Seeking some kosher food with a Jewish colleague who’s visiting Hamburg with me this time, we decided to try Café Leonar , a 4 year-plus eatery strategically located in Grindel, traditionally Hamburg’s Jewish quarter before the war. Today, besides the Talmud-Torah school up the road, 200 yards from Café Leonar, there’re very little visible remains of the old Jewish community.
What I liked about Cafe Leonar was its bright sunny dining area, surrounded by books on Judaism, etc (the place also functioned as a Jewish book club).
What we had:
- A shared appetizer platter consisting of a very tasty hummus, some wonderful freshly-prepared falafel (crisp shells encasing moist, delicious chickpea-bean interior), pillowy-soft pita bread, shredded rotkohl, and freshly-chopped tomato-cucumber-pepper salad dressed in olive oil-lemon dressing;
- Entrees were: Chicken breast fillets stuffed with chopped spinach and melted cheese, served with pumpkin puree and pan-fried vegetables. The other entrée was Wiener Schnitzel, served with a creamy-vinegary warm potato salad
We liked the food – it was not out-and-out Sephardic nor Ashkenazy-Jewish cuisine, more like just simply kosher German cuisine. We didn’t try any of the baked goods on display – probably worth checking out next time.
No credit cards accepted here.
20146 Hamburg, Germany
Tel: +49 40 41353011