donau gourmet: genuine german cooking

A friend from Union Church of Manila, Ms. Jeannette Smit, recommended that I try out the German dishes at her daughter Marietta Sager’s recently-opened restaurant, Donau Gourmet. So last Friday (March 7), I took my friend Adelle along for lunch and to meet Marietta.

The restaurant opened last January 31. Located at Amorsolo Mansion, Amorsolo Street, in Makati, its facade is modest and unassuming. Larger signage is in the works. It’s right across Mile-Long Plaza.

The place is cozy and intimate. The dining area shares space with racks for German groceries.

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Marietta is tall and slim, and always smiling. A Dutch-Indonesian who grew up in the Philippines and married a German chef, she considers herself very much “Pinay”. She explains that after years of living in Hong Kong, Singapore, and other places where her husband was employed, she felt returning to the Philippines was “coming home”. Putting up Donau Gourmet was a natural offshoot of their deli business – Donau Deli – which manufactures authentic-tasting German sausages and cold cuts.

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The store also carries German and other European wines.

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Chalkboards on the wall announce the day’s specials and other featured dishes or products.

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The cooking is robust and hearty, and, Marietta emphasizes, authentically German in taste and preparation. The entrees mainly revolve around the deli offerings, but once in a while they prepare Asian dishes that hearken back to Marietta’s multicultural upbringing and experiences.

A meal starts off with a bowl of Hungarian goulash. It’s a flavorful and meaty soup, full of beef and vegetable chunks.

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A simple salad provides a cooling counterpoint to the savory soup.

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One of their most popular dishes is the Curry Sausage with Fries. Don’t be misled by the name – German curry is nothing at all like the green sauce on “chicken curry” that we are familiar with. This dish is terrific!

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The Spiral Sausage on a Bed of Sauerkraut and Pineapple is another must-try.

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Donau Gourmet is open Monday to Saturday, 730am to 6pm.

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3 Comments on donau gourmet: genuine german cooking

  1. Mickey Ericsson
    15 April 2008 at 12:23 pm (4302 days ago)

    Please contact me,,i like some info about your products..
    Best regards..Mickey..

  2. Kei
    27 August 2008 at 11:55 pm (4167 days ago)

    Hello, there!

    We would appreciate it if you can send us the contact numbers of Donau Gourmet at )917.401.3380.

    We would like to enquire regarding a dinner get-together there.

    SUperthanks!
    Kei

  3. beverly lazo
    26 October 2009 at 8:20 am (3743 days ago)

    pls send me the number of Donau Gourmet. thanks!

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