Dortmund boasts a wide range of places to eat and is unquestionably a big contender on Germany
‘s line-up of best gastronomic towns. Here, we take a look at the top, must try spots in the city.
Kartoffel Lord is without a doubt the guru of potatoes in Dortmund. It is no secret that Germans love to eat kartoffel and that passion is allowed to run wild at this joint. The team from Kartoffel Lord bake potatoes in special ovens so they become crispy outside and soft in the middle. Adding either butter, cheese, cream or garlic sauce on top makes the experience complete, while additions like hummus and Mexican chilli bring whole other dimensions.
Address & telephone: Kartoffel Lord, Gerberstr 6, Dortmund, Germany, +49 231 393544
Depothek unites a complex range of worldwide cuisines and flavors. The spacious industrial hall where Depothek is located is home to theaters, design studios, and architect offices too, giving the spot a true creative edge.The gourmet cuisine ranges from Thai gai phad met mamuang, a spicy chicken, cashew and rice dish, to gnocchi with sage, prosciutto and cherry tomatoes.
Address & telephone: Depothek, Immermannstraße 39, Dortmund, Germany, +49 0231 8822967
Suppenfabrik is the home of great soup. All the best soups of the world are found on menu, while the local goulash soup with pork, sauerkraut and paprika is a real favorite and the Thai kaeng masaman offers a fine option for veggies.
Address & telephone: Suppen-Fabrik, Kaiserstraße 43, Dortmund, Germany +49 0231 841 664 79
Hohoffs 800° offers an authentic setting (think Canadian timber barn) and arguably the ultimate gourmet steak experience in the city. The king of steaks here is ,without a doubt, the porterhouse, a Nebraska styled beef of at least 600 grams cooked at 800 degrees! And if that’s still not enough, there is an entire encyclopaedia of grilled, stirred and cooked beef, chicken and fish variations from at least three continents to discover.
Address & telephone: Hohoffs 800°, Deusener Straße 215, Dortmund, Germany, +49 0231 92699605
Restaurant, Korean, $$$
Korean restaurant Namu is an absolute explosion of flavors, bringing together the traditional delights of Asian cuisine and the fusion creations of modern Korean dishes. The idea of a weekly menu to create a continuity and a dynamic, ever changing array of dishes works very well. On Tuesdays Fischkatu is a favorite, while Wednesdays mean the intense flavors of marinated pork with soya and vegetables.
Address & telephone: Namu, Olpe 14, Dortmund, Germany, +49 0231 554816
Hexenkessel is proud of its mouth watering, home made, 220 gram burgers, which go from juicy grilled meats to vegetarian tofu and quinoa patties. The place offers up all the classics, like hot Texas chili cheese, but also goes local, with the likes of, house special, Herman the German.
Address & telephone: Hexenkessel, Kaiserstraße 92, 44135 Dortmund, +49 0231 5495363
The overall concept of this place is hard to define, but that’s what is great about Janka’s. The petite restaurant is famous for its French cuisine and pleasant beer garden. It also hosts art exhibitions and performances. Janka Thiemann, the hands on owner, also even decided to grow her own organic ingredients for the menu.
Address & telephone: Janka’s,
An expert in steaks, Chef Sebastian Felsing of EMIL will choose the best meat from New Zealand, Canada or the US and recommend how to have them cooked. That may make this restaurant sound meat only, but vegetarians have reason to rejoice too, with garden grilled vegetables, spinach with pine seeds and plenty more.
Address & telephone: EMIL, Rheinische Straße 18, Dortmund, Germany, +49 0231 47647814
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
Vegansky offers a wide choice for vegans, veggies or those with healthy eating at the forefront of their minds. Open since 2014, this vegan joint is just about as green as it gets, with a variety of power smoothies, such as peppermint or mango magic, that will energise you for the day. The colorful salads are made of fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts, while the burgers are home made and the pressed juices are squeezed on the spot.
Address & telephone: Vegansky, Hoher Wall 30, Dortmund, Germany
Restaurant, Irish, $$$
Roldels Kochlokal comes with a classic approach to service and a menu where everything is made from seasonal ingredients in a simple but enticing way. ‘Gourmet’ would be rather appropriate for this refined restaurant, as the choices of food vary from Irish lamb and octopus to chocolate mousse with sesame cannelloni.
Address & telephone: Rödels Kochlokal, Hermannstraße 164/168, Dortmund, Germany, +49 0231 39968137