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Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg Germany

| May 16, 2013 | 1 Comment

Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg; enter the Brasserie, Restaurant & Bar ‘Die Bank’ at Hohe Bleichen 17, in downtown Hamburg, and open the huge door into what once was the ‘Kassenhalle’ (‘cashier’s hall’). Built in 1897 as a bank, the fully restored building is as impressive from the outside, as is the staircase leading up to the brasserie and into the hall.

Dinner at 'Die Bank' - Hamburg Germany

Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg Germany

The grand bar is your first draw, inviting you to take a seat, settling in over a glass of champagne and begin observing the large room with its many white linen-covered tables, magnificent marble pillars supporting the enormous loft ceiling, and an ueber large photo of an intriguing character at the far end wall. The ‘bank’ theme is ever-present – not only by its ‘hall-like’ atmosphere, or by themed photos and paintings (a lightbox highlighting a Benjamin Franklin $100 bill), and the vault which is no longer filled with ‘Marks’, but vintage wine. A well executed blend between historic foundations and a contemporary interior sets the scene.

Dinner at 'Die Bank' - Hamburg Germany

Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg Germany

Rest-assured, it is not all ‘bank’ and impressive memorabilia; the menu boasts Asian to French cuisine, and true to any harbor city – fresh seafood, oysters, and lobster on display. The menu also features seasonal delights – like ‘Spargel’. From April till late June is Stangenspargel (white asparagus) season; a popular vegetable from the region, served with fresh organic potatoes, and optional Katenschinken (smoked ham), veal or grilled scampi.

Dinner at 'Die Bank' - Hamburg Germany

Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg Germany

Whether you opt to stay put at the bar (dining allowed), or had planed ahead to reserve a table, your time spent at ‘Die Bank’ is rewarded with stimulating your senses. Bon appetit!

Dinner at ‘Die Bank’ – Hamburg Germany

History: The building was built in 1897 by Berlin architect William Martens. For over 100 years it served as a bank building, before being sold, modernised and re-opned on the 4th November 2005. DIE BANK opened in the former banking hall as a brasserie, bar and restaurant, offering international cuisine prepared by Chef Thomas Fischer.

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