Today I entered food heaven. No, seriously, I think I can die happy now, knowing my taste buds were caressed by the dazzling dinner that I had tonight. I walked into the small diner, was met by a smiling cook and a handsome waiter, and got seated at a metal table, with a couple of plastic chairs. The interior could be best described as industrial-chic with glamorous touches, for example the golden baubles hanging from the ceiling (now that it’s Christmas time). I ordered a classic meat sandwich, the BBQ one with pulled pork, got some American fries on the side and a homemade iced tea. I felt like I was in one of these hipster places, when I noticed that more and more 30 somethings – with beards and without them – walked in and squeezed into the small spot. In the background I heard some jazzy covers of pop songs and I swayed back and forth a little, while my friend and I were waiting for our food to arrive.
Bear Claw opened its (claws?) doors this spring and is located close to central station (Lange Reihe 1). I wouldn’t go as far as calling it the dodgy end of Hamburg but at night this part of town might not necessarily suggest that you’d find culinary finesse here. However, once you made it to Bear Claw, you’ll be rewarded with mammoth sized portions of food delight.
The sandwich was served on a tin tray, sticking to the industrial-chic theme. The two slices of brioche held the pulled pork, masses of salad and spicy BBQ sauce between their scrumptious covers. My technique (since I don’t have a mouth as big as a bear’s – even though some people might beg to differ): put the top slice of brioche to the side and split the sandwich into two portions. The amount of pulled pork and salad can easily be spread onto the two slices (perhaps even more).
The American fries were not too oily – but truth be told, the sandwich on its own suffices. I ended up sharing the fries with my friend who was more than happy to do so and still there were some left on the plate when the waiter cleared the table.
The homemade iced tea was not sweetened and I have to say I really liked it. I am not a fan of sweet drinks (save the occasional fritz limo at a party), so the unsweetened iced tea truly was for me.
Because I am a true coffee addict and because I was about to watch Rogue One, and thus had to stay awake for the remainder of the evening, I ordered a cappuccino, which was small, yet strong.
Prices are not that small, unfortunately, but that might be down to the diner’s hipster meals and location around central station. The sandwich was 8€, the side of fries 2,50€, and the iced tea 4€. However, the sandwich will keep you full till the next morning.
Reader, I loved it (casually, quoting Jane Eyre here). And I loved the sandwich. I still have to take a bite of the New York cheesecake that was smiling at me when I paid for my food at Bear Claw though. Well, next time.
Maria was listening to “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Édith Piaff while writing this article.