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Landhaus Eggert
Zur Haskenau 81, Münster
Website: landhaus-eggert.de

I first reviewed Landhaus Eggert in 2002, during a previous trip to this region of Germany… And my wife and I were pleased to discover that the ambiance was just as charming as we remembered – and the cuisine even more delicious. The hotel/restaurant is located on a cul-de-sac in the middle of a dense forest; and, as I noted in my previous review, its location alone is enough to recommend it.

Moving to the interior, the bar/lounge and the main dining rooms are modern and upscale. On the other hand, the “Chimney Room” is alluringly cozy and boasts an open fireplace, timbered ceiling, diminutive rustic bar, and a scant six tables. This area is much in demand, and those who wish to dine here must make reservations well in advance, especially on weekends – as we did via email.

In whatever portion of the restaurant in which you may dine, however, rest assured that the kitchen will not disappoint. And the amuse-bouche – a tender slice of filet with diced sautéed mushrooms and squiggle of port wine reduction – is surely the promise of good things to come.

My wife’s cabbage-turnip soup garnished with morsels of Westphalian ham was superbly homespun… while my field green salad with pig’s cheeks was nothing short of spectacular.

When it comes to entrées, this is one kitchen that does fish particularly well. Once again, I found it impossible to resist the considerable culinary charms of pike-perch. The representative proffered here arrived at table on a sumptuous seabed of sautéed fennel accompanied by sautéed shrimp, cubed potatoes, and roasted cherry tomatoes. My wife’s loup de mer (European sea bass) was also beautifully sautéed, presented on a pillow of melted cabbage, and companioned by golden brown potato croquettes.

Dessert was more than worth the extra calories and expenditure. It consisted of a miniature sponge cake topped with fresh fig quarters and a dollop of incredibly addictive white coffee ice cream. An armada of fresh blueberries added a note of contrasting color and texture.

Landhaus Eggert also boasts an excellent wine list that proves a perfect match for the cuisine. If you are visiting anywhere in the Münster vicinity, this fine restaurant is worthy of a journey.

The Artful Diner
September 2010

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