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...