If you’re a wine lover, visiting Germany is a must, especially if you’re a fan of rieslings. I’m still on the hunt for a proper riesling that compares even remotely to the spectacular, floral nectars we enjoyed in Germany earlier this year.
Trier was one of the quainter, more laid back cities we visited. One evening while looking for a place for supper that would have a decent local wine selection, we inquired at the visitor center and they recommended trying Weinstube Kesselstatt.
“Weinstube” is a very important word to look for in Germany. It basically translates to wine room or wine bar. Luckily, you’ll see that word a lot here!
It was a little hard to find the restaurant as it was tucked away down a narrow street in the shadow of the High Cathedral of Saint Peter. But that actually made it kind of cool, since this became our view during our meal:
The restaurant has a large outdoor seating area, which is where we chose to sit. This option always comes with pros and cons in Europe – pro – you’re outdoors and get to people-watch and enjoy the lovely weather. Con – smokers. So if you have real issues with cigarette smoke, choosing indoor seating may be preferable.
This restaurant also has a bit of a different set-up from most dining establishments. You don’t place your order with wait staff, you have to go inside and place your order from the large boards behind the counter. You pay immediately, and they give you your drink order and a little sign with your table number. This system appears to be more efficient than having wait staff coming around to take orders repeatedly throughout the evening. And the really nice thing about this place, is that everything is handmade in-house, right down to the salad dressings and sauces.
Neither of us were particularly hungry though, since we’d spent most of the day snacking on street food and gelato. Mark chose a light meal of new baby potatoes and spargel, white asparagus with hollandaise sauce. This was something of a phenomenon to me, this apparent obesssion the Germans had with white asparagus. It was everywhere. I’m not even exaggerating. I can, and will, write an entire blog post just on spargel alone in the near future. We had never tried it before, although we had both had the standard green asparagus before, and I can’t say I’m a fan. It’s too….feet-y tasting.
So this white asparagus? It’s actually very different tasting than green. It’s mild, not feet-y flavoured at all, and can even be described as sweet. It was the first time I could genuinely say I like asparagus. I still don’t quite understand the all-consuming love of it we experienced here, but yes, it was very good.
I ordered a simple salad with feta cheese, which had a wonderful delicate, creamy homemade salad dressing on it. You can see in the background of the photo the “self service” card placed on each table which explains how to order your meals.
And the wines? Oh my gosh, the wines were lovely. We became absolutely enamoured with sweet German rieslings on this trip. The folks at this restaurant know their stuff when it comes to wines, so if you can’t make up your mind, do get their opinion, that’s what they’re there for! They even offer wine tastings for groups if that’s more your thing.
I think food always tastes better outside anyway, but with a view like this, it’s hard not to enjoy everything about Weinstube Kesselstatt. And yes, that includes the white asparagus.