neighbours think we Germans live to work (while they work to live).
Well, in part that may be right, but those who know me in person tell
that I live to *eat*. (They're right, by the way) Actually, despite
many rumours I don't eat everything, (just as my favourite nation, the
Chinese... they are said to eat everything with four legs except the
table. I'd say they eat most things regardless of the number of
legs...:-> ), but I think that I can determine whether it tastes
good or bad only after I've taken a bite.
By the way: how do I choose my favourites? Not always because the food or environment is five-star, usually it is an overall rating, sometimes I just like the environment or have some nice memories. BTW: Ethnic restaurants only make it to this list if they serve authentic food.
|Hamburg & Vicinity|
phone (04532) 22192
in the midst of fields and forests, still close to Hamburg.
The friendly owners of the old farmyard-style restaurant serves hearty local dishes, always with a smile (which, according to the menu, is included in the price;-). In the summer you can enjoy your meal under green trees in the garden. They also have ponies for hire. If possible, you should go there by bicycle or horse (a horse parking is provided), a motor vehicle would break the style of this old-fashioned place, which always reminds me of a story of old of a garden restaurant I once heard in school and never forgot. See also their web site
(金门 - Jīnmén) [Golden Gate]
phone (040) 254 32 94
|At best ignore the German menu, if you can't read the Chinese menu, ask the funny owner (that's the short big one with the suspenders) for advice (which I always do). He also speaks some English. They have Chinese newspapers, white patrons are a small minority. One of the place to take your Chinese friends out, and my favourite in Hamburg.|
phone (040) 34 31 25
|The oldest and best Japanese restaurant in town, unlike many stylish Sushi places they serve the authentic way - most patrons are Japanese. When in Hamburg, don't miss it, but be sure to reserve a table in advance. Oh yes, and bring a full wallet. It's not cheap, but worth it.|
Calle Argenteria, 62
phone 93 319 99 93
steaks, wine what should I say? Go and enjoy!
and Onion Cuisine
7131 Kennedy Road
Market Village Unit E3-4 (near Pacific Mall)
Markham, ON L3R 9W1
phone (905) 479-7730
|Cantonese style place, like at home they come around with freshly prepared Dim Sun and you pick your selections as they pass by. Very crowded during peak times, but it's worth waiting (if you forgot reserving a table).|
3015 Winston Churchill Blvd
phone (905) 828 6686
|One of the many big Chinese restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area. It is large and full of Chinese (by now you noted my philosophy: large number of Chinese patrons equals tasty food....)|
5130 Dundas Street West.
phone (416) 234-1161
|Oops... something non-Chinese at last. A franchise place but quite a good one... tasty sushi and japanese beer, even the staff is Japanese m^_^m|
Heart and Crown
phone (613) 562-0674
|Great pub, serving hearty food and a selection of good beers and live music, going there after coming from the US makes me feel back home in Europe...|
Rock House Restaurant
U.S. Hwy. 221 (Blue Ridge Pkwy)
Linville Falls, NC
phone (828) 765-2702
|Some items make this
place remarkable: In the centre of the restaurant three county lines meet,
and the food rations are as hearty and big as the ladies serving it.
That's good auld fashioned American country style, if you're near, don't miss it! See also this web site
5360 Westport Rd.
|You love to eat seafood? You want a nice place in a nice location near Lake Mendota? Nau-Ti-Gal's my favourite place here! Find more at their web site|
UW Memorial Union Rathskeller
800 Langdon St.
|The food is typical US-style quick-grilled (aka fastfood) junk. But you shouldn't miss the design featuring German murals of student life. For the illiterate, English translations are provided on boards at the sides of the entrance :-)|
335 Smith Street
|You may want to avoid the made-for-tourists hawkers on Smith Street, so you should go a few steps to the upper level of the Chinatown Complex. Although quite clean (hey, this is Singapore!), a very Chinese place ^_^ . I never miss it.|
Remarks: Telephone numbers are given in local format, Chinese addresses are given in English translation (e.g. Suzhou Street) or in Pinyin romanization with tones. Where parts of the address (auch as postcodes) are missing it is because I have no idea :)
TBC (to be continued....)