Tim‘s Fine dining with a spectacular view at the fish market

Wednesday, October 19 2022

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Monday to Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 11:00pm


Tim's Restaurant
Große Elbstraße 27
22767 Hamburg-Altona
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+49 (0)40-31171007

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Opened this summer, Tim's Restaurant at Fischmarkt invites Hamburgers to enjoy the view of their great city while tasting first-class food in a cosy atmosphere. With the restaurant named after him, the well-known restaurateur Tim Lang has fulfilled a lifelong dream: a restaurant right on the waterfront that he designed according to his personal ideas.

When the location of the former La Vela on the Elbe became available because the lease expired, Lang was fast to act. An opportunity like this doesn't come around twice, he says. He is right: the large restaurant, with 130 seats inside and 110 on the terrace, offers a spectacular view on the Elbe. The ships pass by directly in front of the large windows. From the bar, guests also view the city's most famous sights: the Michel, the Elbphilharmonie and the harbour.

But Tim Lang does not rest on the location alone: excellent food, first-class service and a cosy atmosphere are just as important to him. He made the interior design a matter for the boss and selected the furniture, wall colours and decorative elements himself. He inserted the glass rods of the Parisian Art Deco chandeliers one by one (guess how many there are when you visit, Lang will be happy to tell you).


When it came to interior design, it was important to him that it would be noble and of high quality, not stiff, but rather cosy. So you won't find starched white tablecloths here but round leather sets on the dark-stained tables. With Tim's, Lang has created his own favourite place. In a touristy location, but not for tourists, for Hamburg residents who love good food, aesthetics and of course the Hanseatic city - not a "tourist shop", he emphasises.

Lang looks back on a long experience in the hotel and restaurant business. Among other things, the trained chef and hotel specialist was once involved in the opening of the first 25Hrs Hotel in Hamburg, made a stop at the Empire Riverside and was a restaurant manager at the predecessor restaurant La Vela. Since 2015, he has been running the Eppendorf restaurant Küchenfreude, the Botanic District Bar and "was wir wirklich lieben" together with Hannes Schröder.

With Leo Witzke, Lang has brought an experienced chef onto the team, with whom he gets along perfectly, as he tells us. Witzke was most recently head chef at Vlet on Jungfernstieg. Together they focus on European, Mediterranean cuisine with northern German influences at Tim's. "I don't want to restrict myself," says Lang. "I don't forbid myself anything." In summer, the menu is mainly lighter dishes with fish and seafood.

In autumn, when it gets rougher outside, there are more meat and game dishes. By the way, Tim's also offers a lunch menu, with a weekly changing menu of three lunch dishes and two from the dinner menu. On our visit on a rainy autumn evening, we are greeted very warmly by Tim himself and his service team.

After an aperitif, we enjoy an excellent beetroot soup with blackberries and yoghurt foam. The soup is velvety, and the blackberries are an exciting, fruity complement to the earthy taste of the beetroot. We drink a harmonious white wine with it, a Cuvée San Lorenzo from Pierpaolo Pecorari's winery in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

For the main course, we choose fish - in keeping with the view of the water. The swordfish steak in caper-lemon butter is cooked to perfection, accompanied by pickled artichokes and firm saffron risotto. A round thing! The dish is accompanied by Schiefer Riesling from Van Volxem in Wiltingen on the Saar - a white wine with a strong character, balanced sweetness and acidity and a mineral character. The dessert, a lemon tart au gratin with raspberries and yoghurt ice cream, rounds off our menu deliciously.

For the winter, Tim Lang is planning to invite musicians to play relaxed jazz music in a gallery to accompany the dinner. We're looking forward to that and will be very happy to come back then at the latest.

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