Visionary gastronomy queen Sandra Forster has been shaping Munich’s food scene with her creative concepts since 2000. A Munich local, she’s the mastermind behind many of the city’s legendary restaurants like Roecklplatz, the nightclub Kong, Vietnamese restaurant Charlie, the Kismet and the famous Blitz.
As with each of Sandra’s gastronomic endeavours, the idea and the concept originate intuitively with her, but she’s never afraid of getting her hands dirty to get the new concept up and running. And with so few women in Munich’s gastronomy scene, Sandra serves as an inspiration for those wanting to follow their intuition and start something of their own.
When she’s not flashing her charisma in one of her restaurants, Sandra loves spending time relaxing by the Isar. To her, the river serves as the city’s heart and most of her life takes place by the riverside.
"I love to sunbake on the warm pebble stones after swimming in the Isar."
Recognisable from afar, Charlie introduces itself in friendly cinematic typography: "Hello, my name is Charlie". Located in an old Bavarian inn in the Au, this trendy Vietnamese restaurant champions a menu that is small, fresh and largely organic; think Vietnamese FonDue and lucky rolls. The traditional "Boazn" interior has been revitalised with a fresh coat of paint and wood accents to give its own urban edge. On Saturday’s in the cellar bar, guests can dance till the early hours of the morning - but only for those who manage to pass one of Munich's strictest doors.
Roecklplatz, located in the Dreimühlenviertel, holds a special place in Munich’s restaurant scene. Since 2008, the restaurant has opened its doors to young people from difficult social backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to take part in vocational training for the gastronomy industry. High-quality cuisine, modern ambience and a cosy atmosphere characterise the restaurant, while trainers and apprentices run it together as a team. Don’t miss out on the colourful salads!
Opened in a 120-year-old traditional pastry shop, trendy vegetarian restaurant Kismet offers a cosy, oriental atmosphere in the heart of Munich. The atmosphere is unique: the high tiled walls of the old bakery have been painted emerald green, the chairs have been sandblasted and reupholstered and the space is drenched in candlelight. Rather than the traditional Moscow Mule, guests are served the Marrakech Mule alongside delicious tajin, mezze and gözlem.
Located in the former Forum of the Deutsches Museum, the Blitz is a successful Latin American-inspired restaurant, bar and club, fusing vegetarian cuisine, social commitment and an eccentric aesthetic. Think vibrant walls, hand-painted in the Mexican Día de los Muertos style, and quirky furniture by designer Stefan Diez. True to Sandra’s signature style, there’s always an element of surprise: the guacamole is prepared at the table in front of guests and the homemade daiquiris are a blast. On Saturday’s guests can finish off the night with a boogie in the club next door.