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Seven Fish Wine and Fish Bar
Gärtnerplatz 6, Munich

There is absolutely no question that two affable Greek brothers, Vasilis and Angelo Konstantinidis, have added immeasurably to Munich's burgeoning international restaurant scene. Not only do they preside over Seven Fish, but also El Perro y Griego and Casa de Tapas, two cozy South American tapas bars located, respectively, in the Haidhausen and Schwabing districts of the Bavarian capital.

Seven Fish, however, is particularly pleasing to both the eye and the palate. The interior is modern but warm -- light and airy by day, romantic and candlelit by night -- boasting two stone walls, banks of plate glass windows, and semi-open kitchen.

But the comfortable bar area will surely be your first port of call. Here you may peruse the extensive wine list and also avail yourself of several first-rate selections offered by the glass. The Iama Vriniotis "Roditis" (5,60€), a crisp, lively Greek white wine, is exceedingly pleasant... ditto Ilaros Evhakis "Agiorgitiko" (5,90€), a supple, elegant Greek red.

When it comes to the cuisine, Seven Fish does what I wish more restaurants would do: offer cold appetizers in "small,""medium,"and what it terms "normal" portions. Both my wife and I ordered small starters and were rewarded with just the proper proportions to stimulate rather than saturate our appetites, leaving sufficient room for the excellent entrées that followed.

"Rosemary's Tuscan Veal" (7,50€), for example, consisted of tender slices of roasted veal garnished with peppery arugula and surrounded by a provocative sauce of unripe cheese infused with rosemary. Equally enjoyable was the "Pike'N Bocca" (7,50€), beautiful diminutive filets of cooked and chilled pike-perch garnished with an incomparably delicious fresh mango chutney.

Other appetizer possibilities at the time of our visit included: classic oysters on the half shell with a shallot vinaigrette (6,00€/12,00€/18,00€); marinated Thai tuna with stir-fry vegetables (8,50€/11,50€/13,50€); and coquilles St. Jacques (16,50€).

Entrées do include a nod to non seafooders -- risotto with tomatoes, leeks, and feta cheese (16,50€), milk fed veal with cream spinach and rosemary potatoes (26,50€), and rack of lamb (26,50€) -- but the treasures of the sea, in my opinion, certainly offer diners the most satisfying gastronomic rewards.

The restaurant's Royal Dorade (24,50€), is marvelously moist & flaky and at the very peak of good health. It is served silver skin side up, which makes a lovely contrast to its tender, colorful pillow of ratatouille and accompaniment of utterly addictive sausage-shaped bread dumplings. The finishing touch is a light sauce infused with a hint of tarragon.

The Saffron Trout (22,50€) is equally rewarding. Once again, the filets are served skin side up and are impeccably moist and tender. In this case, contrasting tastes and textures are provided by an extraordinary watercress mousseline and segments of kohlrabi tinctured with saffron.

The evening's finishing touches were provided by a superlative vanilla crème brûlée companioned by apple confit (8,50€) and decadent liquid chocolate cake garnished with a dollop of vanilla ice cream (8,50). Espressos (2,20€) were outstanding... ditto several glasses of Beerenauslese (7,50€), a German dessert wine, that proved the perfect accompaniment to the sweet denouements.

The Artful Diner
December 2007

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