Ever since I traveled through Mexico City two years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for authentic Mexican cuisine on par with the delicious tacos, quesadillas and tamales that lined the streets. More so, as a vegan who seems to be fueled by soy and hot sauce, finding spicy, vegan, Mexican food in Berlin has proven to be an ever-elusive feat. Though my kitchen is always stocked with limes, cilantro, habaneros and the like, the end result of my cooking always fell short of expectations. I blamed the vegan substitutes (almond milk horchata just didn’t measure up), and gave up on my search. Enter Chaparro, the Kreuzberg restaurant that offers vegan Mexican food bursting with flavours and life like the city it comes from. Offering both meat and veggie options at totally affordable prices, Chaparro is definitely a new favourite. Click on see the delicious things they offer!
Considering the average lunch or dinner of the modern Berliner is probably something between a Döner and a Kimchi soup it’s becoming more and more unlikely to come across a German-style meal these days! But why? I do realize German Cuisine is maybe not the most famous one in the world, but living here you should have at least tried! And to be honest, as much as I like Asian food, to have a really traditional German dish is just the best and now that I am writing about it my craving for it is becoming unbearable. I might have to go to one of our 8 best German restaurants that we have compiled for you after the jump. Enjoy!
Kreuzberg has a new gem of Italian cuisine right in its heart at Lausitzer Platz. We tested the new restaurant Nudo recently and can full-heartedly give it the thumbs up. Co-owned by the founder of the super successful Kochhaus stores it comes as no surprise that the recipes and ingredients are of the best of quality here. The concept is also quite different from most restaurants. They only have one daily menu that consists of four courses and combines nouveaux cuisine and traditional dishes. It normally includes both fish and meat, but can also be requested as a vegetarian menu or other special requests. So you can basically come here every day and experience something entirely new. We love this concept very much, especially to such a fair price of only 25 EUR. Have a look at our impressions and check out this great new place as soon as you can!
If there is one thing about the restaurant scene in Berlin that I love it’s the amazing variety of Asian cuisine in town. I think I have never visited a city with more good Asian restaurants (outside of Asia of course) than Berlin. One of the most popular choices of Asian cuisine for the Berliners must be Indian. In some districts you get the feeling that literally every block has its own Indian restaurant. To be honest the huge amount of Indian places has also caused a mixed reputation for Indian cuisine in Berlin because apparently there are a lot of mediocre and bad ones. But those should not overshadow those places that have truely amazing Indian food. And to give you a helping hand in the big world of Indian food in Berlin, we have compiled a guide with our favorites and some of the most popular and loved Indian restaurants in Berlin. And in case this guide wets your appetite so much that you can’t wait to indulge into this food as soon as possible (as it did for me while writing this article) how about ordering in?
Last week I had the pleasure to try out the French restaurant Le Faubourg (which means the suburb) that is in the not-so-far West of Berlin at Augsburger Straße inside the Sofitel Berlin. I must admit that I absolutely love French restaurants (sorry, Italy) so this was a special delight for me. There is something about the way the French chefs prepare meat that is just to die for.
As you can see the interior of the restaurant is stunning with these goregeous Bauhaus lamps and perfectly illuminated tables. The service was impeccable, as you would expect from a high class restaurant like this. And the food was just symphony for the taste buds. The interesting part here is the menu for the main courses that is split in half with traditional versions and modern versions of the same type of meat or fish facing each other. You have options with venison, beef, turbot, sea bass and vegetarian dishes with prices ranging from 18-38 EUR. We tried the dry-aged rump-steak (easily one of the best meat dishes I ever had in Berlin) and the turbot with chorizo (very delicious and unusual combination). As a wine I had the Miraval rosé from the Provence that I loved so much that I made a little research about it on the internet and found out it’s the wine from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. What a funny discovery! So ultimately we did not only enjoy a spectacular dinner, we also were in very good company (in spirit). Enjoy our impressions after the jump.
Wedding can be seen as the Northern counterpart to the hip district of Neukölln, with it’s numerous cafés, bars, clubs and meeting points. Less gentrified than some other districts, Wedding attracts a more mature, eccentric and mixed crowd, and houses many attractions to accommodate. We’ve scouted out some interesting places to check out, whether you’re in the mood for a weekend of partying or just taking a stroll through the park. Click on to see the places loved by locals, and venture into some the coolest places in Wedding.
Vegan subcultures have been spreading like wildfire in Berlin, and Sophia (journalist, food blogger and vegan extraordinaire) is here to show us the ropes. Her creative and colourful recipes are inspiring, and her passion for food is infectious. Since 2011, Sophia Hoffmann has been sharing her own delicious and innovative recipes on her blog, Oh, Sophia, assuring the world that animal products are not needed to create beautiful, delicious and nutritious meals. If you thought veganism couldn’t be fun, healthy and enjoyable as a lifestyle, think again. Sophia is here to bring light to vegan living with her themed vegan dinners, restaurant recommendations and the launch of her exciting new cookbook. Learn more about this quirky lady and let her spruce up your vegan experience in Berlin with events and ideas after the jump.
If you would like to know how to best spend your day in Berlin as a vegan you should check out our new Vegan Route on the Friendly Berlin iPhone App curated by Sophia. Enjoy!
Last night I was lucky to be at the grand opening of the Cadillac Experience that is happening right now in the underground parking garage at Bebelplatz. The Cadillac Experience is a combination of an American Diner and a special car exhibition that was built into one of the floors of the garage for a few days so people can experience the wonders for all the senses that this iconic American car brand has to offer. The American Diner is the heart of the experience and it’s run by American star chef Richard Blais who created a very special burger for this unique event, but we’ll talk more about him on another day. The diner is a modern interpretation of the classical American diner which means that not only is the interior an updated contemporary version but also the dishes get a special twist. You can visit the Cadillac Experience starting today until Monday December 1st 2014 from 10-18h and test drive one of their new cars and join other activities as well as have breakfast or lunch at the diner. On Sunday there is also a special Christmas brunch.
After the jump you can already get an impression of the Cadillac Experience with photos of the opening night. The absolut highlight was a live performance by the amazing Aloe Blacc who I am sure many of you know from his collaboration with AVICII. Enjoy the photos!
If you ever went skiing in the Alps, for instance in Kitzbühel, you know that there is nothing better after a full day of skiing than a warm lunch on the top of a white mountain inside a cosy hut. You don’t need a master in geography to notice that the Alps are not really nearby. Luckily to appreciate some mountain flavors you don’t have to leave Berlin since this city has some really nice restaurants serving savory Alpine cuisine.
To recreate a little Alpine feeling we put on our Ultra Light Down jackets from Uniqlo (previously featured here) and went on a little culinary excursion. Filling our bellies with Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarn and Käsespätzle we had some nice evenings around town. Check out the resulting list of our Top 5 Alpine restaurants in Berlin after the jump.
Last week we had the pleasure to finish the celebration of our 7th anniversary with the dinner series Seven Suppers together with Berlin-based start-up Qozy. It has been my plan to do another dinner event that gives us a chance to meet some of our readers since our last one for our 3rd anniversary and I’m glad we finally did it again because it was absolutely charming. I think we have the cutest readers of all Berlin blogs! I wanna thank you all for coming, also our fellow bloggers from Paperboats, Berlin Loves You, Artconnect Berlin, as well as Kaltblut Magazine who followed our invitation.
All of our dinners were prepared by Matthew Maue, one of the chefs from Qozy. He was absolutely excellent and I already miss having him in my kitchen on a daily basis. It was a lovely experience working with the team of Qozy and I warmly recommend to you to try out their amazing service and book one of their delicious menues for you and your friends in your home. On their website you can choose from different options starting at 32 EUR per person for a 3-course menu. One of their professional chefs will come to your home, bring all the ingredients and prepare everything fresh in your kitchen, serve the meals for you and your friends and clean up the place afterwards. It couldn’t be more practical!
After the jump you can get some impressions from the last two of our Seven Suppers. Enjoy and we hope it will wet your appetite!