Posts Tagged ‘Frankfurt


Food #007: Yan Jing

Thursday night I went to Yan Jing with a few friends here in Frankfurt. The restaurant is near Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof and the reason my friends wanted to go there was because the restaurant has a good sushi buffet.

When we got there at 7.30pm, a lot of tables were empty. They gave us a nice table in a corner, I ordered Apfelsaftschorle and then we filled our plates at the buffet.

[picture of sushi]

Just a small selection of the sushi on offer.

The sushi is made directly at the restaurant, so it is very fresh and very tasty. They have all sorts of different types, even one kind that looks fried to me. But that’s not all. They also have more parts to the buffet with rice, chicken, aubergines, fried bananas and so on. You can even get packed ice creams from a freezer as part of the buffet! However, at the time I was told that, I was too stuffed to actually eat any. Also, it almost seems a waste to eat cheap ice cream if you could be eating sushi!

Now you’re most likely wondering how much an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet is. Well, it’s 15,80 EUR, and my Apfelschorle was about 3,60 EUR, so it’s certainly not the cheapest place to eat in Frankfurt. However, for anyone who’s really hungry and enjoys sushi, I’d still recommend the place, as the food is tasty and plenty.


Food #006: YOURS Australian Brunch

There’s an Australian restaurant in Frankfurt near Hauptwache that lies slightly hidden in a small shopping passage in the street that has a Starbucks, the stock exchange and also Die Kuh die lacht in it. It’s called Yours Australian Bar and it’s a good restaurant with decent burgers and also specialty items like kangaroo, emu or crocodile steak. It’s not to be confused with YOURS Sports Bar in Bornheim which doesn’t have delicious burgers but mediocre fish and chips.

Yours Australian Bar have brunch every Sunday from 10am to 3pm with a rather huge selection. You can get everything from eggs (hard-boiled or scrambled), tomatoes and mozzarella, sausages, lasagna, meat pie things, artichokes, bacon, croquettes, baked beans to pancakes, yoghurt, cereals, plum crumble, fruit salad, croissants and bread rolls.

Plates with food.

While the picture may be bad, the food was rather good. Especially the bacon.

Brunch is 9,90 EUR per person, so not exactly cheap, especially since you need to get your drinks extra. I suppose it depends on how much you’re able to eat. The service was a bit slow and they didn’t strike me as particularly friendly (or unfriendly, for that matter), but it has to be said that the place was packed and they were probably just very stressed out.


Waffles, egg, a pancake and a fried tomato. Yum.

All in all, I do recommend brunch there for everyone who wants to eat a lot, but those who’d rather have a nice (or possibly unusual) dinner should stop by there some other time and get something from the regular menu when it’s slightly less crowded.

[The Bill]

Not exactly cheap.


Food #005: Kowloon City

I once saw this really interesting documentary on Kowloon, the Walled City, a very densely populated district in Hong Kong that was later torn down. So I was quite curious what to expect from a restaurant called Kowloon City.

It came highly recommended and the menu on the Kowloon City website looked quite promising. While not too much to look at from the outside (in fact, it’s a bit out of the way behind the cinema near Eschenheimer Tor), the interior is quite nice with dark tables in fake wood design and such.

The service was fast and friendly and we ordered some tea, which came in cute little tea pots.


As a starter we had a mixed plate of dim sum, as they recommend in the menu that you should get them. They were quite good.


As a main course I ordered rice with vegetables and tofu, which was excellents. Their noodles were good, too.



Some plum wine for dessert and voilà, a perfect evening out. I can recommend this place and suggest you go sooner rather than later!


Food #004: Lunch at Café Pause

In Lyoner Straße in Niederrad (in Frankfurt), there’s a little café that I still remember from when it was a Starbucks back when I lived in Niederrad in 2009. As Niederrad is essentially a district where people work, it used to be closed on weekends but I don’t doubt they had a lot of visitors in the mornings, during lunch time, and after work. I went there with my mom on the evening on which I moved away, uncertain if I’d ever return.

We recently went to Café Pause for lunch and I got me one of their paninis and a hot chocolate. I don’t know how they manage it, but regularly when we go there they forget part of the order, this time it was the hot chocolate that arrived only after asking again. Once we went there and someone ordered something like a tropical smoothie and then ended up getting a very different smoothie. When he complained the woman at the counter said, “I know you wanted a tropical smoothie, but we were out so I made you this one.” Ehm, riiight. They simply seem rather overwhelmed when it gets busy.


Another drawback to eating there is the price. A panini  panino with feta and serrano is 3,90 EUR and their hot chocolate is 2,90 EUR. Not exactly what I’d call cheap.


Despite all this the quality of their food is good indeed. Their bread is yummy and their muffins are as well and I certainly won’t complain about their hot chocolate. Mmmh.

All in all, while I don’t recommend Café Pause as the place to eat all the time, it is sometimes a nice place to get away and eat in an atmosphere that is less like a canteen and more like a real café.


Food #001: Breakfast at Iimori

My blog has atrophied for a while now, and I think it’s high time I revive it. Why not revive it as you would a person – with some good food?

On Sunday, we got out of the house early enough in the morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Iimori here in Frankfurt. Their weekend breakfast starts at 10am and goes on until 1pm, so I don’t have to tell you what great effort that was. They are located near Dom/Römer, just a few steps behind the Starbucks on the corner.

Iimori's interior

Iimori’s quaint interior. A lopsided view…

Iimori’s interior is quaint, with wooden floors, old wooden furniture, tea boxes standing around and a faux cherry blossom branch on the wall. It’s sunny, too, and in the unusual heat of the day, it got quite warm in there.

Waffle and cappuchino

The perfect waffle. Not too soggy, not too crunchy.


Breakfast is 6.90 EUR, which includes apple juice, cereal, unusual rolls with what I assume to be green tea crust, little croissants, waffles, baked goods with red bean paste, ham, eggs, yoghurt, raisin bread, etc. While this all you can eat buffet may not be as intimidating  big as other buffets, there is quite a lot to choose from, and at the end of your meal, you’re likely to be well satiated without being entirely stuffed.

Baked goods.

You may think my plate is half empty, but it is, in fact, half full.

All in all certainly recommendable!



Music Monday #36: An Horse

On Monday, April 4, 2011, I went to see An Horse in concert in Frankfurt. An Horse [-> Wikipedia], as you might know, are a very cool band form Brisbane, Australia. They’ve opened for Tegan and Sara before, which is how I personally found out about their existence.

Their first full album is Rearrange Beds and it came out in 2009. I have listened to it many times and I like it better with each listen. Maybe you will, too. When I read that you can pre-order their next album, I did so very quickly. I ordered it on vinyl, the reasoning being that the price was the same as the CD, vinyl has bigger artwork, and I’ll most likely listen to it in MP3 format most of the time anyway.

The venue they performed at was called Das Bett, a rather small club in Frankfurt. The support act was a band from Cologne, Periscope, and while they put in a lot of effort, I thought it was hard to get into the music. Then again, I always find it hard to judge live music. It’s usually rather loud and the vocals aren’t very clear. When The Jezabels opened for Tegan & Sara in Melbourne, I thought they were okay, but I only really got into them when I listened to their EP at home.

At any rate, once Periscope ended their set, An Horse took to the stage. It was almost sad that only about 50 people came to see them, but An Horse still seemed happy, considering it was a Monday night. “Who does that? Who goes out on a Monday night? I never do that,” Kate said. “But I don’t go out on Friday night either.” They played some old songs, which were great, and some new songs, which were cool, too, although I didn’t understand much of the lyrics. I found Damon’s drumming quite impressive, and it still amazes me how this small band of only two people can produce as rich a sound as they do. One Fender guitar, one drum set, two harmonizing voices – apparently, that’s really all you need.

They warned us ahead of time that they wouldn’t do an encore, as encores are awkward, and besides, they had already played all the songs they know. So after the final applause, we went over to the merchandise table and I bought one of their T-shirts to support them. It has a severed hand and a bird on it, and as Damon was standing nearby, I asked him what the meaning of the shirt was. He told me they just had a friend in Melbourne do all their designs, and they usually liked what she came up with. So basically, it didn’t mean anything, it was only meant to look nice.

All in all it was a very nice gig and if they ever play anywhere near you, do go there and support them. Then you can say leter, “Hey, I already knew them before they were really famous.”


Chaotic evening with free books

Today, after a long day at work, I wanted to go home and what happened? The subway station was on fire. I’m not making this up. It was a small fire, though, and nobody got hurt, but of course all the trams that did go were packed and so it took me twice as long to get home.

Also, I didn’t go straight home, I stopped by a friend’s house. He’ll be moving soon and was giving away many of his books for free. So I took many of them and gave them a new home:

Of course, I already have plenty of books to read, but I figure, they don’t have a “best before” date, and if I decide I don’t want to read them after all, I can still give them away.