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
King (乾隆坊 - Qiánlóng fāng)
phone (040) 693 14 17
|Nice family-style restaurant, serving authentic Chinese dishes. They have a German-written and a Chinese-written menu (the latter one of which is far better). On Sundays they serve a Chinese breakfast menu.|
(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.|
Sonne (红太阳 - Hóng Tàiyáng) [Red Sun]
phone (040) 36 67 89
|Looking for hot pot in Hamburg? Here you go (Best reserve a table). When driving home after my first hotpot here, I turned off the car's heating until I arrived home (outside temperature was -10). You can also have the non-spicy version...|
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.|
Calle Argenteria, 62
phone 93 319 99 93
steaks, wine what should I say? Go and enjoy!
restaurant is beautifully located in a garden, where frequently
traditional music accompanies dance performances. You can have Palace
Dishes and Guanfu Cuisine in richly decorated halls or small separ�es,
or in a pavillion near a small lake.
The Chinese name Xīrì Wāngfǔ Huāyuán translates to "traditional Kings' Residence Garden", and in fact it was built by a Li, a prince from Qing dynasty around 1690.
Link 1 Link 2
is one restaurant of a good Chinese chain...When entering, what looks
like a pet shop is the menu: aquariums, cages and boxes with fresh
mussels, fish, frogs, snakes, snails etc.
No one speaks English, let alone German...one of my definite favourites, I go there every time I'm in Beijing.
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
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,
they've even received a mention
by the state of Georgia. If you're near, don't miss it! See also this web site
204 S Century Ave, Suite A6
Waunakee, WI 53597-1272
phone (608) 849-9638
|Small eatery I sometimes patronise when visiting our US subsidiary. Most remarkable is that owner Zheng Rong always directs you to the lunch buffet if you ask for the menu...|
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....)