Guantanamera: Best Cuban in Germany
This is steaks, and Cuban cuisine with music to boot. A blast passing by on business , wondered out into the town and bingo;so sad did not carry a camera for photos.
This is a restaurant and cocktail bar, with latin american specialties, like Argentinian steaks, and Spanish tapas, and Peruvian specialties, you have live music from salsa to merengue.
a lively place to be and the food is good.
Favorite Dish: had me the argentinian rumsteak and onions, and flan, and nice hefeweizen dunkel beer.Related to:
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Restaurants in Germany (general)
If you are hungry, you will get something to eat – that’s for sure. But be aware of several things, which I think are special for Germany.
Restaurant opening hours can vary, but tend to have a few similarities:
Lunch: 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. (maybe already 11:30 a.m. and up to 2:30 p.m.)
Dinner: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (maybe already 5:30 p.m. up to 11 p.m.).
The restaurants themselves might be open longer, but these are the hours, until which the kitchen is open = you will be served with warm meals.
Usually, there is no seating order or someone, who will bring you to a table – just pick out a table and seat yourself. If there is no free table available, just ask people at tables with available space and they usually agree. You could ask “Ist hier noch frei” or simply “may I please” and point to the chairs.
You won’t get water until you ask for (as opposed to US and some other countries). BUT – if you are used to still water at home, make sure you ask for Leitungswasser = tap water, as this is for free. Don’t accept a no or a grumpy face from the waiter ! Restaurants in Germany are obliged to serve tap water if wanted. I myself hate sparkling mineral water, so I will always ask for tap water. If a waiter tries to tell me no, I get up, smile gruesome and say goodbye. Usually, this works wonders. Note that any other mineral water will be charged!
Favorite Dish: If you have a coffee, make sure you know that there are no further servings for free (as opposed to US and other countries). Each cup of coffee will be charged. Also be aware that the size of a cup in Germany can be rather small - see my photo of a Tasse Kaffee = cup of coffee. You can, however, ask for a Kännchen Kaffee (=small can of coffee), this would be 2 cups. They are usually listed on the menu as well. Or just look around to see if guests have ordered coffee to see the cup sizes. Oh, and as opposed to Italy, there is no glass of (free) water served with your espresso. Some restaurants, cafés or bars however, do this in the meantime.
There is no special cover charge (as opposed to Italy). Service is included, tax as well.
We don’t have rules for tipping – but if you are satisfied with the service, feel free to tip. If you want to leave a tip, round up or give around 10%.
If you pay with credit card, be aware that the waiter/waitress might not benefit from the tip if you add it to your bill. I usually leave the amount on the credit card bill as it is and leave the the tip as cash separately to make sure that the waiter/waitress will get the tip.
© Ingrid D., April 2007 (text revamp Dec. 2010).Related to:
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Alt Giessen Gasthaus Brewerei: Beer, Giessen and good food
This is the only restaurant in the town that makes its own beer so of course it was on my to do list when my wife and I visited the town on a nice Saturday afternoon in August of 2013. It is located close to pedestrian area and close to all the major attractions in the town.
The first thing to know is there is free parking at their location. The second thing is they have a nice beer garden nicely shaded that works well on a warm, sunny day. Finally, their menu is extensive but not in English, so if your German is as poor as mine, you may want to go to their website and review the menu before you go (got to love Google Translate).
I had their “ein paar Bauernbratwürste mit Sauerkraut and kartofflelstampf” which translates into a pair of sausages with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. It was delicious and well worth the wait since they messed up my order and tried to serve me white sausages instead. My wife also enjoyed her lunch which was a potato dish with veggies and cheese sauce.
Now for the reason for going: their beer. They have a beer probe (beer tasting) so you can try four of their beers without getting wasted. The four beers are their Hell, Dunkle, Weizen and Dunkle Weizen or in English, Pils, Dark, Wheat, and dark wheat. I enjoyed three of them but their dunkle tasted slightly burnt. They were also brewing a special beer, a Dunkle Mehrkorn Weizen. It was a wheat beer which also contained several other grains in the malt. It was really good and highly recommend it if they happen to be brewing it during your visit.
Service wasn’t great but the beer and food made up it. Recommend you give it a try if you in the area.
Favorite Dish: If you like Sauerkraut try the dish I mention above.Related to:
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Waldhaus Wilhelm: Ultimate culinary delights in Palatinate
In the hotel section I have already described our delightful stay at Waldhaus Wilhelm and how much I liked the restaurant. It is time now to describe our culinary experience, which definitely exceeded all my expectations, which will bring me back to this hotel many times in the future and which is why I have decided that it must be shown on my Germany page.
On our first evening we arrived rather late and decided to eat in Waldhaus Wilhelm’s restaurant. I had a look on their website before we came. The dishes sounded good but from the site I had expected it to be expensive. What a pleasant surprise that this was not the case! On the first evening our decision was very quick: Lucy liked the chantarelles as much as I do and so we had chantarelles in creamy sauce with bread dumplings (14,50 Euro). It was a very much light meal, although this is usually not the case. But later we learned that Waldhaus Wilhelm’s kitchen has found a way to make dishes taste light! On our next evening originally we had planned to have our dinner in one of the many wine taverns on our way back from Dahn Castlesand Castle Berwartstein. But it was raining very hard and Lucy suggested that we should go back to the hotel and eat there. Obviously she fell in love with the menu. So did I and we went back. This time we had more time to look through the menu. She liked the chantarelles so much that she decided to have a chantarelle risotto while I wanted to show her how the famous Palatinate dish Saumagen looks like and tastes. So I ordered their Saumagen in creamy sauerkraut and balsamico (10 Euro). Oh my ... what a culinary heaven! The sauerkraut tasted so light in the light creamy sauce, something I would never ever have expected. The same applied for the Saumagen pieces. I can easily say that this was the best Saumagen dish I ever had! We treated ourselves with desert this evening. Lucy had a parfait of rhubarb with minced strawberries in a light sweet-sour dressing (sugar and lime juice) and I had a sorbet of strawberries and lemons with fruit decorations (6 Euro). Oh my, what a perfect finish to an excellent meal. Since I didn’t have to drive, we could sample excellent Riesling wine, 5 Euro for half a litre.
I cannot repeat it enough: the dishes are heavenly! The staff is very nice and sweet too. All in all I am even convinced that Waldhaus Wilhelm’s cuisine is much better than the famous Deidesheimer Hof (the one where our ex chancellor brought all state visitors to).
I will be back! Definitely!
Location of Waldhaus Wilhelm on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., July 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)Related to:
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Bischofshof Braustuben: Beer, Regensburg and a UNESCO Site
Regensburg is a beautiful city and well worth a visit if you are in Germany. One of the neat things about the city was we never heard an American voice except for the friends we met up with on our visit. If you have some extra time you can walk to the Bischofshof Brewery for a nice lunch or dinner (or a mid-day snack). Located outside the old part of the city, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to walk there but that should just whet your appetite.
It was a very hot summer day when we visited the brewery but the shade trees in their beer garden did a nice job blocking the sun and making the day bearable. The day was made a little hotter since we had trouble finding the place despite having a map and pretty much knowing exactly where it was. Our excuse: the road we were looking for is now a footpath for the first block and not marked.
Service was a little slow at first but we found out it was only the servers third day working there and she wasn’t checking the beer garden very often. After she realized we were there it improved greatly. It was also interesting to have her look at our menus when we ordered since she wanted to make sure what we were actually ordering. Anyway, the food was good, the beer was okay and the place was nice. Worth a stop if you have the time and a good GPS.
Favorite Dish: You should try their “Zoigl” beer since it is the 1001 Beers to Taste before you Die book. It is a Kellerbier which I’m not that fond of and wasn’t that fond of this one. However I can now check it off my list.Related to:
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Weisses Brauhaus: Beer, Kelheim and the oldest Wheat Beer Brewery
Weisses Brauhaus is the oldest Weissbier (wheat beer) brewery in the world. According the ADAC Germany City Guide book, at the beginning of the 17th century it was one of the few breweries allowed to produce this type of beer, which is native to Bavaria. As a result, Kelheim became known well beyond the borders of Baveria. Since it was so famous we had to stop there for lunch after touring the town.
Since it was a very hot day (especially for Germany) we decided to eat in their beer garden under some nice shade trees. The atmosphere was nice, their menu was fairly extensive and the service was quick and friendly. I had their salad with stripes of ham and cheese (very tasty) while my wife had baked potato smothered in sour cream with a salad on the side. Since I was driving I could only try one of their beers so I picked their original wheat beer. It wasn’t bad especially since the day was so warm. My wife had a white wine mixed with soda water which came in a huge drinking glass.
Favorite Dish: Normally I would suggest the beer but this time I'm going to say try the salad with the ham and cheese. I'm not a salad type of guy but I really enjoyed this one.Related to:
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German Food: German Food
Since moving to Germany I've eaten more Italian food than ever before. That should tell you something about what I think of German food. Germans like to look down on other nations, particularly Britain, in regards to their food, but it is not much to write home about here either. It's your typical northern European fare: hefty dishes of meat and vegetables designed to combat the cold climate.
The main problem with German food is it lacks subtlety. German food is like Indian art: heavy handed and overdone. The meals have too much salt, the drinks too much acid, and the desserts too much sugar. On top of that everything seems to be pork based, and of course the Germans love their sausages.
The worst offender for pork fixation is Bavaria. Here non-pork dishes are almost unheard of, and everything gets infected by it. Even the Italian restaurants put it into their Bolognese sauce, to the great offence of their Italian patrons, because beef is so hard to get hold of in the state. To give you an idea of just how important pigs are to Bavarians, I shall tell you the two biggest news stories to hit the small Bavarian town of Coburg in the last year.
First of all the mother of all storms blew into Coburg in July of 2005. Not one, but two super cells collided over the city to produce hurricane like conditions never before seen in the town. Thankfully nobody was hurt during this brief but violent storm, except for one incident. On the outskirts of town a pig pen was struck by lightning and all 900 pigs burned to death, leaving a smell of bacon hovering over the town.
Secondly, one morning a small village on the outskirts of Coburg awoke to the most disgusting smell they had every experienced. It was the putrid rancid smell of pig manure. A huge great container of rotting pig manure had exploded and the village had filled up with green stinking sludge. There was so much that many houses were buried under a meter or more of it. They had to be evacuated.
Favorite Dish: The best thing to do then is try the best German restaurant you can find, and then after that you can rest easy, your travel conscience salved by trying the local fare. Instead you can try the many fantastic Italian restaurants run by Germany's huge expat community, and the equally fantastic Turkish takeaways. Mix in the occasional sausage stall, and you have yourself a varied and tasty diet.
Apart from Italian and Turkish, German cities don't tend to have a lot of other foreign food. You can usually find Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican, American and Greek in most towns, along with a smattering of various Eastern European fare, from Croatia to Russia, but don't expect too much. The Germans are pretty conservative in their tastes, and so even the spicy Indian and Thai food can become watered down and salted.
The big cities are the best. Places like Frankfurt are so multicultural that there are restaurants of many kinds, from Ethiopian to Japanese, but even here don't expect the same kind of variety you'd get in London, New York or Melbourne.
Beer, Distelhäuser Brauerei and Kristall-Weizen: Kristall Weizen Beer
My “1001 Beers to Taste before You Die” book says this brewery has one of the best examples of the German wheat beer style and, since it is less than two hours drive from my house, I decided I needed to try this beer. Since we got a late start we arrived at the brewery restaurant just in time for lunch so we decided to try their food as well as their beer.
When we first walked I mentioned that their Kristall Weizen beer (a filtered wheat beer) was in the 1001 beers book so when we sat down at our table two samples of the beer were placed at our table to sample. Their menu was not that extensive but they do brew 19 different beers which you can sample by buying their beer probe (3 small glasses). Not all the beers are on tap. Some only come in a bottle. I decided to try their pils, Kellerbier, and Landbeir. All three were okay but nothing special. My wife had a salad with chicken strips and I ended up getting a schnitzel with potatoes. Again, nothing special.
After lunch, I was able to purchase several of their bottled beers to sample at home. A six-pack cost five Euros (about seven dollars).
Since I didn’t mention it earlier, the Kristall Weizen beer wasn’t that great.
Favorite Dish: I guess you need to try their Kristal-Weizen beer so you can let me know what you think of it.Related to:
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Sophie's Brauhaus: Local Brewery in Stuttgart
We visited Sophie's Brauhaus for lunch on a cold and rainy Saturday before heading over to Stuttgart's Spring Festival (Fruhlingsfest). The brewery restaurant is located in a pedestrian area and was a little hard to find as was finding a place to park. The beer and the food made up for this inconveniencey but I don't plan on making a special trip back there because of the limited parking.
Anyway, the food was very tasty and the menu selection was extensive. The locally-brewed beer (I had the Helles) was pretty good.
Favorite Dish: Try one of their Maultashen dishes. These are large pasta squares that are a specialty of the Stuttgart area. At least that seems to be the only place I find them on the menu.Related to:
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Hofgut Kronenhof: Beer, Bad Homburg and Zeppelins
If you are visiting the Frankfurt area I suggest plan to spend a couple of hours in Bad Homburg to walk the parks, visit the palace and take in the impressive churches. If you would like to try some locally brewed beer, give the Hofgut Kronenhof a try.
My wife and I stopped at the brewery restaurant early on a Sunday afternoon so we could grab some lunch and I could try their beer before we went into the town. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere with strands of hops (we think they were real) draped all over place and the servers were nice. I tried their Hell and their wheat beer and I found both lacking in taste. They were okay but nothing to write home about. The food was okay. My meal of Bamberger sausages with sauerkraut was pretty good but my wife’s thin crust pizza (flammkuchen) was slightly burnt on the bottom. There was one thing that really did stand out and that was the number of children in the place. Usually you don’t see German children in restaurants Dogs yes, children no. However this place was certainly the exception and it was strange enough that I asked our server about it. She said every Sunday was like this and she made a gesture that she wasn’t happy about it. So if you are in the Frankfurt area on a Sunday and have a gaggle of kids you need to feed, stop by the Hofgut Kronenhof.
As for the zeppelins, there is some connection between these giant airships and the restaurant since there were photos of them on their walls. My German is not good enough to decipher the relationship so let me know if you figure it out.Related to:
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Drayß Back- & Brauhaus: Beer, Lorsch and an Abbey in Scaffolding
It took me a little over two years but I think I just found one of my favorite brewery restaurants in Germany and, to my surprise, it is only 11 miles from my house and next to an UNESCO World Heritage site. Drayß Back- & Brauhaus is located in the small town of Lorsch which is also home to the Abbey of Lorsch, one of the most renowned monasteries of the Caroligian Empire (according to Wikipedia) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.
We have now been to the restaurant on two occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed both visits. The servers are nice, the food is delicious and the beer excellent. As for the beer: on our first visit, which was a Saturday lunch, I started off with their dark bock beer and thought it was pretty good even though I’m not a big fan of bock beers. Then I tried their wheat beer and fell in love with the place. It had a nice full flavor and went don’t smoothly. On our second trip, dinner on a Friday evening with friends, I tried their Helles beer which was good (again, I’m not a big Helles drinker) and then switched back to their wheat beer. My wife ordered wine which they purchase from the Bergstrasse wine region near our home.
Now for the food: they have a nice selection of traditional German dishes to include the thin-crust pizza – Flammkuchen. All the food we ordered was delicious and reasonably priced. The one dish I will mention was their apple strudel with ice cream. Two of our company who were visiting Germany for the first time ordered this dish and were extremely happy with their choice of dessert. The presentation was artfully done (I liked the ice cream scoop sitting on top of a slice of apple) and taste was fantastic (according to them).
So if you are interested in seeing some history and enjoying a great German meal (or just some great German beer) plan a trip to Lorsch and spend some time enjoying the town and Drayß. As for the comment about the scaffolding in my title, we have been to see the Lorsch Abbey on three different occasions and it is always covered in scaffolding. Hopefully we will actually get to see it before we leave in two and half years.
Favorite Dish: If you are hungry go for their Grilled Plate. It has three types of meat (not counting the bacon wrapped around the green beans) and roasted potatoes.
Kleines Rumpsteak, Schweinefilet und Hähnchenbrust, Kräuterbutter mit grünen Bohnen und RöstkartoffelnRelated to:
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Brauhaus Ehrstein: Beer, Hinterweidenthal and a Rock Table
I decide to drag my wife out for a hike on a cold January day in the Platzwald area of Germany which is famous for its rock formations but not for their beer which could be why there are very few breweries in the area. However, I was able to find a small brewery restaurant in the town of Hinterweidenthal which is the location of the “Teufelstisch” or "Devil's Table" rock formation (see my pictures). It is also about 3 miles south of the Gräffenstein Castle ruins near the town Merzalben which was destination of our hike. Due to a rapidly approaching setting of the sun we never did make it to the castle although we did see it in the distance but we did make it to the brewery restaurant where I was able to sample all three beers they brew as well as chow down on a fantastic supper.
The brewery restaurant was a quaint place with a beautiful, if snow-covered, beer garden and a restaurant stuffed with all kinds of mementos. None of the staff spoke English but it didn’t stop of from getting our orders across (pointing at the menu always seems to work) and they were all fairly friendly. Their specialty for Flammkuchen, a thin-crust pizza that comes out on a board and theirs was probably the best I’ve tasted since I’ve been in Germany (Kamen’s restaurant in Mainz also serves a great Flammkuchen). This is what my wife ordered and it was hard for me to not keep stealing bites off her board. I ordered their schnitzel with onions in a dark beer sauce, French fries and a salad. While this was good, I wish I would have ordered a Flammkuchn for myself. There is always next time.
Now for the beer: as I said earlier, this region is not noted for its beer brewing and the beers I tasted were not up to the normal German standards The wheat beer was very weak and almost tasted watery. Their Hell was okay about what you would expect from a small brewery. The dark beer (Dunkel) was the best of the three and I wouldn’t have a problem ordering one the next time I visit the place but nothing to write home about
Overall a good place to stop for a meal after hiking around the area.
Favorite Dish: You have to try their flammkuchen with peperoniwurst which has a good spicy kick to it.Related to:
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Greifenklau: Beer, Bamberg and a New Brew
One our first but definitely not our last trip to Bamberg we ended the day walking to the Greifenklau Brewery Restaurant located a little ways away from the center of town. After a walk up the hill and a 10-minute search for the place since we didn’t read the map correctly we ended up in a lovely little restaurant for a light dinner and a final Franconian beer (the reason for my visit to Bamberg). The restaurant was very nice, with an atmosphere that made you feel you were eating where the locals eat and not the tourists visiting the city. The server was pleasant, cute, and spoke fairly good English while the French fries we ordered really hit the spot and the wheat beer I down wasn’t great but it was drinkable.
The best part of the evening was my invitation to sample a new beer the brew misters were working on. As I ordered my beer the server told me if I wanted a couple of minutes the brew misters would be tapping a new beer they had just finished brewing. I couple of minutes later I saw two gentlemen – found out later that they were father and son – come out of the back room, walk over to the tap and pull a couple of small glasses of beer which they proceeded to sample. I then saw our server talk to the younger man who then came over to our table and asked if I would like to sample their new beer. He was the beer mister for the place having taken over the position from his father – the older man I saw. As I sampled the beer which had a strong pineapple aroma he explained to me in excellent English how he brewed this batch of beer. I think I need to go back to this place to try one of their main dishes and possibly a new Bamberg beer.
Remember you never know when you are going to get lucky, so get out there and visit new breweries, sample their beers, taste their food, and hope you are at the right spot and the right time to try a new beer fresh out of the tap and right from the brew mister’s hand.
Favorite Dish: All we had were fries so I guess I'll say the fries. :)Related to:
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Fässla: Beer, Bamberg and a Dwarf?
Bamberg is famous for its beers, especially its smoked beers. There are eight breweries within walking distance of each other and a ninth is you are into long walks. One of these breweries (and the first one we stopped at on our visit) is called Fässla which brews six different beers (no smoked beers) and serves good food.
We visited the brewery for lunch before we set out on our visit to the town and some –okay – most of the other breweries. Their menu was on a single sheet of paper but the two dishes we ordered were very tasty. My wife got a pork dish and I ordered some Bamberg sausages. Both dishes came with sauerkraut which was delicious. It was on the sweet side and the German couple sitting next to us said they add honey to it.
As for their beers, they only serve ½ liter servings so I limited myself to one beer – their Lagerbier. It was a dark yellow in color with an off-white head to it. The taste was a little malty but also had some bitterness to it. I’m not a big fan of the Lager beers and this one didn’t change my opinion. I should probably go back to sample their other beers but there are so many to try.
About the dwarf: As you can see in their logo, there is what appears to be a dwarf pushing a barrel.
Favorite Dish: Get a dish that includes sauerkraut. I'm not really into sauerkraut but this was very tasty. Maybe all German sauerkraut tastes like this. If so I need to order it more often.Related to:
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several: good restos in Berlin
lots of good ones indeed, difficult to choose,and not knowing the budget. I usually stops by there on business so mine are a bit up.
hope it helps, and you can look in destinations above right for resto tips by posters like us.
Favorite Dish: sausages and beer but steaks tooRelated to:
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