Jean is a one star Michelin restaurant located in the Frankenback Hotel in Eltville, a small Rheingau village on the Rhine. It is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Eltville is quiet and restaurant Jean will leave you very satisfied. The staff speak excellent English and will guide you through the various tasting menus and wine pairings. The amuse bouche of langoustine and snow crab with feet and sour tomato was so delicious we wanted more. The tuna with wasabi, apple, soy mayo and a tuna roll with Granny smith jelly was yummy. The next course of seared Foie Gras with poached seasonal Rhubarb, celeriac puree and sweet almonds was a different and delicious take of the traditional dish. The main course of Venison loin is what translates from the German as ‘bread mantle’ melted in the mouth. The pair of loins sat on a crisp bed of spring cabbage with a juniper jus and walnut long noodles and local cow berries.
The wine pairings were all local wines: A Hessen Vert with the Tuna, an Oestrich-Winkel 2016 with the foie, a Pinot for a local Co-Op and a 2003 Cabinet Risesling from Hattenheim with the dessert of sticky rise in coconut milk, and white chocolate ice cream. The dishes may have been plain but all the effort went in to what was on them. Jean is well worth several visits.
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