Helmed by one of Germany’s top celebrity chefs, this cozy restaurant housed inside a brick warehouse serves some of the city’s most inspired cuisine. The rustic-farmhouse aesthetic offsets gourmet dishes that blend global flavors, from pork belly with edamame and Japanese dashi to the bouillabaisse with smoked fish and shrimp sourced from the North Sea. For a true gastronomic adventure, ask for the Surprise Menu: three courses determined by the chef’s whimsical fancy.
A chic sliver of a restaurant in the gritty-cool pocket of St. Pauli, Haebel serves imaginative German-Nordic-French cuisine in airy, modern surrounds with touches like tall candlesticks and a neon installation art work that reads “Believe in Unicorns.” Each dish is thoughtfully prepared in the open kitchen and incorporates fresh, local ingredients in surprising ways. A recent meal included thinly sliced carrots swirled over mascarpone and beet-flavored sorbet atop crushed meringue.