Hamburg Journals

Piling on the Pounds in Hamburg

Best of IgoUgo

A July 2007 trip to Hamburg by koshkha

Graceland Photo, Hamburg, Germany More Photos
Quote: A collection of reviews about restaurants I've loved (and sometimes hated) in Hamburg. Compiled over nearly two years visiting the city whilst working for a company with their HQ in Hamburg between November 2006 and May 2008

Au Quai

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "More than OK but not Brilliant"

Quote:
On one of my trips to Hamburg an Italian colleague told me he'd take me to 'The Best Restaurant in Town' and instructed me to 'dress up a bit'. We found a French colleague in the hotel lobby and invited her along. We were expecting something very special - after all, Italians rarely think any restaurant outside Italy is worthy of such praise. Au Quai - which is pronounced OK - is in the Hamburg dock area in a street filled with fish trading warehouses and restaurants and is located in a building which was originally a cold-storage warehouse. Fortunately it's not cold and there are no frozen fish there any more. Entering the building there's a koi carp pond on the left with a c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 31, 2009

Restaurant Schauermann

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "A Dependable Choice on St Pauli Hafenstrasse"

Quote:
One of my favourite restaurants in Hamburg is Restaurant Schauermann which I've visited several times. This review relates to my first visit to the restaurant in December 2006 with a group of colleagues. On this occasion there were six of us - two Brits, two Americans, a German and a Frenchman.~ The Location ~ Restaurant Schauermann is at 136-138 St Pauli Hafenstrasse, overlooking the harbour. The first thing you need to know is that it’s not easy to find – our taxi driver pulled off some dramatically un-Germanic driving that showed a creative interpretation of the rules of the road in order to get us there.The problem is that sat nav systems seem to struggle because there are ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Restaurant Schauermann
St.-Pauli Hafenstrasse 136 - 138
Hamburg
+49 (40) 31794660

Sala Thai

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Thai Me Up, Thai Me Down"

Quote:
On one of my early trips to Hamburg I was lucky enough to be invited out for dinner with some colleagues. We were a mixed bunch, a Brit, an Irishman, an Italian woman and a Frenchman. It sounds like the opening line of a bad joke, doesn't it? The French guy chose the venue - a Thai restaurant on a back street not far from the Alster lake in the centre of Hamburg. He'd been once before and enjoyed it and he was paying, so fair enough he got to choose. I love anything spicy so I was more than happy to go along. ~ The Look ~ On entering the restaurant we found the cloakroom and bookings desk right in front of the door. A small oriental lady came and took our coats, issued us with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Sala Thai
Brandsende 6
Hamburg, Germany 20095
+49 40 335009

Turnhalle St. Georg GmbH

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Never Exercise on a Full Stomach"

Quote:
Another trip to Hamburg and another invitation for dinner and this time I knew it would be a good restaurant because my French friend Ludovic had chosen it. It's a cliché that generally holds true that you can trust a Frenchman or an Italian to always find a good restaurant. The table was booked for 6 people - me, two French, an Algerian, a Turk and a South African - and we arrived about 7.45pm on a Monday evening. First impressions from the street outside were intriguing. My limited German didn't give me any clues that the Turnhalle had been a gym or sports. However the logo of a gymnast on a set of rings tipped me off very quickly. It's an imposing building that looks like the old sports...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Turnhalle St. Georg GmbH
Lange Reihe 107
Hamburg 20099
+49 40 28 00 84 80

Graceland

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Call Elvis! We're off to Graceland"

Graceland Photo, Hamburg, Germany
Quote:
When someone suggests a restaurant it's always a good idea to find out why they chose it before you make ANY comment about the place. I live in fear that I'll burst out laughing and launch into a witty but rather cutting assassination of a restaurant only to discover that the place is A - owned by an uncle/sister/close friend of my host or hostess; B - the place they held the wake for her father/grandmother/favourite Labrador; C - the host/hostess's absolutely favourite restaurant in the whole-wide-world. So I was pleased that my slightly snide asides about the décor were not made to Annette - the colleague who kindly invited 3 of us to go for dinner at Graceland – where she had previously...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Graceland
Stresemannstraße 374
Hamburg, Germany 22761
+49 40 89963100

Ti Breizh

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "I Flipped for their Pancakes"

Quote:
A colleague and I needed somewhere to eat in Hamburg during a business trip so we asked a local colleague for recommendations and sadly the proposal I got was for a creperie. I wasn't that excited by the idea of pancakes at all but the person I was travelling with fancied the sound of Ti Breizh and couldn't be persuaded out of her choice. Earlier in the evening we'd been invited for cocktails by a bunch of students who'd been working with us for 6 months. They'd found a bar with a two-hour long 'Happy Hour' and they were determined to get appropriately happy. By the time Alison and I rolled out of the cocktail bar we were already pretty full of booze and foolish enough to decide that our o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Ti Breizh
Deichstraße 39
Hamburg, Germany 20459
+49 40 37517815

Die Bank Brasserie, Bar and Restaurant

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "At Last. A Bank you Can Depend On"

Quote:
I asked my boss if I should arrange a team night out when we were in Hamburg and he said 'Sure, just don't pick anything too expensive'. Fortunately before I could scout around for something reasonably priced, another colleague stepped in and booked Die Bank and invited me along. Having been warned to watch the pennies, this wasn't a place I'd have dared book - so hoorah for Laurent who booked it regardless. We set off in two taxis - two Brits, two Americans and three French. Die Bank is in the centre of Hamburg on Hohe Bleichen, and, as the name would suggest, it used to be a bank. Not your grotty little suburban sub-branch though; this was a grand city bank. From the outside there's litt...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Die Bank Brasserie, Bar and Restaurant
Hohe Bleichen 17
20354
+49 40 2380030

About the Writer

koshkha

koshkha
Northampton, United Kingdom