Saturday, December 30, 2006

Restaurant "Alt Oberstein" in Idar-Oberstein

If you would like to know how to prepare and eat traditional German food, I highly recommend a visit to Idar-Oberstein, the renowned gemstone-centre in Germany.

The most famous dish here is the Spiesbraten. It is a marinated piece of steak either from beef or pork, roasted on an open pit over a wooden fire. The restaurant "Alt Oberstein" has made thise one of its specialities. I visited this great restaurant with my friend and collegue, composer and producer Andreas Röhrig, who lives in Idar Oberstein. The owner recommended at 350 gram (12 oz) spiesbraten dish, which was not a part of their menu. It was served with Bratkartoffeln, made from sliced fried potatoes, onions, bacon and sweet cucumber. It was served with a Puerta de Alcala Reserva 2000 from Spain, making this a memorable meal.

We were also invited to see how the roasting process was conducted in a nearby building. The grill reminded me of a large wheel hanging down from the roof. The chef rotated the wheel slowly over the fire.

And we were served a brandy made from hazelnuts, made exclusively for the restaurant.

This article has been written by Dagfinn Koch. You will find link to his website on Enjoy Food & Travel under the label "Friends"

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