Kanaan, photo: Kfir Harbi
Berlin never ceases to amaze me in terms of its relentless ability to open new places. I was reposting our “new restaurants” guide from last year only a couple of months ago only to realize that it’s already been a year. So I thought, with all the news of new places popping up recently, it’s time for a brand new “new restaurants” in Berlin guide – the 2016 edition, so to speak. And again here I was thinking it would be a quick piece with maybe 6 or 7 fresh restaurants. Well, think again, Frank – it’s BERLIN – there is not gonna just be only 7 new places… My list ended up including 15 12 (!) exciting restaurants that opened their doors in 2016. And I’m just talking about the places that stand out and already experience a good portion of hype! Of course we’ll add new ones along the way this year, so stay tuned for more. But for now here is our fresh pickings.
This luxurious new restaurant in Mitte offers Italian food ranging from comfort (pizza) to high class (dover sole) with special brunch options on the weekends. Despite it being located inside the lobby of the members only Soho House, it is actually open to the public.
Cecconi’s, Torstr. 1, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open Mon-Thu 11:30-24h, Fri-Sat 11:30-01h, Sun 11-24h
Tel: +49 30 40 50 44 68-0
Cecconi’s, photo: Soho House Berlin
This new Peruvian restaurant made big waves in the fall of 2015 and finally brought the famous Ceviche to Berlin. As many places nowadays it started in the form of a pop-up before it finally had a permanent place in Neukölln. Our favorite colleague Sara from Finding Berlin has a more detailed review.
Chicha, Friedelstraße 34, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln
Open Wed-Sun 18-24h
Tel: +49 30 62731010
Chicha, photo: Finding Berlin
Fes Turkish BBQ
Turkish doesn’t always have to be döner kebab or köfte. This modern new restaurant opened last summer and offers something that we normally know from Koreans: The table grill to barbecue your own meat. Definitely a nice change to the kebab and a welcome way to learn more about the Turkish kitchen.
Fes Turkish BBQ, Hasenheide 58, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Mon-Thu, Sun 16-24h, Fri-Sat 16-02h
Tel: +49 30 2391 7778
A New Restaurants in Berlin list wouldn’t be complete without another Mexican(-inspired) place. I won’t dare to say anything about how authentic this place is, because some of our Mexican readers might have a complete meltdown (love ya!). But it sure looks yummy! Given its location in the business district of Mitte, this is only open during the week and until 20h, so only good for lunch or an early dinner.
Chupenga, Mohrenstrasse 42, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open Mon-Fri 11:30-20h
So here comes the trifecta that is Kanaan, the most hyped place at the moment thanks to the fact that hummus is owning the world right now. I love hummus. They have not one, not two, but THREE relatively new places. They took over the Pizza Hütte (my beloved Pizza joint in P’berg) at Kopenhagener Straße and the cafe across and turned them into a take-away and restaurant where they serve the amazing hummus (tried it, it really is that good) and other Israeli and Palestinian (yes you read that right, what a peace project!) dishes. They also have a brand new express restaurant in Kreuzberg.
Kanaan Express & Restaurant, Kopenhagener Straße 16, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Express (Hütte) open Mon-Fri 12-16h, Restaurant (Kohlenquelle) open Sat-Sun 12-22h
Tel: +49 176 22586673
Kanaan Express, Blücherstraße 37, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Mon-Fri 17-22h
Kanaan Express Prenzlauer Berg, photo: Kanaan
Tulus Lotrek (the phonetic German version of Toulouse-Lautrec) is a new place for those of you who enjoy some exclusive dining with refined and exquisite dishes that will make your taste buds quiver.
Tulus Lotrek, Fichtestr. 24, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Tue-Sun 19-24h
Tel: +49 30 41 95 66 87
photo: Tulus Lotrek
The newly opened Karloff next to the Lugosi Bar offers South Italian small dishes that bring us the flavors of Naples and Sicily into the cold North.
Karloff, Reichenbergerstrasse 152, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Tue-Sat 18-23:30h
Tel: +49 178 1445664
tile mosaic & photo: Anne Derian
The Zenkichi is the new sibling of the beloved House of Small wonders cafe in Mitte next to Friedrichstadtpalast. It’s actually in the same building, but while upstairs you can enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch, the Zenkichi offers modern Japanese, slightly luxurious set menus for dinner.
Zenkichi, Johannisstraße 20, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 18-24h
Tel: +49 30 24630810
Le Petit Royal
This is probably the newest one in our list as it practically opened last weekend. It’s the West Berlin counterpart of the famous Grill Royal and it’s equally on the more luxurious side of dinning. They are specialized in gourmet French Cuisine.
Le Petit Royal, Grolmanstraße 59, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Open Mon-Sat 18-23h
Tel: +49 30 330060750
Le Petit Royal, photo: Stefan Korte
Another “second” place of an already successful restaurant. This time coming from the makers of Parker Bowles at Aufbauhaus. Not far from Moritzplatz at Oranienstraße you can find their new Californian-Korean-Comfort-Food (buns & burgers) at Pacifico.
Pacifico, Oranienstr. 147, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Mon-Sat 12-22h
As cheeky and progressive as the exterior of this new Vietnamese joint on Kantstraße might seem, once inside you can expect delicious, traditional Pho, among other dishes.
Madame Ngo, Kantstr. 30, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Madame Ngo, photo: hello.anias
Last but not least: the only place that offers something that we could confidently describe as a traditional German kitchen, something that seems to be not much of a trend if you look at all of the other places, but something that is definitely needed just as much as international fancy food.
Tucholsky’s, Torstr. 189, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 18-01h
Tel: +49 30 27 58 20 53
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Do you know any other new restaurants in Berlin that we should know about? Did you already visit any of the places listed above? How did you like them? Let us know in the comments below.
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