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Time-limited luxuries

A winter-themed restaurant pops up on a Munich rooftop

Time-limited luxuries

October 29 2010
Sibéal Pounder

Perched on top of the neo-Renaissance grandeur of Munich’s Mandarin Oriental, you’ll find Lederhosen-clad waiters aplenty as the hotel’s pop-up restaurant, the Alm, has transformed the rooftop into a winter-themed homage to traditional Bavaria.

Fittingly, the restaurant (pictured) – a cosy oak chalet with fur-accented interior not remotely akin to its sleek and marbled host – looks more like something plucked from Rothenburg than downtown Munich. The food, too, plays on traditional Bavarian themes: classics such as brewer goulash – a beef dish with white cabbage and bread dumpling, roasted pork sausages with sauerkraut and homemade Bavarian apple strudel are teamed with an extensive drinks menu featuring the obligatory Ayinger beers and winter warmers such as hot Jagertee (black tea and rum).

And with panoramic views that take in the Frauenkirche church and snow-tipped Alps, what feast could be more festive?