Padam padam padaaaam… Paris and its charms: the Seine, the little bistros, the friendly people, the Eiffel Tower, the fashion and most of all the French Cuisine! Rive Gauche, literally “Southern Bank”, takes its name after… wait for it… the Southern Bank of the French capital city. Your dear hosts who also happen to be French, always enjoy finding French restaurants in Munich, to remind us of our beloved roots. At Rive Gauche, not only is the food French, but the owners Smina and Arnaud as well! So is Rive Gauche yet another restaurant trying to surf on the French Cuisine wave but not delivering? Let’s find out…

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The Location & Atmosphere:

Rive Gauche is located at the entrance of the Glockenbach district, close to the Sendlinger Tor. It is a rather intimate place, pretty small, with a sidewalk terrace, which totally reminds me of little bistros of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district in Paris. You could almost expect to see Gérard Depardieu Guillaume Canet walking and sitting right next to you. The general feeling though is rather polished and casual. The kind of place to take a colleague for lunch or a lover for a nice dinner in tête-à-tête… Their website says they are attempting to make you feel at home, and I must say although it’s an ambitious goal, they’re doing a pretty good job at it.

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The staff is friendly and seems to be a part of the quarter. A few of the pedestrians also sometimes come by say hello to the the owners/staff when walking pass – an indicator that the locals appreciate Rive Gauche

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The fffoood:

Rive Gauche offers a variety of meals, together with a lunch menu for the business people among us. Classic salad with a quiche for only 6,90€, or with roasted goat’s cheese,  pâtés, galettes -or crêpes- with ham and cheese… and for dessert you definitely shouldn’t miss the Far Breton, a sweet cake specialty of the French region Brittany (or Bretagne as it is known in France).

As an appetizer and to go with your prosecco aperol glass of wine, you can decide between 3 “planchettes” : the “Apéro” planchette: if you like olives you will definitely love the Tapenade. Originally coming from the south of France, the tapenade is a mix of green and black olive paste served on roasted little tartines,  the “Charcuterie” planchette, which is a choice of french “wurst” and  -of course- the Cheese planchette.

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After enjoying your apéritif,  have a look at the slate menu and be ready for a real french gastronomy experience! The menu is changing on a regular basis, using products of the current season. For instance next week, the chef will be offering mussels from Mont-Saint-Michel.

We decided to start our evening with a seafood verrine: shrimps, calamari and mussels served with marinated corn… a real bliss for the eyes as well as for the taste buds.

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As main dish, the Sour One continued with seafood and ordered a fish duo loup de mer /sea robin on a bed of onions and citrus fruits fondue. Again a beautifully composed meal, full of flavours.

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I decided to go for the duck confit, a specialty of the South-West of France where I come from. No disapointment: the meat was well cooked and accompanied with delicious roasted potatoes and salad.

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The Verdict:

Rive Gauche is a good French cooking experience in Munich with no need to  deal with unfriendly French waiters travel to Paris! Rive Gauche is probably one of our favourite places in town: the atmosphere is simple, the food is good at a reasonable price (about 20EUR per person) and the staff friendly. Voulez-vous diner avec moi ce soir?

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What the Sour One thought:

From my side,  1 point slightly tainted the performance of the evening: the long-ish waiting time for the main dish – all good things come to those who can wait… the wait was worth it!

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Finding Rive Gauche:

 

Thalkirchner Str. 11
80337 München ·
Tel. 089 / 23 23 18 98
Website: http://www.rive-gauche.biz

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Bistro Rive Gauche, French Delicacies in Glockenbach (oh la la!)
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  1. Nikonoel

    “As main dish, the Sour One continued with seafood and ordered a fish duo loup de mer /sea robin on a bed of onions and citrus fruits fondue. Again a beautifully composed meal, full of flavours.” ==> it also looks very small and must be feeling very lonely in the middle of the plate!

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