We went here for a romantic dinner on a short trip, and... we and our tastebuds were amazed by the quality of the food, the combinations of tastes, the freshness, everything. We had the menu (4 dishes) and the recommended wine, and everything was marvelous. The waiters were attentive with an eye for small details, and surprisingly witty and entertaining, which added to our fantastic evening. The area around the restaurant is interesting and authentic. Lots of small shops, restaurants, bars. You don't need to dress up when going here, and I'd you do you will get plenty of interested looks - enjoy them :-). We took the train to Altona station and walked from there (around 10-15 minutes)
Our group of three had dinner here in November. The restaurant has a front and a back room - we were seated in the back one, which is very pleasant. Although the restaurant was quite full, the noise level was not at all high (happily, no background music) and we were able to chat away comfortably. Not a very wide choice of dishes, though what looked a decent four-course set menu was available at 32 euros. Four courses seemed a bit too much for us, so we ordered à la carte (probably the right decision, since we each had a starter and a main, and then shared a dessert). All the food was cooked and presented well, and we enjoyed just about everything. The highlights were both starters, and indeed soups: one with fish, provencal-style, the other celeriac and mushroom with pear chutney - sounds odd, but tasted delicious. My main course involved wild boar - the meat was excellent, but the accompaniments not quite so good, e.g. a rather odd potato roll which was like cardboard. The wines were a little pricy, but complemented the food well enough, as did the rather less expensive draught beer. Once they got round to taking our order (though to be fair, we dithered around quite a lot), the staff were very attentive and made a good impression. Overall, the restaurant's style might be described as traditional German with a modern twist. It's not exactly cheap (our bill came to about 165 euros, a third of which was for drinks), but nor is it unduly expensive, given the standard of the food and service and the generally pleasant nature of the venue. I'd certainly go there again.
The atmosphere is cozy, the cake is delicious, however, the service (or part of it ) is incredibly rude and unfriendly. We had coffee, cake and soft drinks on a Sunday afternoon when the shift changed. Our waiter apologized that he had to ask us to pay but said that of course we could stay as long as we wanted. A bit later his colleague came and said, that she needs to clean the table for the evening guests and that we should leave now. We said, that her colleague said we could stay and she only laughed and said no, we had to leave. The silly thing about it: NO evening guests where in sight, only 2 other tables were occupied and it was only 5:40PM (and we have only been there for an hour max, we were not hanging out for hours). We will never go there again and if you would like to spend a relaxed coffee you should definitely go elsewhere. Shame about the nice interior and cake though.
lovely food and a very vibrant atmosphere. friendly staff. booking almost essential. walking distance from altona station