Herman Ze German

German food doesn’t get as much attention as it should.

Every high-street in the western world is plastered with American diners, Italian Restaurants and Chinese take-aways.

German taverns are just not all that main-stream… yet.

But I sink ze tides, zey are a-changing.

I know a little place in Soho that you are going to liebe.

It’s clad in wood, iron, gingham and makes a very bold claim…

It’s relatively new but already wildly popular with the locals. Don’t worry there’s acres of room downstairs if you can’t get a table upstairs.

They have a pretty small, concise menu of imported high-quality-free-range sausages and sides.

(Whenever I say free-range sausage I have visions of a ranch somewhere with frankfurters & bratwursts frolicking in the meadow… but that’s not important right now. Anyway, if they were German wouldn’t they be on mountain tops, skiing & drinking beer?)

I went for the bratwurst with sauerkraut, onions & fries (on the left below) and he went for the chilli beef sausage with all the trimmings (right).

The chilli dog was good… but the bratwurst was definitely the better choice. Perfectly cooked with a great ‘snap’ as you bite into it. The soft, chewy french bread rolls are a serious win too. American hot dogs – 0 German hot dogs – 1

Seeing as we’re going all Euro, you’ll want to smother your oven baked (not fried) chips in a generous splurge of mayo.

It’s a great place to grab a quick lunch… but probably not the most elegant choice for a date (see above). Find them in Soho at 33 Old Compton Street.

Ze only stipulation iiz zat you must speak vith zee German accent for zee rest of zee afternoon, ja? It makes everysing much more fun, liebelein!

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