In May 2015, Munich’s diverse fine-dining scene added a new destination. Restaurateur Thomas Hirschberger and his wife Gunilla fulfilled their dream by opening a high-quality steakhouse, just around the corner from the Isartor gate called Little London. Visiting the restaurant, you can expect an ambitious cuisine with a range of grill specialties, delicious desserts and an extraordinarily varied wine list.
The name Little London is extremely fitting: the made-in-the-UK ambiance puts you in mind of a dignified private members’ club. In the foyer, you find a classic pub in the style of a hotel lobby which leads to several restaurant areas, each with its own individual decor, but all united by an unmistakably British style. According to manager and sommelier Mario Pargger, you can tell that the Hirschbergers have a soft spot for London. This creation is the jewel in their crown and they have no plans to expand—unlike restaurant chains Sausalitos and Hans im Glück, Little London will remain one of a kind.
As you would expect from a steakhouse, the meat takes center stage on the menu with more than a dozen varieties. Grill specialties range from premium ribeye or porterhouse steak from Nebraska, to T-bone and tomahawk steaks from Irish Black Angus beef, to saddle of lamb carved at your table. But it’s the special cooking method that really sets Little London apart. The meat is cooked using a Montague infrared grill from the U.S. which is the first of its kind in Munich. The grill gets extremely hot, reaching temperatures of up to 982°C. But no matter their size, steaks can be cooked in an extremely short amount of time and become especially tender and succulent while developing an intense smoky flavor.
If you’re looking for something lighter, there are also seafood dishes on the menu, including, as you can expect, fish and chips. The definitive British specialty is served in the traditional way, complete with malt vinegar and mushy peas. Little London works with selected partners to serve fresh seasonal and regional side dishes alongside its main meals.
Once you’ve selected your main dish, the search for the perfect wine pairing is a pleasure in itself, thanks to the seemingly endless wine list. A wine devotee for the past 20 years, wine specialist Mario Pargger took great pride in compiling a list which, in his own words, “is probably one-of-a-kind in Munich in terms of structure and style.” 160 different wines are arranged by theme, such as the “Fabulous 7,” encompassing seven grape varieties that are cultivated on every continent.
The restaurant also boasts an 11-meter-long bar carved from oak, where guests can choose from a vast selection of varieties of whiskey, rum, and vodka as well as cocktail classics and a range of beers. For gin aficionados the restaurant hosts private tasting sessions that can be booked from Sunday to Wednesday for groups of at least six people. You can taste seven original creations as long drinks alongside a variety of canapes. Afterwards, you can discover their favorite gins from the restaurant’s selection, which spans about 100 different varieties.
If you’re looking for something extra special from your next meal out in Munich, Little London proves to be an outstanding destination to try.