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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Black Bulls, Frankfurt, our Restaurant Review

The Barbarians are usually no great fans of steak houses. We’ve been to too many of them that take the label too literal and completely lack any imagination or cooking skill beyond the preparation of cows’ meat. However, the further North you get in Germany, the more steak houses there are, and Frankfurt is already sufficiently North for there to be plenty. Besides, we had heard very good things about Black Bulls and we immediately liked the fact that they don’t blindly focus on steak, but are also known for their finesse in preparing seafood.   For starters I opted for 12 Black Bulls Style Escargots with herb garlic butter gratin (€12.90), a mistake. The bread and butter served before the starter arrived, looked so unattractive I couldn’t be bothered to try it. The extremely tiny “Achat snails” were completely overpowered by the rich, creamy butter, which did not taste […]

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La Scuderia, Frankfurt – Our Restaurant Review

One recent evening after work, La Scuderia, located in Frankfurt’s elegant Westend quarter, invited Berkeley Square Barbarian to try their four-course menu. The restaurant is very popular among locals but equally among well-heeled tourists, bankers, and travelling businessmen and -women. The Michelin Guide inspectors particularly emphasised the high-quality, fresh ingredients. Like all guests that evening, I was immediately welcomed by the lovely, energetic, and humorous manager, Ms Giebel, and led to my table. All the staff make you feel like you’re one of the many regulars, even if it’s your first time here. They’re very friendly but always professional and never intrusive. Different from nearly every other restaurant I have ever been to, La Scuderia don’t usually show their guests a menu or advertise the choices of the day on a chalk board. Instead, Ms Giebel let me settle down with a small glass of prosecco, then asked me a […]

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