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“French-style fine dining in an historic building”

Zum Ochsen Restaurant
Ranked #58 of 722 Restaurants in Karlsruhe
Price range: US$ 40 - US$ 184
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Durlach
Reviewed 23 March 2016

1746 is the date over the door, and there are interesting architectural details everywhere. This restaurant is family-run, with Madame as the chef, and the menu has dishes with truffles, lobster, oysters, fine veal and other meats... hard to choose! Main courses seem to cost from 34 Euros, but there is a table d'hote menu available, with a choice of dishes at each course for around 74 Euros, including an amuse-bouche treat, and petits fours. The wine list is extensive and advice is on hand.We only wanted a main course really, but were offered the amuse-boche of salmon parfait, delicious! I had fillet of lamb so soft it cut with the back of the knife, accompanied by aubergines and a samosa. My husband had thick slices of loin of veal, on spinach and with gnocchi which he pronounced delicious. We were tempted by puds - creme caramel for him and a parfait of rhubarb with strawberry coulis for me... and then came the petits fours! We ate very well. The decor has a fin-de-siecle atmosphere, and the service was impeccable.

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Reviewed 1 November 2012

I have been to this restaurant before in 1989 when my experience with fine dining was practically nil, but I remembered the meal and the wine with it.
In last year's Wine Spectator I saw the name of this restaurant in the list of the restaurants with wine awards and I remembered and thought I have to try this again!
So, I took the opportunity of a visit back home (I originally come from Karlsruhe) and booked a meal for my wife and myself. I booked about five days ahead.
That was in fact the only negative of our visit: when we arrived we weren't on the list! But after five minutes waiting we were seated.
We chose the menu: Starter was a lovely lobster bisque, then we waited ca. 45 minutes until the next course, but at least the wait was worth the while the Seehecht (colin) with truffle was fantastic. The main course was beef filet on a cheese straw, very tender meat. The meal finished with a crème brûlée and ice cream
The wine list of the restaurant is huge, but fortunately the sommelier is at hand to advise you and he did so very well.
Food and ambience is very nice and I'll visit again.
There is also a wine shop attached to the restaurant.

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Reviewed 5 July 2011

It was a beautiful dinner... I was alone on a business trip. It was rainy and cold outside and I needed something to make me feel better... I went through the right door... The food is classic french cuisine, everything well executed and tasty. The wine selection is to die for...
I started to chat with Serge, the sommelier who is originally from Alsace. He gave me a wonderful tour of the local wines from the Baden region and then move on to some wines from Alsace with the cheese. With the dessert, he recommended "une eau de vie de Mirabelle" which is distilled from the Mirabelle, a type of plum with a very subtle flowerish smell. He told me it was made by an old guy in his region... It was magnificent... I had 2 ...

It was a heart warming experience with great food, fantastic wine and people who enjoyed talking about what they love and know best... Serge gave me his contact to help organize my trip to Alsace in the future... You bet I will contact him

I walked back to my hotel, perfectly happy, raindrops over my head as goes the song...

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