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I make no secret of my love of German food - which is fortunate given that it's my adopted culture!
Germans do fabulous fast food, with numerous variations on a bread and sausage theme. The unlikely sounding currywurst is the national passion, and in fact some people are so obsessive about it that a currywurst museum has been established in Berlin (which I've unfortunately not yet had the chance to visit).
Currywurst is essentially a thick boiled sausage that is slathered with a curry sauce and served with a crusty brotchen (bread roll). The sauce bears little resemblance to the curries that Indian or Brits would recognise, and is generally piquant and mildly spicy rather than chilli-hot (although there are exceptions to this rule). The blandness of the sausage and bread offset by the 'kick' of the sauce is a delicious combination, and is so addictive that a dyed-in-the-wool South African friend of mine who's married to a German staggers home from each trip with as many large bottles of currywurst sauce as he can fit into his suitcase!
And the lake water? Well, a local speciality that you'll see on drinks menus in Hamburg is Alsterwasser - a reference to the Alster lake in the city. This is not as alarming as it sounds: Alsterwasser is a beer shandy (known as a 'radler' elsewhere in Germany), and at only a couple of % alcohol content, is the perfect refreshing drink for hot summer days, such as the sweltering afternoon when the photo above was taken.
Hamburg has a long city partnership with Shanghai. In 2004 the building of an intercultural center was started. When it was finished it was the famous Yu-Garden teahouse of shanghai rebuilt in Hamburg. Just behind the Etnological Museum the Yu Garden is a completely Chinese construction, which looks a bit strange in this neighborhood with typical German cityhouses.
Inside you find a teahouse, a restaurant with Shanghai Cuisine and a big hall, where festivals and lectures are being hold. It is very nice location. China Tours uses it for events and lecture, also the Hamburgian Konfuzius-Institute has their meetings here.
Favorite Dish: The ffod is shanghai and average Chinese cuisine. The staff is very, very Chinese. They are not very well trained, maybe they are state employees of PR China. I do not know for sure. The girls give the restaurant the atmosphere of a state run restaurant in China. But the food is ok.
Essen und Trinken
This market hall kind of place offers all nationalities. Chinese, Italian, Greek, German and Asian cuisines are here under one roof. It´s cheap and good. Good for a lunch break during shopping.....
Favorite Dish: Chicken in hot chili sauce
This restaurant was founded in 1795 actually by an English sailor. They serve a very good German food. It stands just in fron of the famous St. Michael church. Its only a 15 minute's walk from the city center towards the harbor. If you ask about St Michael, everybody knows where it is. It has a very rich and sea-men's life style of decoration inside. The servers are nice and friendly.
Favorite Dish: I like their fish food and Local german typoical food. All taste nice with either beer or wine. The price is not cheap but reasonable. I have presently consultancy work in Hamburg and whenever I am there, I visit this restaurant.
The Tafelhaus used to be located in an industrial area in the west of Hamburg. It was a rather small restaurant with extremely friendly and knowledgable staff and the food was excellent. The guests ranged from business men in black suits all the way to sometimes even jeans and sweater people, but they all had one thing in common: they just love good food!
In May 2004 the Tafelhaus moved to another location: they are now in Altona Neumühlen in a place with a spectacular view of the Elbe River. When we went there in July 2005 we were quite curious - and a little scared, too - would it be the same as "our" small Tafelhaus?
Well, no, it wasn't! It was very nice, but not the same as the old place: the view was spectacular and that's what makes the Tafelhaus a top location now. The food was very good, but not as gourmet as it used to be (and we found the helpings a little smaller than back then). The staff was friendly and knowlegeable, but the all in all atmosphere was a little impersonal.
For "first timers" I would still highly recommend this place both for the location and the food, but we will not go there again, because it has changed from a small intimate gourmet restaurant to a high class tourist restaurant.
A small but uncrowded Persian restaurant near the ZOB (Bus Station) in Hamburg. This isnt a Persian restaurant run by Germans but run by an Iranian family. It has lovely atmosphere and even better food. The menu is in German and Persian language. The staff is friendly and accomodating.
A great place to stop after a visit to the Museum of Kunst and Gewerbe which is on the other side of the ZOB.
Open daily 12:00-22:30
Favorite Dish: The chicken in pomegranate sauce with saffan rice.
This restaurant located nearly at the end of the "Fish Market", also a few more choices around the square, but why you need the second best, if you find the best restaurant around!? The restaurant is decorated like a fisherman's place. Do ask for the best place in the restaurant. I saw a cabin- like table at the end of the restaurant and it has a view to the habour! Please make a reservation during weekend!
Favorite Dish: The most important is the food there. As usual, I don't recommend others for any particular dishes. Everyone has his or her own taste. I'd tried the lobster soup and steamed fish......and they're excellent!
ANNA is not far from "Hanse Viertel". Just next to the tiny canal and if you book your table early enough, you can sit right next to the window side. From the street Bleichenbruecke and follow the stairs down to the entrance of Toscana in Hamburg! The restaurant gave me a warm and comfortable feeling. It has been recommended by the famous "Michelin Restaurant Guide".
Favorite Dish: Didn't remember exactly, but both my mom and me were satisfied and wanted to go there again!
The best foodcourt I know, like a really international restaurant. You get Italian, Chinese (love the chicken!), German, Japanese, Greek.....whatever there.
It's self service and rather cheap. In summer you can sit outside.
Favorite Dish: Crispy Chicken with Sweet Chili sauce