Alpenkantine

♦ Eimsbüttel ♦ Knödel ♦ Alpine Flair ♦ Casual ♦ Delicious ♦

Sometimes I write an entry after my first outing in a new café – I guess, there’s no second try needed to convince me – or maybe just because I can’t afford to sample each dish in every café between school, sport, piano… 🙃  However, in other places I do wait a whole year desperate to be enlightened with each individual of their recipes.  Even if I love everything from the first day.

That’s Alpenkantine.

As curious as I claim to be, to want to try “each and every dish” it seems that my yearning for the Knödel, side salads and quiches won’t ever diminish. They’ll never lose their appeal …

I love everything about this kantine as much as I love the Alps. The atmosphere; the eclectic set of chairs, concrete walls, seasonal decorations, cutely designed bowls, rustic bread boards that remind of miniature peels, little flowers…  And the food has just as high standards as its interior. You’ll get everything from breakfasts to snacks, Kaffee & Kuchen, lunch or dinner; even to go in personalized little paper cartons!

They’ve assorted their creations in a long glass cabinet along the counter.  An array of cakes, cookies, pies, croissants, ravioli, Knödel, Allgäu style sandwiches, side salads, quiches and more.  “Side salads” sounds so boring, but they’re always fresh, simple or creative, perfectly spiced and fantastic in combination with each other.  Carrot-caper, red-beet apple, turmeric-cabbage, radish-potatoes…

 

The quiches haven’t ever disappointed me either, they are squidgy to perfection and wonderful accompanied with the aforementioned salads.

Every week they come up with new specialties depending on the season.  Soups and stews, noteworthy Knödels, meat dishes (such as Wiener Schnitzel or wild sausage with roast potatoes), Spätzle and abundant salads.

 

My all-time favorite, the Knödel have ranged from spinach-walnut, red beet-apple, peanut-chile, gorgonzola or alpage cheese to the plain old potato-herb version.  Then topped with just as creative, rich sauces and accompanied by a simple fresh salad. Although they’ve sometimes been a bit too dry, on average their delicious, so I hope you get a good day.  The mandatory Käs’spätzle are tasty as well, with varying additions such as roasted pumpkin, red beet or cabbage.

Now since I discovered Prana Chai, I’d come here any time, regardless my hunger level.  Everybody seems to find a drink to their liking at AK.  Homemade lemonade, a fresh veggie or orange juice, Samova teas, coffee, beer, small-brand lemonades…  On sunny days its wonderful to sit outside, chatting a bit and doing some people watching.  The long tables inside, serve big groups or multiple two to three somes with calm background music, in a lively, pleasant and modern-alpine flair.  Or to make it simple, you can also call it really

Eimsbüttel-ish

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Filled up by young couples with new born babies, girl-friends or individuals reading a magazine.  It’s always casual, charming, fresh and delicious; hence one of my very favorite eateries!

Where? Osterstraße 98 (right next to U2 Osterstraße)

When? Mo: 10-20, Tu-Fr: 10-22, Sa: 10-20, Su: 10-18

Knödel: 8,90€-10,90€; Quiche 4,50€

⇒ self-service, pay upfront

If I were to own Alpenkantine:  I would hire staff that’s a bit more representative and enthusiastic about Alpenkantine as all the guests are!

their website, their weekly menu

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