German food is one of my favourite types of cuisines (why aren’t there more German restaurants in London?!) and German Gymnasium has been on my list since I moved to London three years ago so of course I had high expectations.
German Gymnasium is part of the D&D group which also owns renowned restaurants across London such as Quaglino’s and Coq D’Argent. Based in London’s Kings Cross, there are three different spaces at German Gymnasium to visit; the Meister Bar, the Grand Cafe and the Restaurant. We visited the Grand Cafe on a Saturday afternoon and it was absolutely packed with a huge centrepiece of gorgeous flowers in the middle surrounded by tables.
The actual building (it’s grade 2 listed) was the UK’s first Gym, hence the name German Gymnasium, but I really love the design; it’s high vaulted ceilings and the contrast between old and new.
After being seated, we had a look at the huge variety on the menu (possibly a bit too much choice if I’m honest) and pondered what to order. German Gymnasium serves Mittel-European dishes ranging from schnitzel to sausages by Executive Chef Bjorn Wassmuth.
German Gymnasium – What We Ordered:
My boyfriend chose the Kasekrainer (£14.50) – a smoked German sausage filled with cheese and pork which was served with sauerkraut, truffled potato puree and crispy onions. I was lucky enough to have a taste and it was delisicous. They’ve really nailed the authentic German flavours and the Germans do sausages oh so well.
After a lot of deliberation (the table next door had the GG Breakfast which looked amazing), I ordered the Chicken Schnitzel (£18.50) because Schnitzel is my FAVE. In case you’ve never had it, Schnitzel is a thin piece of meat covered in breadcrumbs and in Germany it’s often served “mit Pommes” (chips) and at German Gymnasium it was served with crispy sweet potato chips. It also came with fresh rocket, beans, sun-dried tomatoes and a red wine jus. When it arrived, I thought the portion was actually huge and I thought I’ll never manage to eat all of this but it was just so delicious that I managed most of it (whoops).
We were too full for pudding which is a shame because the dessert menu sounds pretty good – I’ve got my eye on the Hazelnut Praline and the Chocolate and Beer Coupe and yes, we’re already planning our next visit. Guten Appetit!
German Gymnasium – 4/5
The food really had an authentic German taste and I’m already planning on going back!
Food – 5/5
Service – 4/5
Decor / Ambience – 4/5
Two main courses (no drinks as we had tap water) cost £37.13 for two people.
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