On Saturday the inner yard of the Sony Center was transformed into a Spanish-themed fair ground with free Spanish food, music and dance. The initiator of this big family event was Fairy who invited their brand ambassador and tv chef Ralf Zacherl to break the record in cooking the biggest paella of Germany. But this was not the only record they broke that day at the Fairy Fiesta. They also managed to wash over 12.000 plates with only one bottle of their dish dergent and all of that for a good cause as they collected donations for the RTL children’s foundation to support the Kinderhaus in Berlin Reinickendorf.
Apart from tasting the biggest paella of Germany I had only one thing in mind at this event: What restaurant does a famous TV chef go to? After the jump some impressions and the top 3 Berlin restaurant recommendations by Ralf Zacherl.
I kept hearing about this new place Volta in Wedding now for the past few months and was very eager to check it out as it’s only a few blocks up my street. Located near the U8 subway stop Voltastraße it’s conveniently close to Mitte. Even though the super huge district Wedding still hasn’t found the type of Kiez infrastructure that we are all familiar with from Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Mitte, it still is developing quite nicely and offers more and more interesting places spread over its entirety.
The restraurant and bar Volta is the latest addition and quite an impressive one. No wonder, as it’s run by Cookies-chef Stephan Hentschel. The menu is quite diverse and very creative. Most of the dishes have the size of startes, so I recommend ordering at least two to get a taste of the variety. With prices between 5 and 7 EUR I think this is pretty fair, especially considering the great quality, refined look and awesome taste. My favorites are the red beet slices on yoghurt and the entrecôte on sticks. Delicious! The dessert is also quite exceptional, you have to try it! And what made the whole visit even better was the service which was super friendly and charming. This might very well become my new favorite place! Have a look at my impressions and the details after the jump.
Even though I am a big fan of Spain I have to admit that I have never really gotten used to the Spanish cuisine. There hasn’t been one Spanish restaurant here in Berlin yet, that I truly enjoyed eating at. Gladly this has changed now. Let me introduce you to Feliu. It’s a brand new Spanish restaurant in the Kreuzkölln area that I was lucky to try out last week. And it was quite delightful!
The place is located at Pflüger, quite close to the subway stop Schönleinstaße. The candle-lit interior has the typical urban-rustic style of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, with lots of little details and antiques, think of Das Hotel. We felt quite comfortable in the place and were warmly welcomed. We tried out as many things as possible on the menu including vegetarian and fish starters, meaty main courses and chocolaty desserts. Unlike most of the Spanish dishes that I have been served so far everything was really arranged with a good sense of style and love to details. Some of the courses almost looked Asian, which was quite unusual.
The baked egg plant with cheese was really good, so was the pork main course. But the absolute hightlight was the chocolate cake, very rich in taste! And to our big surprise everything was unusually inexpensive for the area. No main course was over 13 EUR. I’ll definately dine here again soon and will probably try out the duck. We also heard they have an amazing Paella for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy our impressions and the details after the jump!
I’ve been hearing lots of good things about the Mogg & Melzer deli at the former Jewish girls school at Auguststraße since it opened and always wanted to check it out. Last night I finally made that happen. Even though this place is probably mostly frequented for breakfast and lunch by all the agency folks in its Mitte neighborhood I actually went there for dinner. As it’s a deli they mostly offers simple dishes like sandwiches, salades, soups and platters. But if you are looking for a light meal, this also works quite well in the evening. On a quest for a low-carb experience me and my friend both opted for two different variations of goat cheese salade with a side of Pastrami. Both were really delicious and starting at 6 EUR not even that expensive. I also couldn’t resist to try out the NY cheesecake and I was stunned as it’s the best one I’ve had here in Berlin for a long time. We were also a fan of the wines they offered - and that comes from someone who normally doesn’t drink wine. On top of that the service was really good and super charming. You should definately check this out if you can! More after the jump.
We’ve been following the pop-up restaurant Pret A Diner now for a few years already. They have been opening up in Berlin during Berlin Fashion Week for the last couple of seasons, but also had pop-ups in other cities all over the world. I always liked their interesting set-ups and creative menues, but I must say, this time, they have out-done themselves. The location, the old Opera workshop at Zinnowitzer Str. in Mitte is absolutely stunning and the set-up is especially nice this time. They teamed up with Circle Culture Gallery who have a very good urban and contemporary art exhibition going on there. They also have cute little thrift-store-esque shop that features items from all the places in the world they have opened up in. It’s really charming.
And now to the food. Wow! They offer a 3 course menue for 55 EUR with lots of options. They seperate courses start are 15-20 EUR which is really fair considering the style and quality of the dishes. The US filet steak is the best steak I had in Berlin so far, it’s so good you will be out of words. I also enjoyed the ox cheeks and the cod, they are amazing (and I normally don’t eat fish!). The best dessert is the “Zimtblüte”, at the opening I ate like 4 of them, so good.
In addition to the amazing location, exhibition, shop and food they also offer an entertainment program with live music on Thursdays and special events and parties on the weekend. Next week they will host the 1st anniversary of the Berlin Film Society with a special screening and dinner. More on that in our eventguide.
If you like good food and want to enjoy it in a very unique and impressive set-up you should definately make a reservation at the current edition of Pret A Diner. You will love it! It’s still going on until the end of Febuary. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
On Saturday the guys who ran HBC opened their new amazing space +-0 in the old Postbahnhof (which is right next to the new Postbahnhof at Ostbahnhof) in Friedrichshain. The space is huge and amazing and it was a massive event. So curious what is going to happen here for the next 3 months of its official running time (it’s only temporary). Just like the old HBC it is home to a club, restaurant and gallery space, but way bigger. Have a look at the impressions of the opening including my GIF installation “Dance, Monster!” after the jump on 2 pages.
Whenever I see some new business setting itself up in my neighborhood I think: pleeease let it be something practical for me and of good quality. So once I noticed a group of young people starting to fiddle around the empty shop a few doors down from my house at Brunnenstraße I was all too curious of what they would be working on. In an almost stalkerish manner I pressed my nose against the glass window when they weren’t looking – excited that it would not be another agency office or gallery but definately something to eat.
A week ago it finally opened and I must say, I’m very pleased. Joris a.k.a. Jonas and Flori sell freshly made salads, soups and baked potatoes, as well as coffee and freshly pressed juices made of local ingredients and lots of love. The soups, sauces and the big selection of toppings are always changing depending on what’s in season at the moment so you can always expect something new when you come here in your lunchbreak or after work. For the early birds you might be lucky to grab one of their freshly baked muffins. So far I’ve tried a soup and a baked potatoe with bolognese and goat cheese and I really enjoyed both – very natural and pure in taste, no fancy experiments, but real food. I’ll definately be here more often! Get a preview of the place and the details after the jump.
While I was gone it seems the city has already regenerated itself in some ways, closing a bunch of places and opening new ones somewhere else. You never get bored and it never stops to entertain you with new things.
One of Berlin’s new pearls is the restaurant Katz Orange. I went there on the first night after the return from my trip and what a great choice it turned out to be to welcome me back! The restaurant is located in a stunning old villa in a backyard of Bergstraße in Mitte. The barnyard-meets-vintage-factory interior is perfectly cosy and interesting to observe and there are a lot of charming details to keep you occupied while waiting for your meals to arrive such as the beautiful mixed-up vintage silverware. From the menue we tried out the venison burger, the beef tar tar and the petit fours, all of which were absolutely delicious. Have a look after the jump for some impressions of the place and the food, as well as the details.
photo: Katja Hentschel
Some things are so highly anticipated that the excitement has already vanished by the time it finally arrives. That was also the case for Kater Holzig which is one of the new kids from the Bar 25 staff. When it was finally opening I wasn’t as excited as I thought I would be. But when I finally entered I realized that the long waiting paid off. The new terrain of pleasure looks amazing! I already have fantasies of how it will be when the initial hype is over and the fun stuff will beginn. So far I only had the chance to check out their Katerschmaus. After the jump you’ll find my review of the Kater Holzig restaurant.
The unusual name of this restaurant based in the South of Kreuzberg roughly translates to “girl without highschool degree”. What does that have to do with anything, you might wonder! Nothing really, but it surely is a name you won’t forget so easily. Stepping into this place reminded me a bit of the appartment of our friend Julia who is a big fan of the color red, black and white Audrey Hepburn photos and kitchy little vintage goodies.
The food on the other hand is not kitchy at all. Here you will find traditional German dishes such as Königsberger Klopse and fried liver with apple and onions, mixed with a few international dishes. What I was most delighted with was the Laugengebäck that we got as a starter. The best starter bread I ever had. For some impressions of the restaurant and the food look after the jump.