Friday, May 26, 2017

Zur Golden Kron: Star Sommelier Pit Punda's and Star Chef Alfred Friedrich's new Edelwirtshaus/ new Noble Inn in Frankfurt, Germany

Pictures: Pit Punda and Alfred Friedrich at their Edelwirtshaus/ Noble Inn Zur Golden Kron in Frankfurt, Germany

In Frankfurt, Germany, Annette and I are members of a small group of wine and food lovers that meets about once a month for a wine dinner in a Frankfurt restaurant. One of our favorites is SchauMahl in Offenbach. The innovative cooking of Chef Björn Andreas is one of the reasons why we love this restaurant so much; Chef Björn Andreas has 16 toques in the Gault Millau Guide. The other reason is the excellent wine list and the very knowledgable and charming Sommelier/ Service Team Pit Punda and Esra Egner.

Last year, Pit Punda announced that after many years at SchauMahl he was leaving to team up with  Chef Alfred Friedrich who can look back to an impressive series of Michelin stars earned in some of Germany's best restaurants.  Pit Punda and Alfred Friedrich worked togather at Frankfurt's Zarges Restaurant. There new restaurant is the Zur Golden Kron in Eschersheim, a Frankfurt subburb.

Obviously, our Frankfurt wine dinner group was eager to go there for dinner as soon as possible . We met there for dinner a few days ago during the soft opening period.

On May 22, 2017, Zur Golden Kron opened officially. However, initially, during the summer months, only the Courtyard Garden Restaurant is open. The inside rooms are still being worked on.

Pictures: Edelwirtshaus/ Noble Inn Zur Golden Kron In Frankfurt, Germany

Alfred Friedrich

Alfred Friedrich is a top gun in the German restaurant scene. He was for 3 years Souschef at Eckart Witzigmann's Aubergine (3 stars Michelin) in Munich. He also worked with Jörg Müller (3 stars Michelin) on the island of Sylt. In 1991, he became Executive Chef at the Brückenkeller im Frankfurt (2 stars Michelin). In 1996 he opened his own restaurant Humperdinck in Frankfurt and earned 1 Michelin star. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Executive Chef at the Restaurant Marcobrunn (Hotel Schloss Reinhartshausen) in Eltville, Rheingau. After that he was the Chef de Cuisine at Heinz Winkler's Residenz in Aschau (3 stars Michelin). From 2009 to 2014 he was the Executive Chef at the Tigerpalast in Frankfurt and pushed the restaurant from 1 to 2 stars Michelin. In the past 3 years, he was the Executive Chef at Lafleur (2 stars Michelin) in Frankfurt and the 1718 Bistro in the Ketschauer Hof in Deidesheim.

Picture: Superstar Chef Alfred Friedrich at Zur Golden Kron in Frankfurt, Germany

Pit Punda

Host Pit Punda is well known in the Frankfurt gastro scene from his days at Emma Metzler, Cyrano and Zarges. Most recently he was the General Manager and Head Sommelier at our beloved SchauMahl in Offenbach (Frankfurt). I also still remember the corner bistro Cyrano, which he run with Chef Milan Seidenfaden. I was a regular there during the 6 years it existed.

Pictures: Pit Punda at SchauMahl

Zur Golden Kron in Eschersheim

Zur Golden Kron is an historic half-timbered house. Records indicate that already in the 13. century there were horse stables in the building and probably an inn. Traders stopped here on the way to Frankfurt. Pit Punda and Alfred Friedrich want to do more research building as to the history of this building once they have finished all renovations.

Edelwirtshaus/ Noble Inn - Hochwertige Gasthausküche/ High Quality Inn Cooking

Pit Punda and Alfred Friedrich do not have the intention to add another Michelin star to Alfred's most impressive CV. They have someting else in mind: High quality inn cooking.This represents a radical cut with the past for Alfred Friedrich and a rare opportunity for his guests, because it is still the genius Alfred Friedrich in the kitchen, but now cooking at a less sophisticated and more affordable level in a very relaxed atmosphere. 

Applewine, Beer, Wine

Accordingly, the focus is also on applewine, the traditional drink in Frankfurt, and beer, in addition to wine. The focus of the wine list is not on ultra-premium wines for Euro 100 plus and big names like Dönnhoff, Robert Weil and J.J. Prüm, but more on the Gutswein level for less than Euro 30 of young, up-and-coming winemakers. For example, I started with glass of Rose made by Simone Adams an up-and-coming winemaker in Ingelheim. The House Applewine is from Kelterei Stier.

Pictures: Wine, Applewine, Sekt (Andres & Mugler, Chardonnay, Auxerois, 2013, Brut)



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