“Hafenküche” is the German word for harbor kitchen. And presumably it’s not merely it’s location right by the quay of the historical Flensburg harbor that inspired the restaurant’s name.

It must also be the open mindedness that lies in the nature of a place where people from different parts of the globe have met for centuries. From here, many took off to sail the seven seas. And returned with a wealth of experience and a widened horizont.

Three young locals have transformed a former harborside pub just two years ago into this restaurant, where the atmosphere is a tad alternative but lighthearted and welcoming.

The wooden communal tables in the Restaurant seat larger companies or bring strangers together. A hatch allows guests to watch the proceedings in the kitchen.

There are experts working in this kitchen. “Real and good” is their motto. And that it is: authentic, hearty dishes – but excellently cooked. Typical German home cooking with finesse. Mom’s Sunday roast prepared with modern influences.

The short menu – that is hidden in a small format newspaper that also carries all kinds of interesting bits and pieces – is changed regularly according to seasonal demands. Kale, ragout of game, beef, but also fine salads, catch of the day, Risotto with asparagus or a vegan vegetable soup can be found on the menu as well as regional specialities like Labskaus.

The menu offers dishes to share for two or four persons. A whole fish comes on a wooden plate. Small bowls carry fresh garden salat and vegetables.

Hafenküche, Schiffbrücke 40, Flensburg. Open Monday to Friday from 4 pm, the kitchen runs from 5 to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday: 12 to 22 pm. Attached to the restaurant is the hostel Seemannsheim. hafenkueche-flensburg.de