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“.
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!
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…
… 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.
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.