Fleming’s Brasserie & Wine Bar, Frankfurt

When I relocated to Frankfurt for a consultancy assignment in my day job half a year ago, I was looking for a nice place close to the office where I could use free WiFi and have a quick dinner in a pleasant atmosphere after work, and that’s how I stumbled across Fleming’s Brasserie and Wine Bar, Hamburger Allee, in Bockenheim, five minutes by tram from the city centre and central station, close to the congress centre and trade fair. Fleming’s is a Frankfurt hotel chain (roughly 20 hotels cum restaurant here and in other cities such as Munich and Vienna), and the Barbarians do not like chains. However, for what it’s worth, this is one of the better chains. I’ve never stayed at any of their hotels, but have used a couple of their restaurants in various cities for business meetings (for work, not to impress), because they are affordable […]

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Atschel, Frankfurt – our Review

While Ms B visited me in Frankfurt a few days ago (I’m currently still on a long-term consultancy assignment in this city and only back in London most weekends), I showed her Atschel, one of the traditional Sachsenhausen apple wine places Frankfurt is known for. I had been there several times before, and had been impressed with the great atmosphere and food.    We ordered the obligatory hand cheese with music (pickled hard cheese with caraway seeds and bits of onion; don’t ask why it’s called ‘with music’; oh, so you already guessed), and onion soup for starters. As mains we chose grilled sea bream and pork roast.    The food arrived after some time. I was very pleased with the hand cheese and the onion soup. Ms B was never big on hand cheese and felt that the onion soup was a tad too heavy.    The sea bream […]

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Senckenbergs, Frankfurt – our Restaurant Review

I’m just back from dinner at Senckenbergs, a steak house and restaurant in Frankfurt’s Bockenheim neighbourhood. The atmosphere is more on the modern, slightly quirky, designer-elegant end of the scale, but not overly so, with the lights spreading a lovely, warm atmosphere. Service was great from the moment I entered the door. Very friendly, helpful, entertaining, even though maybe not always 100% well-versed with the usual etiquette at the pricier end of the market. After short deliberation I opted for blood sausage with lamb’s lettuce, beetroot, and potato dressing (€10.50), a Rib Eye (€34 for 300g plus €11 for every additional 100g, in my case roughly €40 for the steak, it turned out) with herb jus (€2), a side of sautéed spinach (€4), and no dessert. The Rioja (0.2l) for €9.20 did not overly excite me. The starter mainly surprised by the nearly complete absence of blood sausage. Having been […]

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Block House, West End, Frankfurt

UPDATE 31.03.2019: I spent a lot of time in Frankfurt recently, staying at a hotel within 5mins walking distance from another Block House. As I’m also currently trying to move towards a keto diet, I ate at Block House about one dozen times over the past few months. Presuming the quality of Frankfurt Block Houses is similar to each other, I upgrade my rating from 2.5 to 3 out of 5. Half the time the steak was prepared extremely well (due to the fact that the meat was decent quality, but nothing special, the overall taste was just good, not special), 40% of the time it was slightly above average. 10% of the time it was slightly below average. You can watch the people in the kitchen prepare the food, and there were clear visible differences between the preparation of good steaks and average steaks. The good steaks all involved […]

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Cafe Englander, Vienna, our Review

We’ve just returned from our dinner at the well-known Cafe Englander. This little gem of the Viennese culinary scene, which has been around under the same owners for some twenty years, is not being mentioned in most tourist guides and retains a clientele of largely locals. It has a very relaxed, pleasant, down-to-earth vibe to it, not preposterous or glamorous like the grand cafés, but not without charm. The service was very friendly, quick, and professional from the moment we arrived half an hour before the time (it had been raining hard, we cancelled a plan to do some sight-seeing nearby beforehand and went straight to the restaurant). We were seated in the smoking area next to the bar, until our table became available just on time. The vibe in the smoking and bar area is more rustic, louder, and you feel more “in the middle of it all”, but […]

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