Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality group, has announced it will be opening its first property in mainland Europe, Jumeirah Frankfurt. The property will be welcoming its first guest in August, while the Grand Opening is scheduled for September.
One of the main goals of Dagmar Woodward, general manager of Jumeirah Frankfurt, is to turn the hotel into a gastronomical destination. With the appointment of Martin Steiner as executive chef, this dream is becoming a reality and the Austrian national will soon enrich Frankfurt's culinary scene thanks to the hotel's signature restaurant, "Max on One".
After having completed a professional chef apprenticeship in his home town in Austria, Martin Steiner started his career in Germany, where he worked at the Stromburg for two years. He soon moved on to work for luxury hospitality brands such as Relais & Chateau, Savoy and Kempinski. 12 years after his time at the Stromburg, celebrity chef Johann Lafer remembered the talent and commitment of the young chef and brought him back into his team in 2008 to head the Michelin starred gourmet restaurant Val D'Or.
For his latest challenge, the 32-year old will be supported by a superb group of colleagues in a stunning restaurant, designed by leading Japanese designer Takashi Sugimoto and his team at Super Potato. "Max On One" is divided into an open kitchen, a private dining area, two walk-in wine cubes and a steakhouse front-grill, creating a contemporary, urban atmosphere in the centre of Frankfurt. The restaurant name highlights the cultural connection to Emperor Maximilian I. (Max). The founder of the German postal system worked closely with the Thurn und Taxis family, who later established their headquarters at the Thurn und Taxis Palais, adjacent to the hotel. "On One" indicates the location of the restaurant on the first floor.
Chef Martin Steiner puts a strong emphasis on the creative reinterpretation of regional dishes while incorporating Austrian influences. The menu reads imaginative creations such as "apple wine-risotto" with poached char and horse radish foam or grilled zander in pepper sauce and roasted gnocchi, "ahle wurscht" and caraway foam.
Next to "Max On One", the hotel in central Frankfurt features a vibrant cafe, evoking the charme of Paris' elegant bistros. With direct access to the shopping mall MyZeil, it is open throughout the day and offers light snacks, fine pastries as well as champagne and selected wines to cater to Frankfurt's metropolitan crowd.
The 5 star hotel in Frankfurt features a lobby bar on the ground floor which invites hotel guests and locals to spend some time in a relaxed atmosphere. For more exclusive events, conferences and meetings as well as private celebrations, a separate floor and dedicated event managers are on hand. The venues on the third floor cover a total area of 730 m2 and include an impressive ballroom featuring a ceiling with more than 100,000 crystals and a panoramic view of the Frankfurt skyline.