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Frankfurt- Or The Wurst is Yet to Come

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Frankfurt- Or The Wurst is Yet to Come

Simon Majumdar | Oct 24, 2000 03:19 AM

Just back from the joys(?) of the Frankfurt book fair.

I would like to say that I found wonderful restaurants full of German specialities. Great sausages, black bread, cheeses and pickles. I would like to say this, but in all honesty can't. I am afraid the food was as woeful as the words "German Cusine" would lead you to believe. In fact it was very difficult to find any german food and I ended up in various "International" restaurants. I suspect this is because it is a conference town and if I had chance to get out of the city it would have been better.

In the end I visited

Cafe Spice Ginger ( although the owner looked more like Ginger Spice ) was a perfectly avaerage High St Chinese but did, to its credit serve a good selection of dim sum

Restaurant Isolante was a ferouciously priced, highly recommended and hugely disappointing flop. Flaccid pasta, overcooking to the point of incineration. Do we really need comedy Italian waiters waving huge phallic pepper pots and shouting "who wants sexy pepper" in this day and age?

Die Ratstubben ( I was actually afraid to ask for a translation ) was a passable greek place. Good mezze, bu, as is often the problem in these places, poor entrees. It will have fond memories for me though as the owner had an extraordinarily pretty daughter who kept pouring free Metaxa down us and gave me her number!!!!!

I have to say the best meal of the lot was the breakfasts in my hotel, a small family run place in a beautiful village called Koenigstein, a few miles from Frankfurt. Wonderful home made bread, a wide selections of seeds and grains, egges from their own chickens and home cured hams and sausages.

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