Frankfurt’s bustling district of Bockenheim, home to the world-famous Frankfurt Trade Fair, also has a deserved reputation as a culinary capital thanks to its diverse collection of busy restaurants. From Southern steaks to traditional schnitzel, you’ll find it all in this historic neighbourhood.
Whether you want to indulge in a hearty traditional meal after visiting the Senkenberg Museum of Natural History, or linger over the pleasures of fine dining before an evening performance at the Titania Event Theatre, Bockenheim has restaurants to rival any in Europe. Visit these local eateries to sample authentic regional cuisine, fabulous fusion foods and international imports.
Intimate neighbourhood restaurant Immer Satt or “Always Satisfied” may look cute and cosy – but don’t be fooled by its down to earth approach. This little gem serves a wealth of elegantly presented German cuisine with a bistro twist, located a leisurely 20 minute stroll away from our Radisson Blu Hotel Frankfurt. Be sure to sample the Zwiebelschnitzel mit Kroketten, a delicious cutlet of pork bathed in an onion sauce and served with crispy croquettes.
On a bright summer afternoon, enjoy a leisurely al fresco dinner in Classico’s rustic patio garden. This restaurant serves a mouth-watering selection of fish, soup and pasta dishes cooked with fresh gourmet ingredients, from Canadian lobster to Périgord truffles. The daily fish specials are sourced straight from the Mediterranean sea – try the tangy fine-fish Carpaccio with lime and olive oil to start, followed by a show-stopping main course of monkfish medallion in a Dijon mustard velouté.
The bright and bohemian Chalet 18 prides itself on its ethical, organic approach to French fine dining, believing that food tastes better when chefs are respectful of the natural world. It’s hard to determine whether the food’s brilliance is due to its environmentally friendly origins or its exquisite presentation, but whatever it is, it’s certainly effective. Each dish served at this couple-run restaurant is beautifully assembled, whether you’ve ordered delicate scallops with baby carrots and passion fruit or a refreshing pear tart served with nougat and almond cream. Just make sure you book well in advance, because tables in this charming eatery are high in demand.
Anyone who thinks you can’t find a good steak house outside the American Deep South should pay a visit to Bockenheim’s trademark steak restaurant, Block House. From the simple patio garden amidst soaring skyscrapers to the rough-and-ready dishes on the menu, there’s nothing pretentious about Block House – it just serves great steak. Select from over five different cuts, ranging from a 12oz rib eye mastercut to the slimline fillet mignon, add one of their hearty side dishes (the baked potato, heaped with sour cream, is especially good), and expect nothing less than perfection.
The cavernous underground dining area of La Boveda (or “The Vault”, in Spanish), has become a favourite haunt of locals and travellers alike. On some evenings you can watch live flamenco dancers perform captivating shows in the atmospheric chamber, as you choose from a selection of fiery tapas and traditional Spanish paella dishes. The chorizo is delicious, but don’t leave without indulging in some delicious fresh crab or turbot from the seafood showcase by the bar.