TeeJay Sessions, “Ahoj” sherbert shindigs
and a herb garden tended by kindergarten children – the local connection is what
counts at 25hours Hotel HafenCity in Hamburg. Since its opening in July locals
have been flocking to its relaxed restaurant HEIMAT Kitchen + Bar with its
hearty breakfast buffet, lunch served until 3pm, DJ parties, live music and
readings. HEIMAT, meaning “home” in German, is an attraction from early until
late, serving honest dishes with honest ingredients, the majority of which come
from the region’s farmers and fishmongers.

Relaxed Dining – Hamburg Style
Under the direction of
Executive Chef Frank Droste HEIMAT Kitchen + Bar serves modern homemade dishes
in a relaxed harbour atmosphere that is in keeping with the hotel’s modern
seafaring concept. Storage racks, floor markings, stacks of Oriental rugs and an
eclectic selection of maritime artifacts create an environment of unpretentious
comfort. “Home is not a place but a feeling,” says restaurant manager Michael
Jäger, “we serve simple dishes using local seasonal ingredients, a bit like at
home.” In keeping with the theme, the menu features typical European dishes such
as roasted cod, Wiener Schnitzel or Breton apple tart, as well as classic German
dishes like Labskaus – a seafarer’s speciality with corned beef, potatoes and
onions – and Rote Gruetze, a red berry compote.

Every good cook knows that the best recipes need the best ingredients so only
seasonal, fresh produce from local sources is used. “Our most popular dish is
the HEIMAT burger. For this we use beef from a nearby cattle farm which the
staff has personally visited,” says General Manager Henning Weiss. Ingredients
that are even closer to home are the fresh herbs from the garden which, from
next spring, will be cared for by children from the nearby HafenCity
kindergarten. The coffee and teas on offer are from Hamburg-based roasters
Elbgold and tea specialist Samova, who host tea cocktail-making seminars called
TeeJay Sessions at the hotel.

From Fizzy Treats to Funky

The vibrant areas at 25hours Hotel Hafencity also act as event
spaces that play host to live bands, DJs and readings from local authors. To
start the weekend early on Thursdays the 25hours team hosts an “Ahoj” Sherbet
Shindig with vodka shots laced with the fizzy German treat. On Fridays hungry
partygoers meet at HEIMAT, where local rock bands ‘Feinkost’ and ‘Denamantau’
play in return for rehearsing in the hotel’s Gibson Music Room free of

A Seafarer’s Story
HEIMAT Kitchen + Bar serves as the
“galley” of 25hours Hotel Hafencity, a budget deluxe property that offers a
modern take on a sailor’s club.  It is the newest property from 25hours Hotels,
helmed by its passionate CEO Christoph Hoffmann. The hotel features 170
cabin-like rooms with logbooks containing seaman’s stories; an original shipping
container from Hapag Lloyd transformed into a meeting room; a Vinyl Room where
amateur DJs are invited to spin tunes, and a sauna on the rooftop with an
outdoor terrace that offers stunning views of the HafenCity region.

HEIMAT Kitchen + Bar opening times: Daily from 12am – 12pm.
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