Hamburg

Lunch Date: German chef Tim Maelzer’s „Bullerei“

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When it comes to cuisine, us Germans have a lot to offer. And no, it’s not just Sauerkraut. I actually hate Sauerkraut because it hurts both my nose and my international reputation. In Germany, we have Maultaschen, Zwiebelrostbraten, Sauerbraten, Bratkartoffeln, Käsespätzle, Schupfnudeln, Wurstsalat („salad“ made of sliced meat, can you imagine that?) and more. Plus, we also have our own Jamie Oliver who gives traditional and international recipes a new twist: German chef Tim Maelzer, who just happens to own a restaurant in Hamburg’s popular Sternschanze area. It’s called „Bullerei“.

German chef Tim Maelzer's Bullerei in Hamburg Sternschanze

When J. and I enter the deli for our lunch break, my first impulse is to head back out the door because we seem to find ourselves in a greenhouse instead of a restaurant. However, as J. reassures me, that’s how it’s supposed to be in the German chef’s favourite spot. And tadaa, behind a thick curtain there it is: An interior decoration sensation!

German chef Tim Maelzer's Bullerei in Hamburg Sternschanze
book a table at German chef Tim Maelzer's restaurant

The German chef and his crew have made this place a hip location. A long bar stretches across the room, industrial style lamps are hanging from the ceiling. The whole design gives off that warm, welcoming atmosphere that only wood can produce. It’s traditional and cool at the same time. Of course, hip places have to offer homemade lemonades…

refreshing homemade lemonade by German chef Tim Maelzer

… and the lemonade from Bullerei is absolutely delicious. We pick our meals from the affordable lunch menu, paying less than 10€ each. Around half past one, the deli is brimming with the sounds of busy knives and forks, but it’s still not uncomfortably full. Recommendation no. 1: If there’s no great German dish on the „quick plate“ („schneller Teller“, a dish that changes every day), have the Bolognese with lamb, calf and pork. Recommendation no. 2: Stop when you’re not hungry anymore; it might be too much. Going into food coma for the rest of the day might ruin the good experience, and what a shame that would be.

delicious Spaghetti Bolognese by German chef Tim Maelzer
German chef Tim Maelzer's Bullerei in Hamburg Sternschanze

The deli is open from 11 in the morning, whereas the lunch menu is only available from Monday to Friday. The restaurant opens at 6pm – 5pm on Sundays -, offering a wider (but also slightly more expensive) variety of dishes.

Bullerei
Lagerstraße 34b
20357 Hamburg

Opening hours
Deli: 11-11
Restaurant: 6-11

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Maribel Skywalker
    06.02.16 at 00:50

    Mega hübsch dort. Habs bisher immer nur von außen betrachtet, wenns mal in die Schanzenhöfe zum Alten Mädchen ging. Steht aber recht weit oben auf meiner Liste, genau so wie „Gefundenes Fressen“ – das Restaurant von Samy Deluxe. Hat nen ähnlichen Ruf wie die Bullerei. Bin also sehr gespannt 🙂

    • Reply
      Sabine
      07.02.16 at 22:41

      „Gefundenes Fressen“ kann ich auch empfehlen – auch wenn mir persönlich der Besitzer nicht so sympathisch ist. Das Essen ist jedenfalls top (unbedingt den Chick Poppa mit Teriyaki Sauce probieren) und das Personal freundlich 😉

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    Caro
    06.02.16 at 12:32

    Yummy, das macht ja schon beim hingucken Hunger.
    Und der beste Satz: „it hurts both my nose and my international reputation.“ Hihi, dankeschön für den Post, der hat mich zum Schmunzeln gebracht,

    Liebe Grüße und ein ganz tolles Wochenende
    Caro

    • Reply
      Sabine
      07.02.16 at 22:38

      Freut mich, dass dir der Artikel gefällt! 🙂
      Ich hoffe, du hattest auch ein schönes Wochenende.
      xx

      • Reply
        Caro
        09.02.16 at 14:24

        Hihi, dankeschön 😉
        Bei mir wars recht Ereignislos und ich war ach etwas faul, aber ich dachte mir, dass das auch mal sein muss.
        xx

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    Annika
    06.02.16 at 12:42

    While I do like the Bullerei I must say Germans have much to learn when it comes to food and especially enjoying good food. I personally don’t like any of the regional specialities you mentioned – too heavy and meaty for my taste – and really wish German cuisine would undergo a little makeover and timely update. While Tim & Co have started that it hasn’t gone far enough for my taste and I think it might be a problem on the receiving end – Germans overall are really not food people as in that food is more than nutrition but meant to be enjoyed, cherished and shared.

    • Reply
      Sabine
      06.02.16 at 14:32

      You’re shocking me 😮 I LOVE each and every one of these dishes except for the Wurstsalat and the steaks (which are only okay to me). So I do agree that German cuisine is quite meaty and there’s definitely room for new twists – but I feel there are some really delicious dishes, and in my experience, cooking and eating are absolutely social. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the South, or because my Mum is such an enthusiastic cook.
      I still get what you’re saying – I’m afraid that, regarding food, Germans are a bit like the English, more depending on foreign, ‚fancy‘ restaurants to spice up their eating habits instead of reworking their own dishes.

  • Reply
    Christine
    10.02.16 at 15:31

    Also Sauerkraut finde ich jetzt gar nicht soooo schlimm. Zumindest im Zusammenhang mit Schupfnudeln muss das sein. 😉

    Die Einrichtung und generell der Style des Restaurants sieht auf den wenigen Fotos schon toll aus.

  • Reply
    Conny Lomoherz
    30.04.16 at 18:18

    Uuuh, das schaut aber auch extrem nett aus! Diese Lemonade/Eistee-Gläser habe ich letztens geschenkt bekommen. Ich freue mich schon auf den Sommer, wenn sie richtig zum Einsatz kommen…du bist herzlich auf eine Limo eingeladen, chihi 🙂

    • Reply
      Sabine
      01.05.16 at 19:00

      Das lasse ich mir nicht zwei Mal sagen 😉
      xx

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