I am staying I. Hamburg one night before a cruise. Can anyone suggest a good German resturant.
I am easy on buget for the right experience
I like a long established restaurant in Hamburg which is called "Schlachterbörse" - excellent steaks:
Just around the corner is Erika's Eck with Schnitzel and self-made Sauerfleisch:
Good cocktails with view over the town you can get in roof bar of Empire Riverside Hotel:
Typical for Northern Germany is Labskaus - but I do not have a real good recommendation for this.
Erika's Eck? My partner & myself went there last year on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Altona. He too recommended the Schnitzel. Sadly we never got to experience it as the staff were so rude, we walked out before getting served. After being initially ignored, we were told "sit there but you must be gone in 40 minutes." "We're busy tonight." Problem solved as we left straightaway.
Having a look at recent reviews, it appears little has changed. My friend informed me it's normal behaviour there, but the food is good, so he puts up with it. OP be warned.Edited: 21 March 2018, 20:28
"After being initially ignored, we were told "sit there but you must be gone in 40 minutes." "We're busy tonight." Problem solved as we left straightaway." ... That was all?
Often the Northern hospitality is perceived as impersonal and as you called it "rude". For Northern Germany that was not rude - it was honest - means: they really liked you and wanted to tell you the truth and give their best to serve you. Honestly. My parents lived yor years at the coast far North of Hamburg :-) Even Hamburg is seen as too "softie" compared to some other Northern closed communities.
Please do not get me wrong: I do not want to tell you what to think about your experience but may be see it more as intercultural misunderstanding.
Nothing to do with northern hospitality whatsoever. Reviews suggest this establishment has form for this behaviour. It was rudeness with an entitled attitude. I witnessed other examples whilst waiting to be seated. A guy who requested another beer was told very abruptly; "no, wait.". If the management wish to take that tone with customers, fine. As customer I don't need to take it and will vote with my feet.Edited: 22 March 2018, 05:36
I've only been twice, but remember the personnel of Erika's Eck as reserved, but friendly Northern folks who joked a lot with us. But times change and with the Schanze and probably their restaurant getting more and more visitors, attitudes might have changed.