I really like this place and a good addition to Old Compton St. Has the no fuss self service of Mr Moaz but a little more relaxed and there is beer! Very good beer and at the same price and better quality than most of the bars in the vicinity. Mr Moaz might end the evening but this place is a good start with friends. Not a date place - you'll get dumped!
Herman ze German
Herman Ze German
Rob Greig Time Out
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Posted: Wed Jul 10 2013
The last 12 months have been the year of the dog. The hot dog, that is. Previously relegated to being a street food sidekick – the Robin to burger’s Batman – the hot dog has had enough of prancing around in the background with its pants over its trousers, and has elbowed its way on to the menus of sit-down restaurants. First there was Bubbledogs in Fitzrovia – a fine concept (champagne served with interesting hot dogs in a gorgeous space), foiled only by the dogs themselves not living up to the hype. Meatmarket in Covent Garden did a better job – but the burgers are better there. Only the bar at Hawksmoor in Spitalfields, with its knock-your-socks off chilli dog, really impressed.
All the above porkers have one thing in common: the US of A. Yup, if any of these prime sausages appeared on an episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, their great-great-granny would have been from New York’s Coney Island. We’ve all been so caught up with the stars-and-stripes invasion, we forgot about the original wiener: the wurst. Until now.
Herman ze German, in case you hadn’t guessed, is a purveyor of German sausages. Its outlet on Villiers Street is cherished by sausage fanciers and the late-night commuters of Charing Cross, but is no place to linger. This, its first ‘restaurant’, in the beating heart of Soho, is really a fast-food joint – but its larger size and playfully utilitarian interior (part log cabin, part wet room – with planks on the walls, a painted concrete floor and a butler sink for washing your hands) has made it a place that’s comfortable enough to hang out in.
The sausages are imported from the Schwarzwald (the Black Forest, of chocolate-and-cherry-cake fame), and are sehr gut: high-quality pork (no ‘mystery meat’ here), juicy, springy middles and a proper ‘knack’ when you bite. More bonus points for serving them in proper bread rolls (as opposed to a US soft finger bun) – at HzG, you’ll get chewy baguettes.
Our ‘ze Wilde Bock’ had a bouncy bockwurst (smoked pork sausage) layered with ‘curry’ sauce (spicy ketchup, preposterously popular in das Mutterland), squidgy fries and crisp onion shards: a sort of Teutonic chip-and-sausage butty. Straightforward sauerkraut with no embellishments proved a suitable digestif; only the sloppy potato salad (with a good taste, but not texture) disappointed. But for a hearty meal in central London that won’t make you bleed through your wallet, it’s time to consider a wiener. The burger is dead. Long live the dog.
Reviewed by Tania Ballantine
Herman ze German 33 Old Compton Street
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Meals served 11am-11pm Mon-Thur; 11am-midnight Fri; 10am-m-dnight Sat; 10am-11pm Sun
Tube: Leicester Square/Piccadilly Circus
Main courses £3.25-£9.95
Herman ze German
- 33 Old Compton Street
- 7734 0431
- 33 Old Compton Street
- Herman ze German
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Expensive but quite tasty fast food. Good German lager. We had two chilly sausages with curry sauce, two small chips and two halves of a pint which cost over £18: in my view, a little on the expensive side given the small portions! Yet, this is a welcome addition to Old Compton Street' s fast food venues.
It's a hot dog - seriously - a hot dog. Don't expect some kind of Michelin star service and food for a tenner! BUT great quality wurst sausage, proper buns and an interesting mix of drinks. In and out in 10 minutes. Well worth a visit.
Had high expectations (after reading all the good reviews) dashed at the first sitting. - half a sausage portion (made me angry) - French Fries were cardboard taste/texture like McD's and again a tiny portion. - salad was tiny and lacked style and substance - felt like I got mugged - went for a great Korean meal immediately afterwards to cheer us uo (even though we are both of small-medium appetite) The only positive was the beer on tap was pretty tasty as was the Wurst (but I want a whole one not a few slices!) So two measly main courses and one Beer to share came to over £15. We could have super sized for £2 extra each. Sure that would've filled us up with the cardboard French Fries, but in retrospect we were glad to leave. Sure that Herman would work much better in a street market or pub context, however they need to try a lot harder in a sit down to eat context. Avoid... unless you are a flatulent, drunk, Tory voting ,white, male, middle class, yuppy.