They have a full cocktail bar and didnt flinch as we order various classics as well as some lesser known drinks like the Sazerac. I also ordered oysters, a starter of ravioli with greens and steak tartar.
So first the oysters. I had two Belon and two Fine de Claire oysters. I know the Belon is known to be a better oyster but I have to say personally I prefer the fine de claire. It's not to big, not too small, with a firm texture and clean, nutty taste. By contrast the belon is much larger, slightly slimmer and much more salty. I was not a massive fan.
Following this I had the mascarpone ravioli with vegetables. While the ravioli was creamy, as one would expect, the vegetables were definitely over salt for my taste. I guess they had tried to make the veggies balance the fattiness of the pasta, but instead it just overpowered the pasta and ruineed the lightness and freshness of the vegetables.
Luckily I had a delicious steak tartar to finish. This was definitely an entirely classic steak tartar accompagnied by a quail egg, bread and a light salad. The consistency of the meat was much more dense than what I am used to from France or even England (though I have to admit steak tartar is served in a similar vein in Denmark so perhaps this is a northern trait). In addition the portion, even though I had ordered the starter size, was huge. I really enjoyed it - a balanced main after my over salt starter.
My brother ordered the chateaubriand - which looked and I am told tasted beyond delicious.
For desert I had the Mille Feuille with strawberries, vannilla and nougat. The desert was definitely a contemporary Mille-Feuille the puf pastry came offset in between slices of vanilla custard and one slize of nougat. At the top was a chocolate cookie along with some icecreama nd fresh strawberries. It looked and tasted delicious. I must admit I only could take a few bites myself and had to leave the rest for my fellow dinners, scrumptious as it were, we couldn't let it go to vaste.
I really enjoyed Die Bank. The space is very cool, with seemingly no detail spared (even the bathrooms have creditcard number inscriptions along the wall), the service was excellent, my one issue perhaps was the food, which was good (and definitely better when one stuck to the meats), without actually being great. Even so: I recommend it to a friend (and a stranger). Don't hesitate to go, when you are next in Hamburg - but why would you be?!