Die Zirbelstube, Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten, Stuttgart, Germany [REVIEW:PHOTOS]

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    September 2015, Our Lunch & Dinner

    After reception of the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten Stuttgart guided us towards the Zirbelstube for my dietary requirements we studied the menu online. We were happy and excited about what we saw, especially the vegetarian menu.

    We booked a table for lunch and dinner and advised about our allergies and needs.

    Our Lunch:

    The executive chef is Sebastian Pruessmann, who has earned the restaurant one Michelin star, 16 Gault-Millau points and three Feinschmecker forks. The vegetarian menu counts as one of the best in Germany. Menus are divided into Old Love, New Love and Vegetable Love, plus Juice Love.

    [​IMG]|| DIE ZIRBELSTUBE || 1* MICHELIN STAR || By Chef Sebastian Prussmann || OUR LUNCH || THE ALTHOFF HOTEL AM SCHLOSSGARTEN || LHW || STUTTGART || GERMANY || SEPTEMBER 2015 || OUR SECOND STAY AT THIS PROPERTY || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr

    The Zirbelstube is located on the Mezzanine Level of the Althoff Hotel am Schlossgarten and shares it with meeting rooms and the breakfast restaurant.

    The Zirbelstube is designed like a traditional South German living room would look like with a few modern touches. There were wood panelling and lots of paintings and sketches on the walls.

    We were greeted warmly by the restaurant manager and brought to a corner table close to the panorama windows with views over the Schlossgarten.

    The maître d' and sommelier introduced herself and made a very suitable suggestion for us to drink. We didn't want alcohol, so she suggested a sparkling Aldinger grape juice, which is produced nearby. The juice looked like Champagne and the taste was great.

    We also ordered a large bottle of Gerolsteiner still water.

    All menus were available including Pruessmann's lunch menu, which we chose. It was very good value at 35 Euro for two courses per person.

    Greetings from the kitchen included rye, pumpkin seed and hazelnut bread, served with lightly salted French butter, lemony sour cream and cress, which had to be cut with mini scissors, followed by lemonade with fruit mark / concentrate in the straw, cheese crème Brulee and mini buckwheat bagel with parsnip on its own raft. It was all delicate and beautifully presented.

    Next was a salad with wild herbs, cucumber, edible flowers and mustard dressing for him, while I had the Gazpacho.

    The main course for us both was the roasted cauliflower, Swabian noodles, different herbs and green sauce. It looked like a garden.

    There was still room for a dessert and we could choose any we liked from the Old Love, New Love or Vegetable Love menus.

    We shared one from the New Love menu. It was with mango, tofu, chocolate sauce, basil granita and seaweed. It was a mixture between being sweet and savory.

    We also had green tea, which was fragrant, subtle and elegantly flavored. With it came a little dessert, a Baba au Limoncello with cinnamon. One of my fiancé’s favorite liquors is Limoncello, so this was a hit with both of us.

    All of the dishes were innovative, surprising and beautifully presented.

    We paid for lunch 125.70 Euro (ca. 136.60 USD).

    The staff was amazing too, very attentive, warm and friendly.

    After our lunch, but before dinner we used our time to explore Stuttgart during our afternoon.

    Our Dinner:

    We were immediately recognized and this time around offered a table at the window, while a Swiss couple occupied our lunch table. We were surprised there weren't more diners. Lunch had been busy with a family, couples and a group of business associates.

    This time around we ordered again a bottle of still Gerolsteiner and the two mocktails on the juice love menu. He had the Pineapple Love with Verbena and Elderflower, while I had the Pepper Love which incl.beautiful habanero peppers. Both were gorgeous and moreish. His was more like a Gin & Tonic, while mine was smooth, sweet and tasted a bit like Gazpacho.

    The bread arrived first, followed by a greeting from the kitchen. This time around it was a Buckwheat Bagel with radish, a Fried "Scotch" Egg and bean mousse.

    We had chosen the Vegetarian Love menu. We started with Ravioli filled with goats cheese and pepper, followed by wild herb salad, sea weed and herb ice cream. The pea and mint soup was the highlight for him. Normally he isn't a big soup fan, but this one hit the spot. Another dish was stuffed courgette flower with caponata, courgette baked with goat cheese and polenta. The dessert was a Verbena combination, which was very refreshing, like art and again moreish.

    With our bill of 203.70 Euro (ca. 221.35 USD) came a selection of little desserts. His favorite, the Baba au Limoncello, was included as were honey cake and sweet sushi with passion fruit and soya sauce. The sushi was especially interesting, because it was salty, sweet and savory. The combination worked very well and was a stand out.

    The dinner was more elaborate. All dishes looked like artwork on a plate and were extremely delicious.

    Again the staff was attuned to our needs and very attentive.

    As a last gesture of hospitality we could take the elevator directly located beside the restaurant - I believe it's normally only used by staff. It brought us directly to our room, which was just a few steps away.

    Should we be in Stuttgart again, a meal at the Zirbelstube is a must for us. Highly recommended.

    Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
    Would we want to enjoy again lunch / dinner at this restaurant in our future? YES!
     
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