We ate our first German dinner in Frankfurt at Adolf Wagner’s, where we enjoyed lovely garden seating and traditional cuisine; my dining partner ordered their “green sauce”, a seven-herb and yogurt sauce unique to the city! As in most German restaurants, they sat us at long tables with benches, and we made friends with the three people sitting next to us over apple wine, another unique Frankfurt treat. It may not seem to have much alcohol content, but by the end of dinner and our earthenware pitcher of tangy, thin wine, I couldn’t feel the tip of my nose!
The bathroom was wonderful, but unfortunately, the photographs don’t capture the ambience as well as I would have liked. The highlight and most prominent feature is the little potted tree sitting in the corner by the entrance, glowing green in the soft, indirect light emanating from behind the mirrors. The dimly illuminated dark wood, brick, and gray metals felt rich and elegant, and of course, the floor to ceiling water closet doors added to the sense of being in the private bathroom of a wealthy estate. It felt quiet and still, and remote from the active dining room. Very much an oasis of privacy!
There was something about the overall shape of the room, which you saw stretched out before you as you descended the stairs, that felt like a room in a ship. It was long and the side walls curved slightly, with the men’s and women’s rooms nestled along each side.
Embedded in this elegance was one hilarious out-of-place feature: paper towels printed with advertisements! I was reminded of diner menus in the US that are used as little ad-spaces for local businesses. It was kind of surreal to dry my hands with what looked a little like a page from a newspaper.
The restaurant, with it’s patio, patrons and food, was a great experience, and I was pleased that the experience continued seamlessly in and out of the restroom. Thank you, Adolf Wagner!