On our recent trip to Hamburg we discovered several gastronomical hot spots worth a mention. Here are our current favorites in the hip German metropolis.
An authentic fish restaurant with a sense of detail. This is how Jellyfish is best described. Taking the spot as one of the most hip restaurants in Hamburg at the moment, Jellyfish lives up to its reputation of serving well-made and creative fish dishes. The menu isn’t big, but one will find an exclusive selection of fish and shellfish as well as vegetarian dishes. Meat is only available upon request. The menu changes often and it is always based on the catch of the day, which comes from local BIO-certified fishermen. A lunch menu is available for just €35. More info on www.jellyfish-restaurant.de.
Coast by East
In the midst of Hamburg’s up-and-coming ‘Hafencity’ neighborhood, it is possible to find more just contemporary architecture and quirky cafés. This is also the home of the sleek ‘Coast’ restaurant, which offers a solid mix of Asian specialties and mouth-watering sushi creations. The view from here is perfect - especially at night, where the city is lid up - the cocktails are strong and the food is shareable. A quite popular concept. Try the crisp duck salad with roasted peanuts, the chili-marinated tuna tatar or the fresh halibut with chimichurri (green sauce) and fried rice. You will not leave this place hungry! There is a cosy wine bar in the basement. More info on www.coast-hamburg.de.
As the name suggests, an old bank frames one of Hamburg’s most popular eateries. Since 2005, Die Bank has provided gourmet food for hungry visitors, and the prices are very reasonable too. The menu consists of classic dishes with a modern twist, which is most comparable with traditional, French brasserie food.
On afternoons and evenings, Cocktail & Oyster Bar (located inside the restaurant) serves delicacies such as caviar and champagne,and the ambience is very international. Die Bank could might as well be located on Manhattan, New York, and maybe that is the reason for its immense popularity. Mere info on www.diebank-brasserie.de
This two-star Michelin restaurant is to be found at the exclusive Hotel Louis C. Jacob at one of the most expensive addresses in Hamburg, but this shouldn’t intimidate you. Needless to say, Jacob’s is quite expensive, but it is worth every single cent. Chef Thomas Martin creates creates little masterpieces in the kitchen, for example scallops with saffron, pan-fried turbot with champagne beurre blanc and crispy duck with dumplings and lingonberry. Guests can choose between several different menus, which should be paired with one of the exquisite wines from the cellar. Do you have a sweet tooth? Then the lemon pie with merengue is a must-try! More info on www.hotel-jacob.de/jacobs-restaurant.
A Parisian bistro, which has been the meeting point of business men and food lovers for more than 20 years. Super cosy atmosphere and a splendid kitchen creating French classics and German specialities with an elegant twist. Dining guests can enjoy the view of the open kitchen, which creates a laid-back atmosphere. The menu offers a wide selection of courses spanning from Tuna Sashimi to Bouillabaisse - a house classic! But one can also enjoy a good old Wienerschnitzel with fried potatoes. It is necessary to book a table - also on weekdays. More info on www.casse-croute.de