La Lucha, photo: liz_b.
Berlin never stops to deliver us new places to explore and fall in love with. Each year an abundance of new things pop up all over town, putting undiscovered areas on the map and adding new spice to already established ones.
The gastronomic newcomers of this years are particularly exciting and diverse and we had a bit of a hard time to choose the ones we want to present you here in our new guide. We especially love the fact that the style of kitchen is becoming more experimental and bringing some new trends into town, but also that interior and ambience continues to evolve.
Here’s our selection of the most exciting new restaurants in Berlin that you should check out in 2017.
If you think we’ve seen it all in terms of Mexican food you have to think again. La Lucha at Paul-Linke-Ufer is offering a different, more unusual angle on the beloved kitchen and especially shines in terms of ambience and originality.
La Lucha, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-41, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Wed-Sat 18-23h, Sun 18-22h, Tel: +49-30 55 2009 14
I think we haven’t had a German restaurant in our gastro novelties in a while. But Peter Paul is just that: typical German dishes like Roulade, Königsberger Klopse, Sauerbraten, Spargel and Bouletten. The twist: They come as tapas sized dishes so you get to try many of them. It’s perfect to introduce Berlin visitors to German dishes.
PeterPaul, Torstr. 99, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open Tue- Sat, 17-01h, Tel: +49-30 43 77 30 43
This brand new jewel on Kastanienallee combines Japanese and Peruvian cooking bringing another trend to Berlin: Nikkei Cuisine. The dishes are extremely elaborate and tasty (my favorite being the pork belly on sweet potato creme) both a feast for the eyes and mouth. The drinks are also quite delicious, you want to make sure to keep them coming after the first sip. Also a big thumbs up for the original interior design of the place.
Nauta, Kastanienallee 49, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Open Wed – Sat 18:30-24h, Tel.: +49-174 3863466
Wilde Küche is your down-to-earth vegan place that offers vegetable bowls for a fair price in a relaxed, cantine-style atmosphere right next to Görlitzer Park at Spreewaldplatz. You can enjoy you lunch or dinner also on the big terrace when the weather allows it. We like that their bowls have wild broccoli and the spicy curry sauce gives it the right twist.
Wilde Küche, Spreewaldplatz 5, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open Tue – Sun 11-23h, Tel: +49-1514 3217418
When it comes to international cuisines the Berliners like to look very far on their maps. But with Kafana they will get a chance to try the cooking from a country that is not even that far: Serbia. This lovely new restaurant also puts Wilmersdorf again on the map, this district has a lot going for it at the moment.
Kafana, Bruchsaler Str. 6, 10715 Berlin-Wilmersdorf
Open Wed – Fri 18-23h, Sat 18-01h, Sun 12-22h, Tel: +49-30 235 849 98
Tucked into the second backyard of an inconspicuous side street of Brunnenstraße the restaurant Heimlich Treu is a bit of a hidden gem. They offer tapas-sized dishes of modern food that are perfect to share with a group of friends so everyone can try something. Their cocktail mixed with Belsazar Rose is a must (their own creation) and we loved especially the starter dishes from the menu that we kept reordering.
Heimlich Treu, Anklamerstr. 38 backyard, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open: Lunch Mon – Fri 12-14h / Dinner Mon – Sat 18-23h, Tel: +49-30 48 49 45 99
photos: Heimlich Treu
Betty’n Caty 26
Some of you might know the cafe Betty’n Caty at Knaackstr. 9 in Prenzlauer Berg. In Spring the two of them opened a second place one block up on the same street that expanded the concept of a cafe to a brasserie that also has a dinner menu from Monday to Saturday. The evening menu equals a little bit their lunch menu of modern, healthy, but down-to-earth, yummy dishes that you can enjoy in a cosy atmosphere.
Betty’n Caty 26, Knaackstraße 26, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Open: Mon – Fri 8-23h, Sat 9-23h, Sun 9-19h, Tel: 030 44049120
The new restaurant Vertikal is offering a new level of multi cultural cuisine in the heart of Kreuzberg at Reichenbergerstraße corner of Glogauer Straße. Not only for dinner, but also for lunch and breakfast you can enjoy their diverse menu that ranges from Isreali Shakshuka, Italian Orcchiette, French Beef Tartar to Japanese Daikon Salad.
Vertikal, Reichenbergerstr. 86, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Open: Wed – Sat 8:30-22h, Sun 8:30-21h, Tel: +49-30 61286872
Nithan Thai on Chausseestraße is not your regular Thai joint in Berlin. They offer a quite refined version of Thai cuisine that you probably haven’t seen on a menu before. The menu is actually structured by five elements: Water, Inner pice, Sunrise, Golden Sun and Sound, each representing a different cooking technique. This definitely makes us curious!
Nithan Thai, Chausseestr. 5, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open daily 17-01h, Tel.: +49-30 5521 3969
photos: Nithan Thai
Another new gastronomic newcomer on Torstraße is simply titled Gärtnerei. Maybe inspired by its corner street Gartenstraße, or possibly by its quite green and fresh menu this place is the light counterpart of its older sibling Fleischerei at Schönhauser Allee.
Gärtnerei, Torstraße 179, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Open Tue-Sat 18-23:30h, Tel: +49-30 24631450