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  • 5.0 star rating
    27/5/2013

    I love this place!!!!  Great food, great service, nice atmosphere and decent prices. The weekend brunch buffet is awesome... for only €22. Definitely a place to recommend and visit again.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/2/2013
    1 check-in here

    My first encounter with Hammersteins.
    -
    My lil family enjoys our regular  window shopping through Cologne|s shopping mile. I'd been wondering why this venue
    was usually packed and busy, I did think they had to have great food or something like that. My dearly betterhalf confronted
    that Hammerstein's he knew didnt only have unpleasant food but also bad service. I had no choice left than just pass it by.
    -
    As we love to spoil ourselves once awhile with long sleep on Sundays and keep the kitchen clean and cold for the weekend, we
    join Sunday Brunch from time to time, esp. on special occasion like Easter or Pentacost. We've been to some upscale brunch arrangement
    ie. Grand Kameha in Bonn, Hyatt-Le Meridien&Maritim Hotels in Cologne. As I was almost outta date I asked a german lady Qyper, she
    suggested us to give Hammerstein's a try.
    -
    MAY 2011
    So here we go... Of course I didnt set my expectation way too high for around 20 Bucks brunch (note: Hyatt & Le Meridien charge 59-65€),
    but to my surprise at that time, Hammerstein's didnt do any bad. The service was profesional as well and from the reservation to our
    'departing' run smooth.
    -

    So its been over a year, I thought lets have some easy rendezvous! I booked the table some weeks before and asked for a window table. As we
    arrived there last Sunday, it looked somewhat like a little chaos. A staff asked one of my handsome male companions if we had
    a table reservation. As this arrogant staff got the name, we noticed that we were one of the first who did the table reservation for that
    day, so I was kind of relief. Surely one of the best spot would be ours. To my deepest shocked, he sent us a 4 table-seat just
    in the middle of the room behind a narrow tall wall just a few centimeter away (not even 1 m away) from the Buffet Bar and the walk
    aisle which means everyone has to pass our table- with the risk of one out of 5 guests or waitress would bumb onto your seat or table. Plus
    the feeling that there is always somebody walking behind or toward my seat.
    -
    I def. asked this very staff if he could get us another table mentioning that it was stil early enough (the Buffet starts at 1030 and it was only 1035!)
    and the half of the venue was stil unoccupied. He said roughly that they already numbered every table and it was inpossible
    to do anything. I confronted nicely with my argument that we booked a window table and it was already weeks ago where hardly noone did. USELESS.
    -
    To make it the best of it, I really hoped that I'd at least enjoy the food.
    -
    The food range wasnt bad at all- just as much as last year. But somehow the quality went down, apparently. They looked good and
    very inviting but you'd be disapointed once you put it in your mouth. Its like eating meal from the cans. The fresh fruits served looked either pale or too ripe.
    The dessert table was a mess as well as the sweets on the plates. One other thing I
    really have to meantion, that they offer 3 warm main courses  which turned out to be very 'stingy'. Served heartless as well. Our lil boy asked for a hot chocolate
    as the waiter brought us some coffee, so I really thought it was in the arrangement. At the end they charged us around 3 Euros for that!
    -
    As we finaly were able to leave the restaurant and take some deep fresh air outside, we both knew that we wouldnt be back for any Hammersteins brunch in the future.

    • Qype User Ernst_…
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • 4 friends
    • 66 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    11/4/2010

    Hammerstein's (oh dear, not another unnecessary silly German aposhtrophe!) is one of those places that's telling you the very moment you enter that it's an upper class affair. The setting, the styling, the self-confident pricing, a moderately classy menu and even the snooty waiters are all there and present. What isn't, unfortunately, is the quality to back it all up.

    The salads, for example, are rather expensive, suggesting a high quality dish, which, in fact, it wasn't. The dressing was nondescript and the goat's cheese - I was expecting Picandou - turned out to be of the irrelevant type in terms of taste. And then there was the sweet corn: personally, I can't stand it and I thought its usage was limited to the most basic of gastronomy these days, but the chef at Hammerstein's apparently begs to disagree.

    But the salad was positively forgettable compared with the Bruschette we had ordered as an amuse bouche. Two of them were completely bland, as well as a bit bland, but the "colourful" (red and probably tomato-based) one was actually overseasoned to the point of being inedible.

    In the end Hammerstein's turned out to be one of those disappointing venues which place style high above content. The fact that the place was absolutely packed with people apparently satisfied with this kind of approach was in fact a wee bit depressing.

    • Qype User Joizee…
    • Hamburg, Germany
    • 150 friends
    • 448 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    9/8/2009

    Not very impressed with this reincarnation of the location. The previous place was an institution in Cologne. This new place is just much too generic. The prices are aimed at tourists and are unnecessarily high. The food is of low quality and service quite slow. Nevertheless the place was full when we were there. I have been to worse restaurants and in general the place was clean and so forth. It's just not anything memorable anymore and completely fits in with the standardization of stores, shops and cafes on this street. There are so many more hidden gems in the immediate area that I'd recommend putting in the effort to find them and skip this one.

    • Qype User Victim…
    • Singapore, Singapore
    • 71 friends
    • 524 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    14/5/2012

    Sadly, I got to be agreed with most of German and English reviewers.
    -
    Let me start with mZ first encounter with Hammersteins.
    -
    My lil family enjoys our regular window shopping through Cologne|s shopping mile. I'd been wondering why this venue
    was usually packed and busy, I did think they had to have great food or something like that. My dearly betterhalf confronted
    that Hammerstein's he knew didnt only have unpleasant food but also bad service. I had no choice left than just pass it by.
    -
    As we love to spoil ourselves once awhile with long sleep on Sundays and keep the kitchen clean and cold for the weekend, we
    join Sunday Brunch from time to time, esp. on special occasion like Easter or Pentacost. We've been to some upscale brunch arrangement
    ie. Grand Kameha in Bonn, Hyatt-Le Meridien&Maritim Hotels in Cologne. As I was almost outta date I asked a german lady Qyper, she
    suggested us to give Hammerstein's a try.
    -
    MAY 2011
    So here we go Of course I didnt set my expectation way too high for around 20 Bucks brunch (note: Hyatt & Le Meridien charge 59-65EUR),
    but to my surprise at that time, Hammerstein's didnt do any bad. The service was profesional as well and from the reservation to our
    'departing' run smooth.
    -
    May 2012
    So its been a year, I thought lets have some easy rendezvous! I booked the table some weeks before and asked for a window table. As we
    arrived there last Sunday, it looked somewhat like a little chaos. A staff asked one of my handsome male companions if we had
    a table reservation. As this arrogant staff got the name, we noticed that we were one of the first who did the table reservation for that
    day, so I was kind of relief. Surely one of the best spot would be ours. To my deepest shocked, he sent us a 4 table-seat just
    in the middle of the room behind a narrow tall wall just a few centimeter away (not even 1 m away) from the Buffet Bar and the walk
    aisle which means everyone has to pass our table- with the risk of one out of 5 guests or waitress would bumb onto your seat or table. Plus
    the feeling that there is always somebody walking behind or toward my seat.
    -
    I def. asked this very staff if he could get us another table mentioning that it was stil early enough (the Buffet starts at 1030 and it was only 1035!)
    and the half of the venue was stil unoccupied. He said roughly that they already numbered every table and it was inpossible
    to do anything. I confronted nicely with my argument that we booked a window table and it was already weeks ago where hardly noone did. USELESS.
    -
    To make it the best of it, I really hoped that I'd at least enjoy the food.
    -
    The food range wasnt bad at all- just as much as last year. But somehow the quality went down, apparently. They looked good and
    very inviting but you'd be disapointed once you put it in your mouth. Its like eating meal from the cans. The fresh fruits served looked either pale or too ripe.
    The dessert table was a mess as well as the sweets on the plates. One other thing I
    really have to meantion, that they offer 3 warm main courses which turned out to be very 'stingy'. Served heartless as well. Our lil boy asked for a hot chocolate
    as the waiter brought us some coffee, so I really thought it was in the arrangement. At the end they charged us around 3 Euros for that!
    -
    As we finaly were able to leave the restaurant and take some deep fresh air outside, we both knew that we wouldnt be backfor any Hammerstein|s brunch in the future.
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