Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube, Baiersbronn, 9/26/18

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Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube is a 3 star Michelin restaurant in the Traube Tonbach hotel in the Black Forest of Germany.  It can be reached by car or train from Frankfurt. The hotel has been in the same family for 9 generations and the current owner made the rounds of the room during meal service.  His great, great grandfather had been a baker in the restaurant.  The room has windows with granite counters below that look at the beautiful scenery outside, a deeply recessed wood ceiling, plush carpet,  12 white clothed widely spaced large tables set with gray-brown napkins had little chandeliers on the side, nice padded chairs and faint background music. The excellent service is provided by formally dressed males and females in traditional clothing. Head chef Torsten Michel took over in 2017, having started there in 2004, and he changes the menu every 7 weeks and offers a la carte as well as 3 tasting menus, one being vegetarian and the others, long and short versions of the degustation menu.  We chose the longer of the degustation menu with one substitution on the first course where I had a tuna dish instead of the mackerel on the menu.   Continue reading

Bauernstube, Baiersbronn, 9/26 +27/18

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Bauernstube is the casual restaurant in the Traube Tonbach hotel (it has 3 restaurants) located in Germany’s Black Forest. Its name means “living room” and since is was the only one to be open at lunch we ate there twice while staying at the hotel.   It is in the original building that was the bakery.   In the various remodels of the place they have tried to maintain as much of the original building as possible.  The low ceiling and large wood beams are indicative of this as are the various decorations and old fireplace/oven.  A couple windows let in a little natural light but otherwise it is on the darker side with a collection of tables and booths.  The dark wood booths have a lined light wood table and pillows.  It is a cozy room.  They offered a set 3 course meal as well as an a la carte menu.  Service was friendly but not particularly attentive.   Continue reading