In 2008 this charming restaurant near Mainz confirmed its 1 star Michelin rating. But even without knowing this (somehow we skipped Michelin ratings at our first visit) our last visit was appealing enough to make us return. What struck again was this relaxed atmosphere without any stiffness: the mix of white walls and bright woods has an appeasing effect on the human mood, and of course the service is always considerate, charming and never distant. There is just no reason not to feel at ease here. And even so the whole place always radiates the classiness of a fine dining restaurant.
Breads and different salts. Californian Chardonnay salt was an interesting discovery.
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No one would guess that the small village Gonsenheim -a suburb of Mainz- would shelter such a gourmet restaurant. But I stumbled on it in the web and we found our way. Frank Buchholz is a young chef who among other stations worked at Tantris in Munich and Marquesi in Milano and has now settled down in this renovated peasant-style house. His cooking is modern, with Mediterranean influences, but also emphasizing regional ingredients like white asparagus or game meat.
The ambience is relaxed as is the staff, the light-flooded dining room creates a perfect frame for a great dinner. I could only advise you to give this restaurant a try, you won’t be disappointed. The execution of the dishes was flawless and nearly every course delicious. Read the rest of this entry »