Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2015

Zazie, Lychener Str. 24, 10437 Berlin, Germany

A new fab French restaurant entered the scene. While it belongs to the Belgian/ French connection around themroc & les valseues, we found it even better than the other two. The concept similar: young & wild chefs create gourmet menus for fair prices. 

As a starter we chose beetroot carpaccio with grilled goat cheese (6 EUR) - lots of passion and focus on details for such a small price.

We continued with real tender lamb chops on a variety of root vegetables (16,50 EUR) that make you an addict.

And our friends chose the perfect grilled sea bream fillet in lobster sauce on polenta with green pees and seaweed (16,50 EUR). 

It's always the details...

Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2015

Takumi Nine, Pappelallee 19, (entrance Raumerstrasse) 10437 Berlin, Germany

Think of big bowls of hearty Japanese Ramen soup, these kind of loaded soups, where every tiny piece of vegetable kept its unique taste, fresh and of high quality - no idea how they do this little corncob  - that is a wonderful little thing. 

Minus: Hell, Yeah. Having ramen restaurants in Düsseldorf and Munich, the owners unfortunately brought Munich prices to Berlin. The soups range from 9 to 15,00 EUR. Our chicken soup was about 9,00 EUR. A lot of people left before ordering. But all that stayed - mainly Japanese folks - were all real fans. 

Montag, 22. Juni 2015

Donath Osteria Ristorante, Schwedter Str. 13, 10119 Berlin, Germany

No chance for traveling this year? Looking for the perfect mussels & spaghetti vongole in Berlin? Then here it comes:

Both dishes were only about 13 EUR, the house wine around 4 EUR. 

Don't wait for the menu card - there is none, all menus are written on the walls. And people told us to try the Arrabiata - which they found to be the best in town!? So, there is always a next time. 

Montag, 23. März 2015

Tin Tan, Chausseestrasse 124, 10115 Berlin, Germany

While the burger hype is heading to its peak, there comes a new Berlin trend around the corner - Mexican Street Food. The best place we tried so far is Tin Tan.

Ordering a mixed plate wasn't such a bad idea after all, since we got it all: 

Suadero (beef marinated in milk for several hours), Cochinita (slow roasted pork marinated in citrus juice), Guacamole, grilled chicken and vegetables (19,50 for two). All very fresh and juicy. 

The sauces vary from little to very spicy and the brave ones get the r e a l ones!

Montag, 15. Dezember 2014

Frischeparadies, Hermann-Blankenstein-Straße 48, 10249, Berlin, Germany

Talking Fish Part II

Frischeparadies is actually a supermarket for gourmet products and a real sleeper for the perfect bouillabaisse in Berlin.

Served at the open kitchen of the bistro, we got this holiday feeling we're always looking for. Think grilled filet of fish, aromatic soup made of crustacean and champaign mouse on top. And not to forget - home-made rouille. You can choose two sizes: the small one costs 8,50 EUR, the big one 14,50 EUR. Another tip: the small one got the same amount of fish filets, only comes with less soup.

It's the opening hours that make it a little tricky to satisfy your gourmet heart. The bistro is open from Tu-Sat 11:30 a.m. till 4 p.m. and every first Monday of the month, same hours.  

Munch's Hus Bülowstraße 66, 10783 Berlin, Germany

Talking Fish Part I

We were thinking some fish would be good before all this X-Mas feasting and went to Munch's Hus apparently the only Norwegian restaurant within Germany. We were pretty amazed about the cook's inventiveness and the high quality. Unfortunately the pictures didn't come out pretty well, but takes this as invite to try for yourself.

We ordered the Norwegian specialty "Leng" (taste comes close to lobster) with mashed celery potatoes, beet root sticks in beet root sauce and topped by caviar from lumpfish (14,00 EUR). 

… and went for arctic char on roasted parsley root and sliced potatoes on lemon avocado creme (14,50 EUR). Our friends tried roasted elk with mashed celery potatoes and chestnut on a goat cheese-juniper sauce (19,00 EUR) - looking also pretty happy.

The German/Berlin waiters seem maybe a little aloof, but this shouldn't keep you from trying probably one of the best fish restaurants in Berlin.

Montag, 27. Oktober 2014

Restaurant Lorbeer, Pappelallee 77, 10437 Berlin, Germany

Berlin's frosty, endless winter days let you dream of goulash, red wine and dark buttery sauces. Luckily more and more places now serve modern German cuisine using excellent regional products - one of them is Restaurant Lorbeer.

 As a starter we ordered mould cheese on beetroot salad with apples and walnuts (4,90 EUR).

We went on with super tender ragout made of venison with spaetzle and Brussels sprouts (15,90) and a juicy Wiener Schnitzel (veal) on luke warm potato salad (12,90 EUR).

And just couldn't leave without trying the mouth-watering Kaiserschmarrn topped by cherry puree and vanilla ice-cream (7,90 EUR).

van Loon, Carl-Herz-Ufer 5, 10961 Berlin, Germany

Spending an afternoon on this ship is pure recreation. Floating restaurant van Loon has a team of young and dedicated cooks and offers fresh fish for good value. The mixed salad topped by grilled Zander fillets is of high quality (15,90 EUR) and we just adore these subtle, little things like grilled sage leaves on top of salads.

The van Loon fish soup has a variety of fresh fish and crayfish and got this fruity and aromatic flavor we love from the Mediterranean kitchen and comes with roasted garlic bread (7,80 EUR).

Just go there and get your holiday moment in the middle of Berlin!

Donnerstag, 4. September 2014

Fischerei Fischerhütte Pfefferkorn, Am Teich 10, 16818 Karwe, Brandenburg, Germany

Finding nice places in Brandenburg is almost impossible. Normally you get small portions of cooked fish drowned in terrible sauces from waiters that serve you with a fake robot-like smile or worse!!! wishing you the plague.

BUT not at this family-run fish restaurant.

The food is honest and simple: huge portions of absolutely fresh fish from the fish pond (see pic) or from the region. 

We had fillets of arctic char with fried potatoes (ca. 15 EUR) a complete arctic char with salad (ca. 14 EUR) and fillet of zander with salad (ca. 14 EUR).

As side dish you can choose either home-made french fries or fried potatoes, which got a vinegar touch.

When you order salad, you might as well get two huge fillets of fish "No one starves to death here, honey". 

The restaurant is open from Thursday to Sunday 9 am - 7 pm (April till December).

Samstag, 26. Juli 2014

Restaurant Schoenbrunn, am Schwanenteich im Volkspark Friedrichshain, Berlin

Another summer time only thing. The Restaurant Schoenbrunn basically only opens from April to October. (Nov - March only on the weekends 10:00 - 17:30). But we lately found out that the chef changed and we were really surprised by the extraordinary value for money we got.

We ordered a small veal Schnitzel accompanied by a lukewarm potato salad as well as a fresh cold cucumber salad with sesame topping(9 EUR)and a salad with fresh chanterelles (9 EUR). 

The small menu card 
changes weekly and got German and French classics. 

Alte Liebe, Havelchaussee 107, 14055 Berlin

We chose this floating restaurant for it's probably the most romantic and beautiful place to eat in Berlin - food this time, is rather secondary.

The kitchen is pretty old fashioned Berlin style, haven't changed for the last like 50 decades or so.

We chose grilled trout (about 14 EUR) and a mixed fish plate (about 15 EUR) served with potatoes and cooked vegetables - the portions were big and the fish was fresh. 

Montag, 21. April 2014

Marubi Ramen, Kollwitzstraße 47, 10405, Berlin, Germany

There were some openings of new Japanese delis and restaurants throughout Berlin for a few years now - may this be related to Fukushima or not, who cares… While most places offer the typical ramen noodle soup, Marubi's ramen surprised us.

The beef version not only got this strong, wild, beefy taste the moment you had your first spoon full, there was also a crazy taste of sea food coming from a big nori leaf swimming on top. You just can't get a ramen with more ingredients and different flavors tickling you tongue - in this town. 

When you go for lunch menu the ramen comes with either kimchi or sea weed salad all together for 7.20 EUR. 

Sonntag, 6. April 2014

LATA Berlin Has It, Schönhauser Allee, 10-11, 10119 Berlin, Germany

LATA had the chance to become one of the best young Portuguese restaurants in Berlin. But it closed some months ago for "reconstructing work"?! and was never opened again… We keep an eye on it….

LATA, offers young, modern Portuguese kitchen focusing on simple, fresh fish and meat dishes. We were surprised by the diverse lunch menu (dishes varying between 7 and 10 EUR).
So we stayed for lunch and tried fried mackerel with a bowl with beens and rice in a tomato sauce (6.60 EUR) - the coriander inside gave it a very special fresh taste. The steak - fried in garlic and butter served in bread and with homemade french fries topped with sea salt (7,00 EUR) - was of a very good quality and very tender. 

Portuguese restaurants are still rare in Berlin's east, but our hope is that more young Portuguese chefs will follow and offer modern Portuguese kitchen.

Samstag, 15. Februar 2014

GROSZ, Kurfuerstendamm 193/194, 10707, Berlin, Germany

Berlin's Coffee house culture, seems to rise again. We mean r e a l coffee house culture with all that gold, chandeliers, silver pots full of hot chocolate, and young "Fräuleins" wearing short skirts and little white aprons… 
GROSZ offers all that and more.
We came to enjoy little cakes but being pretty hungry we first tried the bouillabaisse (28,00 EUR for 2). It came close to the ones you get in the South of France (maybe a little too cold and it could have been spicier), but still there aren't too many places in Berlin that offer you this kind of quality for a pretty fair price. 

We continued with coffee, cakes and macaron - all fresh and perfect. The cakes are a bit pricy (up to 9 EUR), but hey, it's okay, for this is a place you don't want to leave, not after one hour, not after three hours - home just will never be as pleasant and cosy and perfect and all...

Montag, 9. Dezember 2013

Prince, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 9-13, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Honestly, it were these mouth-watering cakes that drew our attention and made us enter the Prince, a new East Asian restaurant in Berlin's Mitte.

While belonging to the popular "transit", Prince offers all sorts of high quality tapas from fried shrimps to perfect fresh dumplings. But it's absolutely worth it to also try the patisserie!!!

The restaurant is open all day and offers Asian tapas from breakfast to dinner  - all very excellent and on a very high level of quality.

Mittwoch, 4. Dezember 2013

Long March Canteen, Wrangelstr. 20, 10997, Berlin, Germany


Is it Shanghai? Beijing? Hong Kong? No, this is still Berlin, yet look and feel of this lovingly decorated Chinese restaurant carry you off without having to fly and pay a fortune.

Long March Canteen offers excellent and very unique Chinese tapas (prices between 5 and 9 EUR). Go there with lots of friends, for there' re mostly big tables and it's fun to order the complete menu and just share. This way dinner can easily last three hours.

Montag, 4. November 2013

Fellas, Stargarder Str. 3, 10437 Berlin, Germany

We're happy to take this cosy restaurant back on our top list (after the owner changed again). Like most restaurants we suggest, Fellas have only a small menu with mostly German/Austrian/Italian dishes.
We went for rump-steak on potato cakes and with a mixed salad and sauce béarnaise (16 EUR) and ...

… deer with chestnuts and juniper gnocchi in a dark-red, buttery, red wine sauce (14 (EUR).

They have also a small but good selection of French wine (0.2 about 5.50 EUR).

Ruben & Carla, (Pastrami & Tagliata), Linienstraße 136, 10115 Berlin, Germany

Home-made, crispy, buttery, fresh. Heaven. And they come with crazy homemade sauces e.g. one was a tarragon sauce we absolutely adored. Maybe these were even the best fries we have ever tried - we know, that this sounds a bit rash, but still...

Unfortunately it was a little too dark for taking good pictures of the perfect, fresh pumpkin and chanterelle salad (6 EUR), the slow cooked deer goulash (17 EUR) and the tender entrecôte from Argentina (21 EUR).

So we only shot the freshly baked warm chocolate cake (yep, it got a hot chocolate filling!!!) which comes with vanilla ice cream (6 EUR). Wow. Forget everything you knew about warm chocolate cakes...

Freitag, 4. Oktober 2013

Kyo Grill, Kastanienallee 23, 13158, Berlin, Germany

It's plain grilled fish, seafood and meat they offer at this Japanese grill - yet the way it's done, is rarely to be found in Berlin. It's the sea, sun and holidays you're thinking, while having your first bite of grilled prawn.

We had seaweed as a starter (about 6 Euros)... went on with mixed roasting spits (prawns, lamb, chicken, beef and salmon - each plate comes with four spits, rice and sauces and costs about 7 Euros)...

and finished with chicken skin (it's not on the menu, but when you ask for it the cook is more than happy to prepare it for you!)