Dinner at Basil Restaurant

Monday, 26th August 2013 was our 3th wedding anniversary. We decided to dinning out at restaurant, I’ve found in internet that there’s gourmet restaurant in Hannover, Basil restaurant. I never heard the name before, and very excited to try it.

We arrived at restaurant about 21:00 p.m, the building from outside is not so special, it doesn’t look like that there’s a restaurant there. As we went inside, the place were so quiet, but as one of the waiter escorted us, we’ve seen many guests sit outside in garden (at that time was nice weather, clear sky). We enjoyed the shining stars and thought where’s the Jupiter planet… :-).

We didn’t drink wine, we had just still water and fruit punch (mix of Maracuja juice an other fruits). Garnish with physalis fruit and sliced of melon. I’ve told the waiter that the punch had a nice decoration and he said that it was made with love, oh so sweet.

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We’ve decided to have 4-course menu.

Before began with the menu, we had special small bites (prawn skewer with carrot ginger soup served on an espresso cup).

prawn

Carrot ginger soup with prawn

Menu that I’ve chosen :

lentil salad

Quail with lentil salad

carrot puree

Jacob mussel with carrot puree

angus beef

Black Angus beef with chanterelle mushrooms and gnocchi

berry dessert

                                               Raspberry with chocolate mousse

 

Menu chosen by my husband :

He don’t remember what he have eaten …. :-) So I guess:

potatopuree

Pork with foam and potato puree

salmon fish

 Salmon with radish and cream cheese

tuna fish

Tuna fish with green asparagus

apricot sorbet

Apricot sherbet and puff pastry

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That night was rather cold for me, and the waiter gave me a blanket to make me warm, good service!.

So I suggest for someone who looking for gourmet dinner, you should try this restaurant, you won’t regret it. The price for our gourmet dinner and excellent service was not so expensive.

My husband said that was the best restaurant in Hannover that he ever tried and the best service that he ever had. We were really satisfied, and can’t wait for our 4th wedding anniversary… :-)

BASIL RESTAURANT

Dragonerstraße 30

Hannover 30163

Germany

Tel: (+49)511-622636

Fax: (+49)511-3941434

Email: info@basil.de

Website: http://www.basil.de

Opening time:

Monday – Saturday : 18:30 – 2:00

Sunday : Closed

Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Berlin, Germany

Sunday, 14.05.13. We went from Hannover to Berlin to spend some nights at 5-stars hotel. As we arrived in front of the hotel, there was Valet Parking staff  who open the door of the car for you, and bring the car to the parking place. Another staff bring our luggage to the reception and after we checked-in, few minutes later come our luggage, and the staff explain what facilities we got there and told us that the hotel was just open for few months.

 

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Breakfast at Les Solistes Restaurant

It was weekend and we had time for breakfast until 12.00am. we were escorted by greeter to the table, it was comfortable place, fresh flower on the table, nice table-setting. One of the waitress offered us that we could order other kind of eggs besides eggs menu on the buffet. The waitress offered us what kind of coffee we’d like, I decided to order Coffee with milk, sugar already on the table, there are 4 different kind of sugars. She brought us some breads on the table, there were also many kind of jams on the table. It was tempting buffet there, you can find many sort of eggs, sausages, cereals, breads, pastries, cheeses, juices, fruits etc. I took Benedict egg, some pastries and fruits. I enjoyed it.

 

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Room service  : Cafe Gourmand

Actually we would like try the afternoon tea at Romanisches cafe in hotel, but we didn’t have time, because we had tour around Berlin. So after we went back to Hotel around midnight, I decided to order Cafe Gourmand, it is coffee with some small pastries, this kind of thing very popular in France. So, the staff came to our room and put the tray on the table and explain what kind of pastries was that, there were 6 different kind of sweets. I really enjoyed my late ‘afternoon tea’.

 

WALDORF ASTORIA HOTEL – BERLIN

Hardenbergstrasse 28

10623 Berlin – Germany

Tel: +49(0) 30 - 814000-0

website : www.waldorfastoriaberlin.com

Dinner in the dark at NOCTI VAGUS in Berlin – Germany

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My husband had birthday on April, I didn’t have any idea what gift should I give to him. Cloths…no. Tie…he never use it. wallet…he has one, and never change it. ok, I decided to look at internet a perfect gift for man or for two .

On website  www.mydays.com  There were many options at that time, one of them is Dinner in the dark for two. It is restaurant located in Berlin-Germany. mmm interesting ! why not. so, I decided to book it. It costed €39 per person for 3-courses menu.

At D-Day, he was so happy about the gift, something new. That was 18pm, we arrived, there was waitress approached us, explain the story about the restaurant and gave us menu. we could decided what kind of menu that we will eat, but the was also “surprise menu” that means we don’t know what menu they will serve. But we have ordered the drinks. Both of us decided to select that. By the way Handphone is prohibitted, and also watches with lights.

The waitress had escort us down stair, there was a room (a little bit dark) and there was another door,which is the restaurant there, we should hand in hand to enter the room, it was soooooo dark, that you can’t see anything. So, there was waiter inside who escorted us on the table and seated us. My husband and I just laughed (no sound), and curious what will happen next. The waitress served the drinks, and the breads with garlic butter dip. we had difficulties to pour the water on the glass.  We heard also the voice from the guests on the other table. There were about 10 peoples at that time and maybe more at night.

After few minutes came the soup, tried to guess what that is…..at the end he told us that was chicken stock with quail egg. After he cleared up, we waited for the main course, after 10 minutes it wasn’t coming yet, and suddenly I got panic because of the darkness, so I decided to get out there with the help of the waiter to take some fresh air. After few minutes I told the waitress that I wanted to go inside again. So, main course was coming, that was Chicken with vegetables, I can’t describe more detail, that was good. And then dessert coming…it was ice cream with berries, delicious!

It took about 2 hours inside. At the end we realize that the staffs there are blind or half blind, they are all specially trained. Amazing! respect for all of them. For us it was unforgettable moment, and great experience.

Some tips from me: keep talking with your friend or partner, so you’re not got nervous inside (like me).

I suggest you to visit this restaurant  for someone who like challenge. Have fun!

NOCTI VAGUS dunkelrestaurant

Saarbrücker Strasse 36-38

10405 Berlin

Germany

www.noctivagus.com

Tel: +49 30-74 74 91 23 (Reservation 10am-22pm)

Fax: +49 30- 74 74 91 26

kontakt@noctivagus.de

Opening time: Everyday 18pm