Hamburg, the only city in Germany to boast a three-starred restaurant, has a fresh attraction. The Italian chef Matteo Ferrantino opened his new gourmet restaurant "bianc
" located in Hamburg’s HafenCity district on 16 November. The restaurant’s address is Am Sandtorkai 50, where some 420 m² of space offers seating for 35 diners. It is inside the “S-KAI” office and commercial building owned by Pembroke Real Estate. Grossmann & Berger, a member of German Property Partners (GPP), brokered the rental agreement for Ferrantino; the restaurant itself was designed by architect Julia Erdmann, JES
The name says it all
Ferrantino’s restaurant recreates the flavours of the south for diners in the north. This top chef interprets Mediterranean cooking in modern style. Taste, colour, presentation and all the myriad processes involved in cooking play a special role. The restaurant is called “bianc” for the colour of the whitewashed houses in the Mediterranean area. Ferrantino’s culinary creations are colour-coordinated and served on artisanal crockery from his native country. “The “bianc” serves light and imaginative dishes. Our diners can choose from three menus, Market, Emotion, and Garden, each with four to six courses,” says Ferrantino
. In the course of his career so far Ferrantino has worked with chefs such as Eckart Witzigmann, Roland Trettl and Dieter Koschina.
Modern cuisine in modern surroundings
The “S-KAI” building, designed by architects Böge Lindner K2 Architekten, stands on the juncture between the historic warehouse district Speicherstadt and the HafenCity development. The anodized aluminium façade echoes the red-brick colours of the Speicherstadt. The building itself has two atriums and a through passageway at ground floor level. Pembroke Real Estate acquired the “S-KAI” in March 2015 together with the “Hamburg-America Centre” and the “Coffee Plaza”. As Nick Moldon
, Vice President, Head of UK and Germany at Prembroke Real Estate, comments: “The advantage of the “S-KAI” is that it is extremely easy to reach from Hamburg city centre while at the same time offering a high-quality work and leisure environment, which is what more and more companies are looking for. Although this space was not originally intended to house a restaurant and lacked the required fit-out, “bianc’s” notions of quality and excellence proved to be the perfect fit for “S-KAI”, our tenants and the entire neighbourhood. And so, over the course of one year we worked closely with Matteo Ferrantino to adapt the premises to the needs of the restaurant, and are very happy with the results.”
Hints of Italy in the Sandtorpark
“Here is where the HafenCity comes face to face with Matteo Ferrantino’s Mediterranean background. Combining his story with the Sandtorpark site was the central design element of the “bianc””, says Julia Erdmann
. The floor tiles have been laid to echo the paving outside and thus link the interior space with the patio. All the seating is arranged in groups around an olive tree from Ferrantino’s native country, and from each seat diners have a good view of the Elbphilharmonie.
Experience with restaurant concepts
“The “bianc” will absolutely act as a magnet drawing people to Hamburg and the HafenCity. Ferrantino’s restaurant could mean as much to gourmets as the Elbphilharmonie does to music-lovers,” says Andreas Rehberg
, spokesman for the board of Grossmann & Berger, commenting on the opening. In recent years Grossmann & Berger has often advised clients seeking a location for their new restaurant concept in Hamburg and brokered suitable premises. These include, for example, “MASH” in Grosse Elbstrasse, “Henny’s” in the Uhlenhorst district and Thomas Macyszyn’s “Boathouse Hamburg”.