Restaurant Villa Rothschild, Königstein, Germany – Review

By Jonathan Spira on 1 July 2011
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An extraordinary experience awaits you in the Restaurant Villa Rothschild.  The gourmet restaurant seats 38 people and tables are nicely spaced, affording maximum privacy.

Even if you are not staying at the Villa Rothschild Kempinski, a 22-room luxury hotel, a visit to the restaurant is in order if you are anywhere near Frankfurt.

Restaurant Villa Rothschild is the vision of chef Christoph Rainer, who was awarded a second Michelin star in late 2010. The dining room is managed by Arnaud Juillot, who seemed to be able to anticipate every diner’s need .

The restaurant is located in a separate wing of the villa and has its own entrance, although you can also walk down a hallway without leaving the hotel. I arrived around 7 p.m. before the sun had fully set, so the room was full of light with a beautiful view of the park.

There are two menus to choose from, each with accompanying wine recommendations (although the hotel has an extensive wine list in addition to the wines on the menu). The small degustation menu has 4 courses, while the large has 7. We opted for the small.

We started with a Dreierlei (three of a kind) of grenaille potatoes which included a lollipop of potato with pancetta and roasted onions as well as an utterly delectable panna cotta made with Crème Cru and char caviar. The Dreierlei was followed by an amuse bouche.

After these teases from the kitchen, we were ready for the first course, scallops, accompanied by a 2007 Muskateller Kabinett Trocken from the Weingut Ökonomierat Rebholz.

The sea bass that followed came as a crispy sandwich, accompanied by a Rheingau wine, a 2007 Rüdesheim Berg Schloßberg Riesling “Erstes Gewächs.”

The main course, Canadian Hereford beef, accompanied by a 2005 Château Le Pin Beausoleil was excellent. Hereford beef is typically pasture-raised on corn and barley and, as a result, had an extremely refined taste.

The final course was Orizaba lactée cremeux and flan, accompanied by hazelnut Thai basil ice cream, passion fruit, and candied papaya. The accompanying wine was a superb Spätburgunder Weißherbst Beerenauslese.

The meal was not quite over, however. The maitre d’ brought over what seemed to be an endless assortment of chocolates and cookies – Süße Naschereien (sweet noshes), as the menu so aptly put it.­

The service was superb. The meal was served at our pace, not the kitchen’s, and it was a relaxing and wonderful experience. I look forward to a return visit as soon as possible.

Restaurant Villa Rothschild
Im Rothschildpark 1
Königstein im Taunus
61462 Frankfurt
Tel +49 6174 2908 0



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