1. Fei SchoKolosseumstraße 6, Munchen
2. Heroes Premium BurgersLeibnizstraße 13, Frankfurt am Main
3. Restaurant Bareiss1, Hermine-Bareiss-Weg, Baiersbronn
4. MatsumiColonnaden 96, Hamburg
5. Auerbachs KellerMädler Passage, Grimmaische Str. 2-4, Leipzig
6. Apfelwein WagnerSchweizer Straße 71, Frankfurt am Main
7. GratitudeTürkenstraße 55, Munich
8. Café ParisRathausstraße 4, Hamburg
9. BratwursthäusleRathauspl. 1, Nürnberg
10. Pier 51Rudolf-von-Bennigsen-Ufer 51, Hannover
Of all the fusion cuisines that could work, Bavarian-Asian doesn’t sound like one of them. But alas, Fei Scho is proving even some purist foodies wrong. The menu all-stars are steamed dumplings, filled with German meats like Schweinekrustbraten (crispy pork) and pork goulash, and a bunch of side sauces, pickles and salads.
Heroes’ homemade, high-stacked burgers and comic book décor have made it a Frankfurt institution among geeks and foodies alike. There are over 30 burgers on the menu (including fancy fixings like fried eggs, guac and oyster mushrooms), but the classic Butch is always a safe bet.
Baiersbronn may be a Black Forest village populated at 16,000, but it’s one of the fine dining capitals of the world. In 2007, this eight-seat dining room became the second local establishment to land three Michelin stars. Restaurant Bareiss’ lunch menu is a €125 a head splurge that’s tough to feel guilty about.
Master chef Hideaki Morita’s vibrant sushi platters are, as the Japanese would say, the “plain of high heaven”. Formally trained in Tokyo, Morita’s slice-and-dice skills are certified to even prepare Hugo, a poison fish that can be lethal if done up wrong (unfortunately, it’s illegal in Germany).
Auerbachs Keller has been slaying German food and wine since the late sixteenth century. Goethe was a regular, and even wrote about it in Faust I. Today, Auerbachs falls on the touristy side but quality persists. Try the traditional Saxon farmer pan served in the dining room Großer Keller – potato-sauerkraut gratin tossed up with apple, pepper and marinated pork neck steak.
Get whatever schnitzel and sausage you want here, but dear God, don’t forget a cold stone jug Apfelwein. There’s no beer here at this rustic wooden inn and if you even try to order it, prepare for a scolding (and everything does sound scarier with a German accent).
Although Berlin’s got the national monopoly on good vegan restaurants, Gratitude in Munich brings serious competition. It’s anti-minimalist portions are amazing, like signature dish: a big ol’ grilled avocado stuffed with fresh, organic herbs and veg.
In Café Paris’ art-deco saloon and butcher’s hall, you can enjoy a feast fit for French (and German) royalty. The “big breakfast for two” with cheeses, meats, salmon, bread, fruit and more is a guaranteed food baby.
These roasted sausage links may look like your average Denny’s breakfast, but don’t let that fool you. Seared on a beech wood grill in sets of six, eight, ten or twelve, the juicy, smoky goodness of these babies is totally unbearable.
This restaurant overlooking the Machsee is perfect for a romantic candlelit dinner, either out on the breezy outdoor terrace or from behind floor-to-ceiling glass inside. The menu changes seasonally, but the tunafish carpaccio and salmon trout are both stellar options.