German conversational words and phrases for foodies

wild boar pasta with saladFood is a universal buzz topic and when it comes to a lip-smacking meal, one would want to pay some compliments to the cook. Instead of saying ‘lecker’ (tasty) or ‘gut’ (good) all the time, I plan (still trying) to add some snazzy German words when I’m dining out with the German folks. Here is a list of German adjectives and phrases to describe food, good and bad, a Feinschmecker (foodie/gastronomer) will find handy.


  • fein: fine
  • saulecker: damn delicious
  • ausgezeichnet: outstanding
  • koestlich: delectable
  • schmackhaft: palatable
  • delikat: exquisite
  • herzhaft: tasty
  • vorzueglich: excellent
  • appetitlich: appetising
  • klasse: swell


  • pfui: yikks
  • furchtbar: awful
  • unschmackhaft: tasteless
  • fies: nasty, yucky
  • ekelhaft: disgusting
  • unappetitlich: unapetising
  • ekelig: yucky/disgusting
  • fade: tasteless

About germanforrunway

learning german is a love and hate learning journey. The beginning is difficult and it gets maybe tougher but definitely more lyrical as I discover the colloquial language or the slangs and in german 'Umgangssprache'. german for runways is a collection of slangs that I have learnt from the germans around me and my wonderful friend, Kirsten, is the mastermind behind the blogname. german for runways is the direct and awfully wrong translation for german for advanced level.
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