Linger in Flingern

Dusseldorf – Flingern! 🙂

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I have taken a short blog posting break to nurse my rising panic about having to maybe leave Dusseldorf. So, here’s another ode to my favourite culinary city: Dusseldorf. It’s divided like many other cities into distinct areas with its own mini-legacies, history and habits. Today we’re going to focus on this area: Flingern. It’s the hippest place in Dusseldorf to breathe, live, eat and simply lounge around like a fat cat.

Lunching in Flingern

If you’re in Flingern in Dusseldorf around noon or later and you really fancy a bit of lunch, you’ll face this massive conundrum: Where should you dine? Where’s the best business lunch offer? You’re assailed by restaurants, cafes and little bistros. The answer to that question is: almost anywhere in Flingern. The options are endless and you can do no wrong. They’re all simply wonderful dining locations with good food, decent to above-average service and sometimes even great music.

Here’s my list  of favourites:

  1. Flurklinik (leave it to the chef to surprise you with the surprise special meal)
  2. Suzie Q (€6.90 for a set menu of soup or starter plus a main meal)
  3. a.nni (if you want a cold sandwich & an awesome coffee)
  4. Böse Chinese
  5. Luang Prahbang
  6. Hashi

Numbers 1 and 3 sometimes offer live music and happy hour cocktails in the evening. All 6 places have a more than decent wine list, so fear not about ordering a little wine in these places.

A Little Tribute to Flurklinik

(Or why you should wine and dine there at least once). It used to be a maternity hospital. There are cute, black and white photos of beaming parents with tiny tots on the wall, a small homage to its previous legacy. You can check out the hip baby clothing and adult clothing of the 60s. I even saw a picture of Chinese man in a suit. No casual or smart casual when greeting your first born, or second or third. Not sure how many kids the average family had in the 60s in Dusseldorf. You can also read the papers, listen to good music. I was lucky on my “do lunch in Flingern” day; they were playing Kitty, Daisy and Lewis. I really like the band although I would have liked it more if it was not on what seemed to be an endless-loop playlist. 😉

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This is what I had, a baked potato with creamy mushrooms in a buttery sauce and loads of salad. Yummy! 🙂

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One thing unique about the Flurklinik is that it offers not just daily specials but daily “surprise” specials. You get to order either a meat or vegetarian surprise special dish. This offer applies for both lunch and dinner. On the menu it’s listed as follows:

  • Leibgericht unserer Küche mit Fleisch oder Fisch (the Chef’s favourite meat or fish dish)
  • Leibgericht unserer Küche vegetarisch (the veggie alternative)

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Riding the Food Train

Dusseldorf

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I love living in Dusseldorf! It’s definitely the best place  to live in Germany when it comes to food. Yes, I reckon I am a bit prejudiced having kept my ass warm on the same sofa, in the same apartment, for the last decade in south Dusseldorf. A record for me in terms of staying put! Ok, but back to the story at hand. This post is an ode to my favourite food city: Dusseldorf.

It’s a food paradise, for hedonists, Epicureans, lovers of the exotic food treasure, like Chinese shredded frog noodle soup at Track21 or a cozy & affordable  British high tea in Dolcinella, or not-quite-kosher but close-enough kosher food at the Kurve, there’s no place better to nest & roost & wait to be culinarily tickled, than Dusseldorf.

Trams, Trains and Food

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I live in a small flat in the south close to the university and I have a favourite food route. I take the 701 tram close to the University. I use it a bit like a hop-on, hop-off city tour bus but instead of hopping off to go to a museum (we have tons here in Dusseldorf) or Cathedrals (ok, the Cologne Cathedral is in the other direction, but there are very famous churches in Dusseldorf too) I hop off for food. The 701, 704 and 707 from the Dusseldorf main station can take you to a dozen interesting destinations but you can also just hop on and get off when a cafe, bistro or restaurant catches your fancy. You’re bound to be tempted to stop. 🙂

I caught the 701 into town and stopped first at Poccino’s and then snuck a peak at Michele’s, which is just next door. They have daily specials for lunch and it’s a nice place for a business meeting, so I’d say dress smart if you’re headed there.

I was trailed by dead birds on my way once I got off at the stop closest to Poccino’s.  I have no idea why. Is it getting to be a bit too warm a winter? Are they confused? Are they rejects from a Hitchcock remake of the Birds film? I mourned the dead birds & found a new cafe in Nordstrasse (new only to me, it’s been around for a while) Cafe au Midi. It’s tucked away in a little corner alcove, practically secluded from the main street. It’s quiet, there’s a jewellery store, a fancy hairdresser’s and a dress shop (with very limited edition stuff) in that nook. What more could a girl ask for when on a lonesome trip into town? I strongly recommend you get your daily ration of coffee, cake and more here. Like Michele & Poccino, they have daily specials for both meat eaters (moi!) & also some vegetarian fare.

Going out of Your Way to Find Food Temples

If you get to Singapore, skip the museums, cathedrals & temples (just kidding). Of course you should add all that to your travel itinerary but trust me, you won’t need to dedicate numerous days to it. It’s a very tiny, little red dot of an island.

However, you really shouldn’t leave without praying (eating is after all a meditative exercise, or it should be) at Singapore’s food temple, the Lau Pa Sat: