Advantages Fresh and very tasty food; creative use of cabbage!
Disadvantages Small menu may not have something for everyone
Regular readers may have picked up a couple of things about my life recently - firstly that I've been spending quite a lot of time in Hamburg and secondly that I've been eating out far too often, generally at restaurants that promised more than they delivered. Well this time I have good news - a restaurant so good that I really wouldn't tell you about it (for fear I'd not be able to get a table) if it wasn't in another country.This week found me once again in Hamburg and Monday night brought an invitation for dinner out in one of the city's many restaurants. This one was chosen by a local colleague who claimed, despite all our protestations of how good it was, that it was just one of many great places. There were six of us in the group - two Brits, two Americans, a German lady and a Frenchman.
~ The Location ~Restaurant Schauermann is at 136-138 St Pauli Hafenstrasse, overlooking the harbour. First thing you need to know is that it's not that easy to find - our taxi driver pulled off some dramatically un-Germanic driving with creative interpretation of the rules of the road in order to get us there (reversing up one way streets, driving over pavements and other things liable to get you ostracised from Hamburg society or a job replacing Michael Schumacher). The problem is that sat nav systems seem to struggle because there are two roads very close together but one is several metres above the other.
Getting out of the taxi we didn't linger too long outside as the wind and rain were whipping off the harbour but we did notice that it must be quite a fun place to be in the summer. The street was closed off to traffic and on the opposite side of the street, looking out over the harbour, there was a sort of mock-beach with sand and decking. There were even sculpture palm trees. In the summer I guess that the floor to ceiling windows of the restaurant are probably thrown open and you may well be able to eat out on the pavement.But for now it's winter and it's time to go inside.
~ The Restaurant ~The restaurant is quite small - I would guess it seats fifty to sixty people maximum. The walls and ceilings are painted in light colours and the floor is made of pale green flecked tiles. The woodwork is all dark and contrasts with the lightness of the other features. The seating is in blue leather (or leatherette) and is a mix of padded benches and very funky retro padded chairs - they have a 1960s feel about them and fortunately, as well as looking great, they are comfortable too. The tables have crisp white tablecloths with (I found this surprising) a thick sheet of paper on top. I actually thought 'how practical' rather than 'that's a bit cheap' and when I mulled it over for a while, I wondered if this meant they could keep the laundry bills down and reduce their environmental impact. Maybe one of our German readers can fill me in on whether that's a normal thing to do.
The overall effect was very 'Elle Deco' which is a term I use too often without ever really explaining myself.
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