I'm visiting Frankfurt this weekend with my boyfriend and having done a bit of research on the boards I have made a reservation at Margarete and have enquired about reservations at Heimat and Emma Metzler for our other evening meal. If both are possible, which would you recommend? I haven't been able to find a Heimat menu (I'm trusting positive chowhound feedback here!) so am unsure how they compare.
I'm also interested in casual suggestions for breakfast/lunch. We are exporing the city to see what it might be like to live there, so will be spending time in a few different neighborohoods - Nordend, Sachsenhausen, lower end of Bornheim and Bockenheim are all on our list. Info about any nice cafes, bars or food markets that are in these areas that we might visit would be great.
Also, is there much of a cocktail/wine scene in the city? any recommendations would again be very welcome.
thanks and apologies for the short notice!
Sorry to have missed this post when you were here. In case you return for another visit, here are a few more suggestions:
All the areas you are considering are full of local cafes, restaurants, etc. In Sachsenhausen, I love K'ties for a simple and delicious lunch or a cappuccino and cake. They are only open for lunch and is more a cafe for cappucino and cake. But their a daily quiche and salad or soup is delicous. And the crusts on their tarts are wonderful. Very darling Petite cafe with odd ends from France.
The cocktail/wine scene in Frankfurt isn't that great compared to NYC, London, Tokyo, Shanghai or other major cosmpolitan centers. However, if you consider that Frankfurt is just a big small town, then your expectations will be better met. For wine/Sekt, a cheap and lively options are the second floor of the Kleinmarkthalle, the Friday market stall in front of the Old Borse building, the Saturday market on Konstablerwache, or any of the other fests that seem to take place each weekend in Frankfurt. For Cocktails at sunset I head to the rooftop bar of Flemings hotel near the Eschenheimer Tor, or Vai Vai in Nordend because I live in Nordend and these are within 10 min walk from my house. For wine, we usually drink at home, but if we want to go out, the weinstube on Eckenheimer Landstrasse, is our to to place. The place is always packed and loud; get there early if you want a table. Otherwise people crowd the bar or stand outside and enjoy their wines. Hope this helps for your next trip.
I also just moved here this past summer so I can appreciate what you and your boyfriend may be considering. Lots of youngsters and foreigners also live in Bornheim and seem to have their share of favorite cafes, restaurants, etc. What I have noticed here is that people usually stay within the area they live. It is different from major cities where people will drive or travel to a great restaurant. Here, people tend to walk or go to the local places within their 'hood. Good luck!
If you should be lucky/wise enough to move to Frankfurt, be advised that breakfast is more easily found in the hotels. There is always the Hauptbahnhof.
With a city apartment next to the I.G. Farben building for 6 years, I found the city very walkable with delightful culinary surprises. Usually in basements or the 1st floor of apartment buildings.
Kaufhalle on the Ziel had the best food market. Both every day and imported goodies. But just a couple of blocks towards the river is the Kleinmarkt halle. Wonderful cheeses, wide variety of seasonal and imported veggies, and butchers along the wall. Do not miss.
Thanks for the tips, the markets sound particularly good. Hopefully we will find some places for breakfast or a mid-morning coffee and cake as I like to support smaller local businesses (which is not the case with our hotel this trip!).
My reservation enquiries have come back and Heimat is closed for a private dinner so we will go to Emma Metzler.
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So, we went and had a lovely meal at Margarete and an overpriced disappointing one at Emma Metzler. We also discovered and enjoyed the sweet delights of Bitter & Zart.
At Maragrete we ate in the restaurant rather than the less formal cafe which serves tapas. Having seen the enormous portions being served, we started by sharing ricotta ravioli with sauerkraut and a lemon and potato foam. Delicious and a nicely balanced dish. My boyfriend’s main was one of the specials – liver and mash – very simple and very delicious.
I had the fish special which was a white fish which the waiter said would be served with a lentil and pear salsa plus mash. Instead it was a celery and pear salsa and I think the mash was flavoured with peas and broad beans. The contrast of the cold and crunchy salsa with the rest of the dish was lovely and made it quite light to eat. No space for pudding but I would really recommend the wine we had – a Scheurebe which is a lovely German white wine.
At Emma Metzler we opted to have the 4 course set menu with wine. The starter was an enormous plate of salad leaves served with a soft goats cheese and three small pieces of smoked salmon. Far too much cheese, not enough salmon and the large pile of salad leaves were very uninspiring.
The fish course which followed was better – the fish and seafood was beautifully cooked and served on top of haricot beans which were cooked with apple and had been spiced with cinnamon. The dish was too sweet for my tastes and I didn’t like the use of the spices. The next course was chicken which was wrapped in pastry. Neither of us can can’t remember what accompanied it. This was the only disappointment with the wine pairing as despite being told all the wines would be German, we were served a French red.
Pudding was a chocolate sponge which had a melted chocolate centre (vanilla sponge and a milk choc centre), plus vanilla ice cream, various fruit puree smears and a chocolate straw. Overall we had a bill that was twice as much as Maragete and apart from the pre-dessert (some blackcurrants topped with lovely light chocolate foam which was squirted on top of the fruits) didn’t find anything we’d like to have again. We both really liked the space though and I imagine it is lovely for lunch or on a light evening when the light is streaming in.
Bitter & Zart is a chocolate shop and cafe (on the same street as Margarete) which we popped into en route to an early morning walking tour of the city. They serve thick unsweetened hot chocolate (you can have it with or without milk – I preferred without) and have a selection of flavoured sugars you can use – rose, citrus and violet were the flavours we tried. Our second visit was for hot chocolate and to try their lovely looking cakes – I had a delicious plum streusel tart and my boyfriend had a creamy apricot & yoghurt tart. Be warned though, although the cafe is open on Sundays, the shop is not (so no souvenirs for me).