In preparation for my trip to Germany over Easter, I popped into Herman ze German to acclimatise my palate
As I appreciate a good pun, I was glad to see that they haven't missed the opportunity to say 'our wurst is ze best'! Very un-German humour but most appreciated by me!
They do a range of sausages reminiscent of the many fast food stands I've seen in Germany. The range of sausages are grilled and therefore more healthy than the fried versions I've seen in Germany. I took mine sprinkled with their curry-tomato sauce
They're a bit pricier than the German versions but if you're nostalgic for some german fast food, do pop in here
Stopped in here as we were starving and this place didn't have a line.
I ordered a bratwurst and the pmmes spezial. I was told that for a few extra p I could get a water and I did. When my order was called up it was wrong! He ended up ringing me up for the meal deal that they have rather than the pommes spezial. I was hungry and didn't mind, but when they called my friends order, they got their's wrong too!!
The actual bratwurst was ok. I liked all the toppings you could get on, but I felt a bit ill later from the food. The pommes frites were nice with the mayo, but I think next time I'm going to wait in line somewhere else.It was also pretty pricey for the food you get.
Herman ze German is the best tasting currywurst I have ever had... FACT. And I've been to Hamburg a lot.
The only thing that lets this place down is that it's menu is quite complex... for instance you can have a normal wurst in a roll for £4, but not with chips or you pay another £2... yet currywurst and chips is £5... but a roll will set you back another £1...
I would recommend studying the menu first! And then going for the currywurst mit pommes with the hottest curry sauce they have... lovely!
My hot dog has a first name, it's H-E-R-M-A-N, my hot dog has a last name it's Z-E-G-E-R... Ok, this song might not be working. But dammit if the place doesn't make it me want to sing!
Herman Ze German is a delicious, tiny mostly-take-away spot where you can get your bratwurst fill.
Small space, few tables (with condiments galore), a drink case filled with almost entirely German drinks (no coke here) and an ordering counter in the back. Figure out what you want (bratwurst, currywurst, fries?) and place that order. The food comes soon enough.
I got the Bratwurst, fries, drink combo which was just about £8. Good deal, tons of food and a really, really delicious bratwurst! Holy god, well made, hot, tons of toppings on top, the works. I devoured the whole thing. It was delicious.
I also like the little touches. For instance, on the wall, they have something written in German. Turns out it means, "Everything has an ending, but sausages have two," which is a line from an old German song. That made me laugh.
The staff we're particularly friendly but I think that's because they were rushed. They did get my food to me quickly so I guess you have to trade speed for smiles. Ah well.
This place is great and worth checking out. You may even sing about it.
Picture this: an Italian decides to visit Italy for the first time. With an afternoon flight, she needs a late lunch before heading to the airport. Tubes are all whacky given the holidays, and she ends up at Embankment looking to switch to the Northern line, but still hungry. Okay, good plan, pop off the tube at Embankment and walk up toward Leicester Square to catch the Piccadilly line. Cue: Herman ze German.
I am always skeptical when I walk in for German food, because I visited Munich and love love loved the food. It wasn't gourmet when I visited, but it was authentic. So when the dude behind the counter says my currywurst will be better at Herman ze German than I had at the small takeaway near Neuschwanstein castle... Like I said, I'm skeptical. Cue: awesome food entering my life.
It was great--cheap and easy to take away, delicious and pretty much exactly what I had in Germany (I'm "pleading the fifth" in my American way, and not saying which is better). I'd highly recommend this as a spot to grab a quick bite before seeing the sights in the area. I can also imagine it's quite the good late-night food, given the venues in the area. Two thumbs up, er, five stars from me.
Super tasty sausages and yummy baked (but don't seem it) fries. Not much seating, but lots of nearby space for eating if you can't find a spot. The bockwurst are taaaasty!
This places tastes authentic, but there is something about Currywurst outside Germany that doesn't feel right.
The sausage is put into a machine to slice and dumped in a pile in your cardboard tray and covered in sauce. Not difficult to see it wouldn't make a good picture. The seasoning didn't seem well balanced either. My dish was extremely sour with not enough curry and/or chilli powder in it.
Service was also a little slow considering how easy a dish this is to make. It should be as quick or quicker than ordering at Macdonalds. Give this a try, but if you get the chance, try Curry 36 in Berlin. Most epic.
Edit: I went to another place that did Currywurst in Soho called "The Bratwurst". Having tried that abomination of what they called "currywurst" I felt I was a little harsh about Herman Ze German which was miles ahead in quailty. Added a star as a result
This is a pretty great little fast food joint down by Embankment that provides a taste of Germany to hungry Brits (or in my case, Canadian/Americans). This small establishment is no frills and offers a variety of German sausage with some frites & other fixins that satisfy anyones hunger. The spicy sauce definitely lives up to its name and is worthwhile if you can handle a bit of heat.
yes, the machine they use to dice the sausage is a little unsettling to males, simply because it conjures images of severe pain and discomfort, but it's easy to distract oneself from it by immersing oneself in the vast array of sodas or pretzels available for purchase.
My only qualm is that they charge you to add sauerkraut to your meal. 50p for cabbage? C'mon, just build it into the cost of my currywurst so that I don't have to pay a 2nd time...
If you can get beyond the very chain-like, impersonal feel of this place, you will say hot-damn, that's a fine sausage!
I was delighted and relieved to find this place open after having drinks at Gordon's wine bar next door. (It is definitely open past 11 on Fridays at least).
I asked the server what his favorite was and he recommended the chili sausage. It was AWESOME. Loved it topped with sauerkraut and a generous squeeze of mustard.
Hoping they will open up more of these, especially near the good drinking holes. Watch out kebabs, you have late-nite alcohol absorbing snacking competition!
Currywurst in London??
CURRYWURST IN LONDON!! Yay!!
H ze G is in the perfect place to line your tummy before heading on for drinks or comedy shows. The staff seem vaguely friendly but very busy ...they are happy when German folk wander in and order in their own language.
I've tried a hotdog, which was pretty good... but it's the currywurst with pommes frites that really hits the sausage.
* Warning 1: Don't expect the currywurst sauce to taste like UK-style curry. It's like Germany...so tastes more like happy, slightly spicy tomato ketchup.
** Warning 2: They have a brilliant machine that automatically chops your sausage into bite-sized-munchable pieces. Blokes shouldn't look too carefully at this chopper of phallic-like meat...it makes them look scared.
Sorry Herman, I just don't want to be porked by YOUR sausage. Just sayin'!
Any excuse to lower the tone.
I'm going to love any place that serves meat and carbs. Actually, a sausage specialist such as Herman ze German should really be a fave of faves. But the phrase "not so much" comes to mind.
I was a little under the weather and hadn't eaten anything that day when walking past this place I got very excited. I've been wangling after this First To Review for a while.
If ever their was a soulless snack bar this would be it. With all this cute marketing I was expecting so much more but the wurst was only okay and the sauerkraut was so disappointing. Not warmed up and with no bacon in it - what were they thinking?
As a lunch time spot, it's not awful, it's just not great. They'll have to try harder to impress me. Even their strange array of German fizzy pop didn't wow me.
-off day for H ze G? Das hoffe ich...
Pet peeve #432: repeating my order (klar und deutlich) in excess of three times only to receive not really what I had asked for while a co-worker, standing next to me, looks on and says nothing to help. Gracias, Jesus. Meh.
I've enjoyed past trips here and expect that this underwhelming experience is just a blip on the radar screen, as it were.
I mentioned bratwurst and a moment later we walked by Herman ze German. The universe was listening. Now if it would only listen when I play the lottery!
Although its a bit pricey, my brat really hit the spot. The staff were nice and I left full. All in all, mission accomplished.
Don't listen to the other reviewers.
I frequent to this place with my German buddies (from the war (against school work)). If you order in German, you get the same quality of service, by the way.
If you don't know what to get, I recommend currywurst with pommes frites. It's basically chopped sausage in bbq sauce topped with curry powder with a side of fresh fries. This will cost you about £4 or £5.
They take cards, but you have to spend at least £5, otherwise you get charged extra. If that's "a bit pricey" for you, then you can try the McDonald's down the street.
Also, if you're sick, the food here will not heal you. You're just going to have crappy food all day, no matter where you go, Lizzie. :O
Take-away is pretty best, since the restaurant is tiny. Sitting at the one table, even when it's empty, is a bit uncomfortable (especially since legitimate Germans are so big). There's also a sink where you can wash your hands with. A sink out in the open for all to use!
Anyway, this place is pretty cool, because their logo is a mustachioed sausage named herman.
Anyway who knows me, knows I do like a good bit of sausage. ;-)
I've always liked sausages but after living in Australia a few years ago and visiting Berlin last year, I have more appreciation than before for this juicy meat treats.
On our way home from our boxing class and en route to Charing Cross, we were starving and our friend suggested a visit as he adores the place and having just done exercise it wouldn't count - well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I can see why he loves the place. Since this visit, we've returned twice and I would recommend it.
The establishment is small but nice and well stocked, there is a very friendly and welcoming feel too. The service is great and I recommend the Bratwurst, Bockwurst and the Sauerkraut.
I have yet to try the sausage - which most of my colleagues rave about but when I'm out picking up something for lunch, the last thing I think of wanting is a currywurst. I'll save that for a drunken pub night out.
Whenever I go to Germany, esp around Bavaria, I always have to get a pretzel. When this place first opened, I think I would pick up a pretzel once a week. I don't know why I love it so much but I can't get enough. Are you an American that misses filter (drip) coffee? An american colleague told me to get the filtered coffee because it reminded her of Dunkin Donuts coffee back home. It's not exactly the same but it's a good quick fix until my next trip to NY.
Authentic German Currywurst, just choose how spicy you want it. Much dearer than when found in its native habitat, but that's what you'd expect. Does Bratwurst too.
Last December a friend introduced me to this place, and one day when I passed by it I couldn't resist to pop in. Since then I go there from time to time. Friendly [more or less German speaking] staff, delicious Currywurst and fritz-limo! They even sell Pretzels, flat sausage, and other stuff.
So far I think the best Currywurst place in London!
Been wanting to go and try this for a while but never had the chance so far. Just happened to pass by when I had to stop, walk a few step backwards and double check I wasn't imagining it.
Quickly made my way inside and ordered a bratwurst in roll with mustard, ketchup and roasted onion (I don't do sauerkraut). The guy making it was great and quite chatty, just adding to the feel of the place.
Not being English I quite enjoyed having a proper sausage (yes, IMHO, etc.) in London. The bratwurst was quite filling and very nice. Will have to go back again when I get the chance.
Oh, don't worry about getting all messy having your sausage. That's what the sink in the corner is for!
As far as fast food places in that area go, it's definitely one of the best and their late opening hours are really handy. Just watch out for the extra hot sauce that comes in a little bottle - it'll certainly make your eyes water!
I should mention that they also do what I've seen labelled as 'crumble dollars': large buns covered with an icing-crumble mix which are actually quite tasty but hard to find in London.
First off, this place easily deserves a five. When I first visited this place on vacation you can smell the rich sausage awesomeness from the street. The staff is very welcoming and warm. Met the owner in the wee hours and gave my friends and I a brief history behind this awesome establishment.
All in all, juicy sausages, great service and the buns are top notch.
I nice little shop, perfect for a quick German food fix. Good food and friendly service.
I was very excited to find this as we were looking for lunch in Villiers St. German food! Home food! Most importantly: CURRYWURST!
I tried the currywurst with pork sausage (i.e. normal Bratwurst) and the mild sauce, with a side of fries. The sausage was cut up in slightly too big pieces for my taste, but it was very good, the sauce was just like a proper currywurst sauce needs to be.
The fries/chips/pommes (whatever you will call them) however, disappointed me. They were very stale and tasteless or overcooked (crunchy, but not in a good way at all!), I ended up leaving half of them. That kind of surprised me, especially after reading the good comments about the fries in the other reviews. Maybe I just got unlucky and had a bad batch?
The fact that they had Fritz Kola made me weep a little bit. Tiny piece of home! Although they were fresh out of the normal cola and instead just had some other fancy mixes (i.e. coffee cola or cherry cola, melon lemonade etc). Again, unlucky, but all the more reason to go back when they're in stock again! :D
My Canadian friend, who had German food for the first time, was quite happy as well.
Staff are very friendly and German-speaking, at least the one who served me was.
Definitely worth going back to, despite the fries! Next time I should try the Sauerkraut, I think. :)
I love Bratwurst and when I saw this shop, which happens to be next to my hotel I was quite excited. The reality hit me when I walked in and realized that this place is not going to be great and certainly will come nowhere near the bratwurst stalls in Munich. Had I walked in after a few pints I might have given it a five ;-) The curry sauce could probably be found in many cheap Indian restaurants around London and spicy means medium and I should have chosen the super hot option. All in all if I happen to hungry after a few pints I would pick a curry first, Herman ze German next and a kebab shop as a last resort. The food is not bad and the French fries were nicely spiced.
Hmm, looked good...I like a good german place...Im pretty easily pleased...open late...awesome...but the meatballs were so terrible...the only way i can describe it is ball shaped salty dog food...my friend and i felt like we should spit out the food in our napkin, but we had a plan to be the opposite of the offensive american...so we swallowed it down. then we grabbed more sauerkraut and i kid you not, the guy asked for more money. there is a chance, i may come back next week for a sausage...seems only fair. but beware....i hardly ever ever ever give one stars and i would give this place zero if possible.
I recently popped in here on my way to a night out. I had a Bratwurst with mustard and am happy to confirm that the quality of said Wurst was very much in line with what you get in Germany. And three and a half squids is a reasonable price for a Bratwurst. A friend of mine, a Bratwurst virgin, had one too and really liked it so I guess it is safe to say that Brits will enjoy the concept of Bratwurst as much as ze Germans do.
Stopped in for currywurst and pomme frites with a friend, to relive drunken antics in Germany. As long as you love the curry sauce they pour over everything (and I do), this is pretty fantastic. There's also a pretty cool automatic sausage slicing machine that we were mesmerized by. This stuff goes down particularly well after a few drinks. They've also got a case full of interesting sandwiches and pastries - we tried a black and white cookie, which is more cake-like than cookie-like, and I saw a pretzel croissant that looked interesting, though I was too full to sample it. There's a bench outside, but no other seating, so plan on standing at one of the counters to scarf down your food, or take it to go and have a wander while munching.
German Bratwurst served in a roll with sauerkraut and mustard - delicious!!! Next time I go I'm going to try the Bockwurst as they looked really tasty too. They even do a loyalty card - you only have to buy 4 sausages to get one free, brilliant!!
Quite amazing! Have been here before sober and could not remember what i loved! With the patience of the staff i had AGAIN the best sausage in london. Thank you x
Great tasting bratwurst and chips, not the cheapest you'll find but good for where it is. The coca-kola is great, nice spot to grab a quick meal read the paper and people watch the never ending stream of commuters
Went here with my brother yesterday when we were nursing a hangover. We both had the currywurst and totally loved it. It doesn't look very appealing when you first get it but boy does it taste good. Also loved the large selection of soft drinks which makes such a nice change from the bland choice of coke or sprite cans in other cafes. Be prepared to take out however as there are very few places to sit. and it's always pretty busy.
I am very pleased to have found an authentic currywurst place in central London. I will definitely be going back.
Not quite as good overall as a typical Hamburg currywurst haus but the sauce is actually better than German places in my opinion. Sehr gut.
Herman ze German also does other snacks, sandwiches and drinks but I ignored these as I was totally fixated on my imminent currywurst.
Three types of sausage, two pork one beef
Top quality currywurst sauce
You can choose how spicy you like your currywurst (mmm, very spicy please)
German staff, so I could practice my bad German, although they speak perfect English of course
The fries were dry and dull, they tasted as if they had been under the heat lamp too long.
No potato salad - they are planning on adding this to the menu soon.
No seating other than a bench outside, however Embankment Gardens are just around the corner.
I love this place! The Pretzels are amazing!
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