7 Berlin Eats You Can’t Miss

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Berlin is certainly known for its impressive art scene, compelling history and wild nightlife, but not as your typical foodie hotspot. Sausages, sauerkraut, potato dumplings and lots of steins of beer are probably the first things which spring to mind when you think German food.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

I fully immersed myself in German culture on landing, with a stein of beer.  Although not an avid beer drinker the fruity kind more than quenched my thirst. Apart from the beer swilling, my first visit to Berlin very quickly abolished all my foodie preconceptions.

The melting pot of Italian, Turkish and Middle Eastern immigrants in the capital has redefined the culinary scene with a range of exotic food styles. Today, the diverse and eclectic city presents a vibrant and innovative food culture which sits side by side the traditional fayre synonymous with the country.

Our gastronomic adventure included lip-smackingly tasty vegan Vietnamese, Turkish in Kreuzberg and a cool Japanese American brunch spot to name a few.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

The visit also coincided with the season of Germany’s King of Vegetables – White Asparagus. This veggie couldn’t ignore that little fact of course!

And whilst we’re on the plant-based topic, I never expected it be the vegan capital of the world. Yes, seriously!  The city has embraced the whole veganism movement with full force, with a whooping 471 restaurants catering for vegans. It doesn’t end there either. Schivelbeiner Strasse is also the world’s first street dedicated to all things animal product-free, known locally as Vegan Avenue. That’s Berlin for you, unpredictable – just like it’s food.

From street food, to fine dining and some ultra hip joints – Here are six places which seriously rocked my taste buds on our recent city break:

Cookies Cream

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Trying to find this restaurant is an adventure in itself, particularly when you have to traverse through a car park past dumpster bins! Once at the door remember to press the buzzer. You’ll head upstairs to an industrial looking dining room with white concrete pillars, soft lighting, white linen draped tables and raspberry coloured seating.

The open plan kitchen gives a glimpse of chef Stephan Hentschel creating his experimental plant-based creations which have earned him a Michelin star. With usual veggie suspects like pasta banned from the menu, you’ll find dishes such as vegetarian caviar, Parmesan dumplings and cornflakes ice cream.

I loved how the attentive trendy staff enthused over the dishes and the fabulous wine pairings. We devoured some of the most exceptional and inventive flavours and textures. It’s one of the coolest vegetarian restaurants I’ve dined in with a very reasonably priced Michelin Star menu. A four course menu is €59 and a three course €49. The camera is also banned at this establishment, so there are no photos  – just tasty memories.

cookiescream.com

House of Small Wonder

The urban greenhouse is known for being one of the most iconic cafés in Berlin, tucked away in Mitte the heart of the city. Headed by husband and wife team Motoko Watanabe and Shaul Margulies, it follows in the footsteps in of its Brooklyn predecessor.  House of Small Wonder draws on the owners culinary heritage and offers an American menu with a Japanese twist, with a big emphasis on comfort food.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Here you can sup on a matcha cappuccino whilst chomping a Tex Mex inspired Okinawan taco rice or an apple-brie-fig mustard sandwich. You’re guaranteed to be captured by the homely feel to the place with the eclectic mix of cutlery and furniture, charming and quirky in equal measures.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

We covered both bases with our order I veered to the American with two sunny side eggs, the creamiest potato gratin and Mediterranean salad. Mr S went all Japanese with two onigiri rice balls seasoned with purple shiso, served with vegetable side dishes and vegan miso soup,

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Let’s not forget the iconic winding staircase! Framed with potted greenery it’s proved to be a hit with the Instagram massive. It would have been rude not to pose.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

www.houseofsmallwonder.de

Curry at the Wall

Currywurst, the famous Berlin dish which wouldn’t exist without the British! A lady called Herta Heuwer invented the fast food in 1949 when she obtained ketchup and curry from the British soldiers. She mixed these ingredients with other spices and poured it over sliced, grilled pork sausages. Recipe mastered, Herta went onto selling her spicy snack from a street stall in Charlottenburg. And the rest as they say is history.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

My quest for finding a veggie friendly version led me straight to Curry at the Wall. Where I found an incredibly tasty vegan currywurst. This local speciality is made from seitan and wheat protein, doused in a rich spicy curry sauce, sprinkled with curry powder and served with a portion of french fries and a soft drink. All for €7.90, what’s not to like?!

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Conveniently located a few minutes from Checkpoint Charlie and directly opposite part of the original Berlin Wall, it’s the perfect spot to refuel when on the tourist trail.

www.curry-at-the-wall-berlin-mitte.com

Katz Orange

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

This modern bistro style restaurant housed in an old brewery, celebrates local organic produce. There are various rooms, a lovely outdoor courtyard and live music whilst you dine.  The brick walls and rustic wooden furniture is combined with ethnic elements of South America. Not a surprise when the owners were inspired by an orange cat for the name of the restaurant when travelling in South America.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

The restaurant’s speciality is ‘candy on bone’ where you’ll find the pork Duroc which gets roasted for 12 hours at a low temperature and served with its own gravy. There are plenty of tasty vegetarian options to choose from too, such as this delicious crispy halloumi, tabbouleh and tomato.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

And the corn bread, king oyster mushrooms and paprika.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

To perfectly cooked fish dishes, such as Mr S’s oriental style salmon.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Our fantastic sommelier lead us into our first foray in orange wine. Its known to be bold and complex and he expertly chose the perfect bottle.

Delicious food, great wine, a fabulous atmosphere, attentive staff and a beautiful location. Katz Orange is a must for an entertaining and memorable evening.

Defne

In a city full of Turkish restaurants, Defne is the one you need to hunt down in Berlin’s dynamic and hip Kreuzberg. The canal-side restaurant has an outside terrace for a lovely dinner setting with river views. It serves classic Anatolian dishes using authentic ingredients from the local Turkish market, and also blends flavours from the Mediterranean.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

The meze style sharing plate comes with incredibly flavoursome dips – hummus, cacik, spicy hot pepper salad, garlic carrots and the walnut chilli paste is to die for! The generous portion of sigaria boregi or crispy puff pastry rolls filled with a herb cheese filling were rather large but very delicious.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

The Imam Bayildi or Imam Fainted as quoted in the menu is one of their specialities. Thankfully vegetarian I gorged on stuffed aubergine from the oven, with fresh tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions and pine nuts. Accompanied with a beautiful tomato sauce and bulgar wheat.

Carnivorous dishes which have the locals returning on repeat are the ali nazik, sliced lamb with puréed aubergine and yoghurt and the acili ahtapot, a spicy octopus served with mushrooms and olives in a white wine and tomato sauce.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Top tip: Remember to take cash through, as they don’t accept any credit cards and you don’t want to be left scrubbing the pots!

www.defne-restaurant.de

1990 Vegan Living

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Head to Boxhagener Platz in Berlin and I promise you an extraordinary culinary vegan adventure. 1990 Vegan Living is an amazing Vietnamese restaurant in Friedrichshain.

The interiors and inspiration for the the restaurant arises from the period in 1990 when there was a lack of meat in Vietnam. People had to come up with tasty vegan alternatives whilst still including the exotic spices of Vietnamese cuisine. This is now reflected in the dishes served in the restaurant using only seasonal organic produce.

The all vegan menu offers tapas style food in small bowls – perfect for sharing. If you’re not the sharing kind, fear not, you can also order larger versions all for yourself.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

There are 20 different tapas dishes to choose from, ranging from the traditional to some creative versions. packed with fresh ingredients they’re all wither served with noodles, white or red rice.

I can confidently say it’s the best vegan meal I’ve ever had! Remember to order the seitan on a stick utterly divine. And again don’t forget your cash. No cards are accepted.

www.restaurant1990.de

Neni Berlin

Looking for a fabulous panoramic view over lunch or dinner? Then, the all-day restaurant Nene Berlin is for you. Located on the  rooftop of 25hours Bikini Berlin it offers an eclectic mix of flavours on its menu. The sharing menu takes influence from Persian, Russian, Arabic, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish but also German and Austrian dishes. I can guarantee it will be a tough to make a decision.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

The interiors boast a greenhouse decor with wooden tables and colourful chairs. Incredible vistas of City West and the Berlin Zoo – will have you playing spot the gorilla in between starters and mains.

We started with a simple but rather tasty beetroot and horseradish hummus served with warm pita bread.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Followed by a Sabich, a street food speciality from Tel Aviv. The baked eggplant, hummus, tomato salsa, tahini with amba and soft boiled egg is served on a laffa bread.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Mr tucked into a warming dish of grilled marinated tofu, with giant couscous, black cumin, date syrup and chilli.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

Once you’ve satisfied your foodie cravings, on the same floor you can head straight across the corridor to the Monkey Bar.

7 Berlin Eats You Can't Miss

With a 360 degree terrace and a decent cocktail menu to work through. You’ll probably never want to leave. We didn’t.

www.neniberlin.de/en

I’d love to know about your foodie discoveries in Berlin. Let me know in the comments box below.

sima

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10 Comments

  1. 24th September 2018 / 10:51 am

    It all looks fab but the Vietnamese vegan tapas sounds particularly tempting and I’m not even vegan. I really shouldn’t have looked at this before eating lunch!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      24th September 2018 / 5:32 pm

      Haha! Kathryn I’m not vegan and even as a vegetarian turn my nose up at vegan options as I need cheese in my life. This food was incredible and by far the tastiest vegan food I have ever tasted in my life.

  2. 24th September 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Yesss! Curry wurst, I was sure you will include it in your list 😀 Must have it every time I visit Berlin 🙂

    Cheers,
    Dave

    btw: what camera and lens do you use? You have fantastic clear photos!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      24th September 2018 / 5:34 pm

      Even as a vegetarian I had to include currywurst into my top Berlin eats! Loved it too.
      I have a Panasonic Lumix GX7. Thank you for the compliment!

  3. 25th September 2018 / 10:45 am

    You have some fab recommendations here Sima! I’ve been to Neni and Monkey Bar but I do like the sound of secret dining in a warehouse!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      25th September 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Loved the Monkey Bar. I’d definitely go back again. Cookies Cream is just impressive and different. A must for your next visit Bejal.

  4. 27th September 2018 / 8:34 am

    Berlin is such an intriguing city isn’t it. You have to look hard to find the beauty, but it’s there!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      27th September 2018 / 9:11 am

      So true Angie, that’s exactly what I loved about.

  5. 10th October 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Yummy!!! These all look like great spots! I’ve never been to a vegan restaurant but I love the sound of 1990 VEGAN LIVING!

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      Author
      10th October 2018 / 3:20 pm

      Laura, the Vietnamese was out of this world. The best I have ever tasted.

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