Villa Merton, Frankfurt, 4/25/14

Entrance to Villa Merton
Entrance to Villa Merton

A moderate sized portion of a former town mansion that is now a private club. Luckily you don’t need to be a member of the club to get a reservation for this 2 star Michelin restaurant. They presented us with a menu of two different tasting options however it is basically priced with how many courses you want and you can pick and choose between the menus and craft your own meal. We also chose to take their wine pairings with the meal which turned out to be a wonderful success.

Entrance to Villa Merton
Entrance to Villa Merton

The place specializes in local and seasonal ingredients and thus you’ll find a number of unknown ingredients that are a solution to not importing other’s products. It makes for some new tastes. Of the courses the duck and caramels were my absolute favorites but the cream cookie called for more when I finished it. I also enjoyed the combination of sugar and salt on the asparagus – something novel and successful. The food was artfully presented and the staff friendly and helpful. The selection of German wines astounded me with their accessibility and range of flavors. It’s a pricey spot but worth a visit, at least once!

sparkler
sparkler
Several dining areas
Several dining areas
menu
menu
Lovely place settings
Lovely place settings
Quail egg covered with raw potato strands and dried leeks
Quail egg covered with raw potato strands and dried leeks
Cured German moorland sheep meat, Local goat cheese covered in elderberry. Served on the horn of the sheep.
Cured German moorland sheep meat, Local goat cheese covered in elderberry. Served on the horn of the sheep.
Fruit of the white radish, pickled
Fruit of the white radish, pickled
Decorative tin for next course
Decorative tin for next course
Salty, short baked pastry with cream and herbs cookie
Salty, short baked pastry with cream and herbs cookie
Lentil broth flavored with blossom oil
Lentil broth flavored with blossom oil
Frozen mix of apple wine, verveine and sparkling wine
Frozen mix of apple wine, verveine and sparkling wine
wine 1
wine 1
Asparagus, blossom sugar, goat butter, camelina oil
Asparagus, blossom sugar, goat butter, camelina oil

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Wine 2
Wine 2
Wild brook trout, kohlrabi, marrow, marian, thistle oil
Wild brook trout, kohlrabi, marrow, marian, thistle oil
wine 3
wine 3
Sunflower, sunchoke, chickweed, charcoal oil, horseradish
Sunflower, sunchoke, chickweed, charcoal oil, horseradish
wine 4 front
wine 4 front
wine 4 back
wine 4 back

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Water
Water
wine 5
wine 5
Hen, burnet seed, oyster plant, buckwheat cotyledons and fried cockscomb in the middle
Hen, burnet seed, oyster plant, buckwheat cotyledons and fried cockscomb in the middle
wine 6 front
wine 6 front
wine 6 back
wine 6 back
In melilot roasted duck, pointed cabbage, ramson, sour cream
In melilot roasted duck, pointed cabbage, ramson, sour cream
Parsley root juice, apple mash and mustard
Parsley root juice, apple mash and mustard
Wine 7
Wine 7
Apple, stinging nettle, oat flakes ice cream, blosssom pollen, grape seed oil
Apple, stinging nettle, oat flakes ice cream, blosssom pollen, grape seed oil
Sweet wheat skewers
Sweet wheat skewers
Pinot, gewurztraminer and, muscat jellies
Pinot, gewurztraminer and, muscat jellies
Salted caramels
Salted caramels

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