With its prime harbor location, Hamburg restaurants often offer spectacular views to go along with the delicious food.
The American hamburger?
Did the American hamburger really come from Hamburg? Yes and no. The Hamburg Frikadelle, a pan-fried ground meat patty, is similar but is much thicker. It is made from ground beef, egg, chopped onion and wet stale bread seasoned with salt and pepper.
Most Hamburgers (the people, that is! ;-) consider the Frikadelle to be much different from the American hamburger (the food). But many sources still trace this American culinary staple back to Hamburg, Germany.
Bohnen, Birnen und Speck
This dish consists of pears, bacon and green beans. Like many German meals, it is usually served with potatoes.
Hamburg’s proximity to Scandanavia has had an influence on its cuisine. So the Labskaus is closely related to Norwegian lapskaus. It is a blend of corned beef, beetroot and, of course, mashed potatoes. This was a popular meal for sailors at sea.
The Rote Grütze dish is quite similar to the Danish rødgrød. This is a German red berry pudding. It is made with different kinds of berries (usually strawberries, raspberries and cherries) with a thick cream. It’s a popular summertime treat.
Now let’s see where you get all those tasty dishes… :-)
Tafelhaus (Neumühlen 17)
While the industrial neighborhood leaves a bit to be desired, you’ll soon overlook it as you get inside this elegant Hamburg restaurant. The interesting cuisine can best be described as international fusion — many are Mediterranean with a dash of Asia. The windows look out onto a garden and the summer outdoor seating.
Das Weiße Haus (Neumühlen 50)
Das Weiße Haus is a Hamburg restaurant owned by a German celebrity chef, Tim Mälzer. His popularity and the restaurant’s outstanding reputation mean that it is often booked for weeks in advance. If you’re lucky, you might squeeze in an exquisite lunch at this old fisherman’s hut.
Its lunch menu changes daily but in a unique twist, there is no menu for dinner. You’ll simply tell the waiter how much you want to eat, and your general likes and dislikes.
Rive (Van-der-Smissen-Straße 1)
Rive is a lovely waterfront restaurant that provides great seafood alongside great harbor views. Not far from the ferry terminal, you can sit in or out (a heated terrace is a big attraction) and enjoy the oyster bar as you watch the ships pass you by.
Ratsweinkeller (Gr Johannisstraße 2)
This restaurant is an architectural gem with high vaulted ceilings, stained glass windows, wood-paneled columns and an old grandfather clock. Known for its large portions and reasonable price tags, the Ratsweinkeller is a great bet for seafood and meat dishes.