurant fully. This was a great plan. We started with a veal tartare that was complimented by a red pepper marmalade. Delicious. Next, we enjoyed an herb gazpacho that was cold and refreshing. For the fish course, we were served a lovely steinbutt that was complemented by a slightly overcook quinoa. All in all, this was also delicious. For our main course, we had the stuffed pheasant which was plated with several nice herb gnocchi and fresh vegetables. We finished with a rhubarb strudel, fruit sorbet and fresh creamed cheese. It was really a fine meal that all three of us enjoyed.
I think it's fair to say that the service was second to none. Although there were very few diners at the time when we visited, the service was conscientious and focused on every detail of the dining experience. The wine list? Well, if you're really into wines, you may wish to pay the corkage and bring your own. The list is very limited and there are really no outstanding wines available. We choose an Italian wine but it was a 2010 so it was not the perfect choice for this meal.
The bread...simply delicious! German breads are hard to beat but this was way beyond the normal German fare. My favorite was one with nuts and prunes baked in! Fabulous! I really try hard to be a "low carb" girl but last night I must have eaten 6 slices before my dinner! Eeek, I'll pay for that later.
Great recommendation from the TripAdvisor community and a wonderful experience for us!
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