Olympisches Feuer doesn't look like much from the outside. The sign looks like a pretty bad relic from the 80s and the menu - superficially - looks even worse. However, don't judge a book by it's cover
Olympisches Feuer does some of the best food in the Schanze and does it at a great price. I recommend the Gyros mit Metaxasousse. Yum.
On Saturday afternoons they normally do the lunch menu until 3pm, and then you can stay and watch the German football on the flatscreens!
This is probably my favourite restaurant in the Schanze, definitely my favourite Greek restaurant. I remember coming here a while ago on a Friday night after work with a couple of colleagues and they told me straight away that I should have Gyros mit Pommes because it was delicious andit didn't fail the expectations! After that first time I've been here a few times more, never bothered to try something else apart from Gyros mit Pilsen & Pommes, which wasn't as awesome as I expected but still really tasty.
Prices are definitely ok, you must pay cash which is not unusual in Hamburg, and the service is the best I've experienced and I remember of. They're always super bizy but somehow they always manage not to screw up and to bring you food after a reasonable waiting time, so props. Last couple of things worth mentioning: 1) they've got a couple of TVs inside, so you can watch Bundesliga or Champions League games and 2) if you pay at the counter you're usually asked if you want some Ouzowhich comes for free! :-) I'll come back here over and over again.
This place is so good! It's also rather popular. Ignore the queue of people waiting in the doorway and make straight for a waiter. They'll furnish you with some beers whilst you inevitably have to wait a while for a table. I went here on a Tuesday night and we drank 2 beers during the wait, so... it's busy. If you can get over this the food is served quite quickly, and the meat here is so good, it's worth it. Delicious lamb kebabs, cutlets, and minced skewers, served with great chips or rice, and zatziki. It's basic greek, but authentic, and delicious. And they show the football. I'll deinitely be coming back!
A must for all Greek-food lovers! And it is so affordable! I recently was in Rhodes and comparing the food there and here at the Taverna -- I would say it can't get any authentic than this! My first time here I ordered the Calamari + Chicken soulvaki along with the white house wine -- best combination ever! The atmosphere is great-- really reminds me of Greece also with the loud conversations. The staff are great! We arrived but no tables were available so we had to wait but I believe who was the owner came over and accompanied us and asked if we would like something to drink while we waited! We were then promptly seated and the service is also very speedy here. What I would recommend is the Greek Bifteki -- it is ground meat with stuffed feta cheese, I think it is named differently on the menu-- just ask the servers!!! And with almost every dish you can get either french fries or rice and a greek salad.
One thing that made me laugh were the napkins cause on the other side it is a mini-greek dictionary for you with phrases that I learned on my Greek trip!!!
On our second time around, again busy as ever, no tables but we were then again asked if we wanted something to drink! This time I tried the octopus salad and the Grill platter (with assrt. meats) -- GREAT!!! YUMMY!!! But one thing I shouldn't have done was eat bits of the bread they place on the table -- the servings are plenty -- so you can always eat the bread after if you are not full from your main dish!Note to self:
This place is very affordable (our bill for both outings for 2ppl plus drinks(bottle of wine and beers) and tip came to 25euros) and great location in Schanze! There are plenty of selections of meat, fish, vegetarian, pizza, pasta and salads. They also have some sort of German special also, just look at the daily special board. Oh and did I mention there is also a huge tv screen for all those sport lovers who are supposed to be on a date but can't keep their eyes off the screen;)
I am going to try the moussaka next time and the guy next to our table had some sort of sizzling plate -- will have to try that also next time!! And perhaps if you are a big group -- make a reservation! Oh yeah you get shots of Ouzo after you pay! And the bill is not paid at the table-- you go up to the bar!
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