Auerbachs Keller, Leipzig


I was in Leipzig with work last week. My schedule was very light as we only have one client there, which left plenty of free time for sightseeing and enjoying the hotel’s pool and sauna. My colleague had done some research on restaurants and suggested “Auerbachs Keller” in the Mädlerpassage, the second oldest (but best known) restaurant in the city.

I recognised the name from Goethe’s play Faust, as this is one of the places Mephistopheles takes Faust on their travels. It’s also said to have been one of Goethe’s favourite wine bars when he was a student.

Enough of literature though, and to the food. The local dishes of roast meat and potatoes looked a bit on the heavy side, so I went for perch filet which came with a grape sauce, cabbage and rice. My colleague had medallions of deer which came with cabbage, mushrooms and fried potato dumplings. We both drank the local pilsner Ur-Krostitzer Premium, admired the various figures from Goethe’s Faust on the walls, and noted we were considerably younger than everyone else in the restaurant!

Next week I’m off to Moscow, and shall report back on what I find…..