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The Michelin-starred Restaurant Mark in the lovely Mandarin Oriental hotel (see “Where to Stay,” above) is the absolute antithesis of Munich’s loud and lively beer hall restaurants, where you have to shout to be heard, share tables, and can’t always be certain when your waiter (or your food) will appear. Located on the second floor and approached by a sweeping marble staircase, the Mark is quiet and elegant, with crisp linen tablecloths and a staff that at times seems to be attuned by ESP to their guests’ needs. This is a restaurant that defines the fine-dining side of Munich, and a place to come when you want to enjoy a romantic evening, celebrate a special occasion, or simply to revel in top-quality food and wine served with consummate professionalism. Chef Simon Larese prepares classic French dishes inspired by the tastes and traditions of the Mediterranean—and with an occasional nod to Asia, where he worked at other Michel-starred restaurnats for many years. You can choose from a seasonally adjusted a la carte menu or a monthly changing tasting menu with 3 or 6 courses. Dinner here always begins with an amuse bouche to tease the palette and ends with complimentary sweets. For a starter, try the fois gras parfait with salted pear, goat cheese fcream, and brioche, or the pan-fried scallops with Alba truffle spuma and a leek-parmesan-nut crunch, or the delicious pumpkin cream soup with cinnamon flower and lobster won tons. Entrees might include poached Dover sole with potato mousseline and watercress, a seasonal saddle of venison with semolina dumpling and turnip greens with a Rouenaise sauce; or a beef tenderloin with truffle sauce, mashed potatoes and baked beans with bacon. Dessert always includes cheese and homemade chutneys or sweeter options like Vacherin (meringue filled with whipped cream, ice cream, and fruit). The sommelier will help you pair your feast with the perfect wine.