With the Mercedes-AMG GT S in Munich.
An excursion to the “Viktualienmarkt”.
After our trip through the idyllic pre-alpine countryside, we finally reach the Bavarian state capital. A look at the clock shows that we are a little early, so we make a detour to Munich’s daily market which goes by the name of “Viktualienmarkt”. An extremely diverse spectrum of fare is on offer here, from fruit and vegetable stands to delicacies and fish specialities. After a stroll around the market we take a souvenir photo with the Mercedes-AMG GT S. We park the car close to the market – it is only a couple of minutes’ walk from here to our destination: the “Mandarin Oriental Hotel Munich”.
New benchmarks in fine dining.
The opening of the “Matsuhisa” Restaurant in Munich sets new benchmarks in fine dining. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is renowned worldwide for exceptional restaurant concepts and its successful collaborations with international star chefs. In Munich, the entire catering area, including the lobby lounge and bar, has been refurbished in connection with the opening of the new restaurant. The Dutch design studio “FG stijl” has created an exceptional setting in which warm shades of brown and gold combined with minimalist furniture showcase exquisite Asian highlights.
One such highlight is the movable screen made of spruce wood, which can be used to offer a little seclusion for a large private dining table in the middle of the restaurant.
The star chef and his dream car.
At the opening of his first restaurant in Germany at the “Mandarin Oriental Munich”, Japanese star chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa admits to being a keen car enthusiast and explains that his dream car ever since his childhood days has always been a Mercedes. His first car in Peru was a Chevrolet, but the culinary globetrotter has since progressed to a Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG – so it’s no surprise that his eyes light up when he discovers the brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT S in matt selenite grey outside the hotel.
A self-confessed petrol-head: “Nobusan” tests the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
Nobu is enthralled as soon as he takes his seat in the elegant, sporty interior of the top-of-the-range AMG model. Elegant, stylish and sporty, the car exudes an accomplished blend of motorsport and luxury. After starting up the 510 hp engine, the master of Japanese cuisine can’t wait to set off on a trip through sunny Munich. During the journey Nobu talks about his love of driving through the mountains of his native Japan, where he retreats to a solitary mountain lodge when time allows. On such journeys, he enjoys listening to relaxed lounge music, with an occasional switch to the Rolling Stones on faster stretches.
“Nobusan”, as he is respectfully known to his closer acquaintances, is delighted to be driving the classy vehicle through the streets of Munich. He smiles and enjoys the impressive sports car – for him, this is a reward for hard work and unflagging discipline.
After the excursion we return to the hotel, where Nobu tells us that, while he enjoys travelling, a dinner with his family is at the top of his wish list. It took a long time for his now legendary dishes such as the “Black Cod” or his “Nobu Tacos” to attain international recognition. His signature mix of supreme quality, simple preparation and ingenious combinations has made him one of the most famous and most sought-after chefs worldwide – and what car manufacturer could fit better into this picture than the brand bearing the Mercedes star?
Hand-finished in Affalterbach, every AMG sports car is a similarly unique and exquisite creation, from the engine down to the finest points of detail.
Haute cuisine and the fine art of car making.
We round off our trip with a brief evening excursion to the Munich gourmet restaurant “Tantris”, which has been well-known throughout Germany since 1971 by virtue of its excellent cuisine and its extravagant design. Here we meet an old friend of the Japanese chef: Hans Haas, star chef of the “Tantris”, and Nobu met in Switzerland 16 years ago. After dining together, we take our leave of “Nobusan”. For the top chef and petrol-head, the day in Munich with the Mercedes-AMG GT S was a fantastic experience. We are convinced that haute cuisine and the fine art of car making are a perfect match.