Even outside the exhibition grounds, Frankfurt scores with its internationality, because people of the most diverse backgrounds and biographies have always shaped the coexistence here and made Frankfurt a culturally diverse, cosmopolitan metropolis. Today we take you on a culinary foray through international restaurants that you shouldn’t miss.
Friends of Asian cuisine should take the short walk to Ramen Jun, where they’ll find Japanese noodle soups prepared to traditional recipes served by Mister Jun. He already owns several restaurants in Japan and now wants to establish a base in Frankfurt from which he can conquer Germany with his tasty and substantial soups. If you’re not sure how to eat these long noodles elegantly, just watch the numerous Japanese guests at the restaurant.
In a quiet side street in the relaxed Westend district of Frankfurt not far from the Alte Oper opera house, restaurateur Franz Zlunka runs the Herr Franz restaurant. Patrons are served their meals in the former stables of Jewish businessman and multimillionaire Mark John Livingston. It may sound a tad rustic, but it’s in fact an imposing neo-Baroque building. However, the interior design has been kept deliberately understated and the food is cooked behind an open counter. Since the owner is a dyed-in-the-wool Austrian, the restaurant naturally offers Wiener Schnitzel served in authentic style with cranberries and potato salad. And if Herr Franz himself is on duty, you may well find him sitting down for a brief chat, clicking his fingers and having another bottle of wine brought to the table.
Just a couple of blocks away in a parallel street is a picture-book French brasserie called Mon Amie Maxi. Situated in the historic Villa May, it combines chandeliers, giant floral arrangements and heavy upholstered chairs to create a harmonious whole without dominating the dining environment. The open-style Raw Bar in the middle of the restaurant is a great attraction that makes it crystal clear what you’re likely to find on the menu. Here, fresh mussels, lobsters, oysters and other seafood can be inspected before being prepared by the chef de cuisine in the open kitchen and served to appreciative diners.
If after an eventful day at the show followed by a good meal you’ve still got the energy to go out and celebrate, a short walk will take you to the perfect place. Der Grieche offers Greek specialities as well as lots of Greek passion. From Thursday to Saturday there is dancing on the tables almost as soon as the plates have been taken away when DJ Nikos gets going. This stylishly furnished taverna with its mix of dining and clubbing not only attracts a wide range of locals from bankers to party animals, it also creates a real holiday atmosphere.