Hamburg - Restaurants

Nov 27th, 2009, 02:00 AM
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Hamburg - Restaurants

Deos anyone know of any pretty romantic restaurants in Hamburg.
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Nov 27th, 2009, 06:06 AM
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I am not quite sure what you mean with "romantic", but my recommendation for a restaurant with typical local atmosphere and refined regional cuisine would be Old Commercial Room:

Another restaurant which is very atmospheric would be Cölln's Austernstuben:
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Nov 27th, 2009, 06:59 AM
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My suggestions would be (not in order of romance factor, that to a large extent depends on the company and what your taste):

High-end stuff:

1. Jacob's Restaurant
Currently the highest rated restaurant in Hamburg (and has been for a while), an institution in the posh Elbe suburb of Blankenese, top-notch cuisine with a wine list to match, views of the river and a fabulous terrace with linden trees.

2. Poletto
Cornelia Poletto serves Michelin starred italian influenced cuisine in an unassuming little restaurant in the nice (and relatively central residential neighbourhood of Eppendorf. Gracious service, the interior a bit austere, but low ceilings create certain intimacy. Across the street is a small park bordering one of the Alster canals where you could go for a stroll.

3. Tafelhaus
Very modern interiors, high-end food, not intimate, but with spectacular views of the port and you could afterwards go for a stroll along Strandweg in Neumuehlen/Oevelgoenne, lined by small captain's houses with river views.

4. Prinz Frederik
Often overlooked, and it's been a while since I have been, but it still gets great reviews. Very conservative, very intimate, only around 20 seats. In a small Relais & Chateaux hotels housed in a period mansion in one of the posher inner-city residential streets. A reasonably short stroll from the Outer Alster for star-gazing afterwards (and everything in Hamburg has to be related to water anyway).

5. Piment
Wahabi Nouri has just been named German chef of the year by the Gault Millau guide. He has been producing excellent cuisine employing spicy influences from his ancestral Morocco in a small restaurant seating only around 25 people amidst its dark red couloured walls in the nice Eppendorf district.

Not starred, but charming

1. Witthues
Slightly old fashioned atmosphere in a reet-roofed building in the deer park in Blankenese. Older clientele during the day, a bit younger in the evenings, not hip, though.

2. Schweizweit
A small basement restaurant specialising in cheese fondue in the diverse neighbourhood of Altona. Cheap and cheap interiors. Nothing specatcular at all, but intimate. Just to provide a really cheap alternative, basically.

That said and without offence intended, Old Commercial Room doesn't come to my mind instantly when romance is called for. I find it a bit touristy, to be honest.
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Dec 1st, 2009, 06:05 AM
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Thank you - It was Witthues that I visited for afternoon tea a few weeks ago and on the journey back to the centre of Hamburg we passed several establishments that seemed to look very pretty and quaint i.e romantic but possibly they may not be that good.
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Dec 1st, 2009, 12:05 PM
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Probably on your way back and also options:

1. Le Canard Nouveau, high-end Michelin-starred cuisine by Ali Guengoermues, formerly of Lenbach in Munich, with great views of the river, sharing the property with offices of Hamburg's best known architects, BRT. Friends of mine love it, I have been once and thought it was good.

2. Landhaus Scherrer, local cuisine with a classic French twist, Michelin starred. Chef Heinz Wehmann re-invented local cuisine and has been on top of his game for about 3 decades now. Slightly formal, some dubious art on the walls. A less expensive bistro and Oe1, a former public bathroom converted into a deli (probably not so romantic) also on site.

3. Weinwirtschaft Kleines Jacob, across the street from the original, no views, but a more rustic ambiance for more rustic (but good) cuisine and also great wines, reasonably atmospheric, but can get quite loud.

Most likely not on your way, but probably up your alley as atmospherically a bit quaint:

1. Landhaus Flottbek, classic, good local cuisine in a pleasant ambiance (I like their club-room in the former stable) in the center of Klein-Flottbek near Blankenese.

2. Forsthaus Seebergen, outside Hamburg in Luetjensee, great isolated setting directly on a lake and decent food. Bit of a problem is that sometimes it's quite empty (probably weekdays) and sometimes it attracts an older clientele, so maybe a bit hit and miss.
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