Thursday, 26 May 2016
Herman ze German, London
I miss it so much (oh, I lived there for six months, in case you didn't know. Many antics over on the Travel tab.)
It's been over a year since I was last in Deutschland and that is simply far too long.
However, the pain of missing Germany has been slightly eased by one particular London eatery: Herman Ze German.
I mean, the name alone is just great, don't you think? It really sets the tone too.
HzG is a mini London chain with three branches across the capital, serving quick, simple German fare in an informal setting.
I can recommend starting off your visit with a chilled beverage and a bowl of pommes - I'd translate but I think the picture below renders that unnecessary.
Even better than the plain fries, however, are the cheesy fries. Obviously. Because covering carbs in cheese is a sure-fire way to improve them.
And alongside that cheesy potatoey deliciousness we had classic Currywurst, topped with crispy onions.
The Currywurst tastes just as I remember it does from street vendors in Berlin - that perfect weird but delicious mix of ketchup and curry powder.
Slightly less authentic to my mind, however, was the Schnitzel.
this, but HzG's was more like a breaded chicken breast. Still very tasty, for sure, but a little disappointing when you're expecting a traditional Schnitz.
Naturally, we also had Sauerkraut, as any self-respecting German would.
If you are after something slightly lighter - German food is often pretty stodgy, as you can probably tell - HzG offer the option of Wurst with salad instead of chips, which I had on my first visit.
Herman ze German is a great spot for a relaxed dinner with friends. It isn't fancy - there are no white tablecloths and the loos are a bit grimy, but I can deal with that. It's fun, affordable and the food is great.
Plus, it takes me back to Germany! *sob*
What do you think? Do you like the look of Herman ze German?
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