Sunday, 15 November 2015

Foodie in Berlin

Ev and I visited Berlin at the end of October. We had been meaning to visit the City for so long having loved Munich last year! And Berlin did not disappoint....and surprisingly (I kid, I kid!) food became the focus of our entire trip. The restaurant scene is sooo good in Berlin- totally affordable and a total international affair- you literally have every type of cuisine on your door step!

A lot of the restaurants we went to were in our local neighbourhood and were in walking distance of our beautiful 1920's esque hotel- HOTEL AM STEINPLATZ (I could write a post solely on the decor in this hotel- it was magnificent!).
Here are SOME of the gems we found;

- Turkish Market Maybachufer (v.V. reasonable)- 10999 Berlin, German 
So the Turkish Market is located along a canal and had all your standard fruit and veg stalls, nicknacks and middle eastern tokens (there is a HUGE Turkish community in Berlin!)- but also has some of the yummiest food stalls. We stopped at one of the busier stalls and picked a selection of treats- filo pastry filled with spinach and cheese,cauliflower patties and flatbreads. We had baklava and tea and coffee and we also stopped at a juice stall and picked up pomegranate juice- I have only had the fruit as a whole, but having been craving this juice now since I have tried it- it was soon good!

- Mar y Sol (mid price/Spanish Tapas) - Savignyplatz 5, 10623 Berlin, Germany

Based in the Savignyplatz area- We actually went twice to the restaurant because we enjoyed it so much. We stuck to the tapas menu because generally we like to try a bit of everything rather then be stuck to one plate! The mixed olives, the goats cheese and figs, the Serrano ham plate and spinach croquettes are highly recommended! If you go at the weekend- be prepared to wait if you don't book! The restaurant is huge, yet it was packed!

- Buddha Republic (mid price/Indian) - Knesebeckstr. 88, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Wow that tandoori dishes here were soon good! I love Indian food (yes I'm a proper Brit!) and we are short on Indian restaurants in Ireland so was delighted when we found this gem! We shared the mixed plate- which wasn't your standard pile of fried battered spice nothingness but a lovely tangy salad, creamy yoghurt, spiced prawns and vegetable bahji. I went for the tandoori chicken in a buttered coriander sauce and Ev went for Tandoori tiger prawns- both meats came out the traditional stick and we mopped up the whole meal with naan and pilau rice. Safe to say, I needed to be rolled into bed that night!

- Bier Kudamm 195- Currywurst and Champagne
Yep, you read that right! Saucies and bubbles- an unlikely combination but after reading about this famous please and partial to a glass of bubbly (hey my blog has brut in the title after all!) we had to try it! We were super skeptical but this place HAS to be tried- yolo and all that....

- Enoteca L'Angolino (v.reasonable/Italian) - Knesebeckstr. 92, 10623 Berlin, Germany
We went here for lunch and both chose the lunch menu of the day- which was a starters, main and an espresso for €12. First of all, I loved the fact that they wrote espresso instead of coffee as the third part of the meal, because it should only ever be an espresso that is drunk as a coffee after a dinner! We went for the salad and soup and both chose the seafood pasta that was done al dente to perfection and not in an over bearing creamy tomato sauce- it was perfect! We wanted to go back for dinner on our final night but it was closed (Sunday seemed to be very quiet generally in then whole of Berlin!).

-  Lon Men's Noodle House (v.V.reasonable/Asian-Taiwanese) - 33 Kantstrasse, Berlin, Germany 
We stumbled upon this gem on our first day in Berlin- where we were just starving and wanted a quick lunch. This place pretty much kick-started our entire food coma! The place is a tiny, family run restaurant- think communal tables/lack of decor/awesome smells! and we had the most amazing noodles/dim sum and tiny plates of deliciousness! Totally recommend this place in area that is FULL of Asian restaurants and soo CHEAP!

- Eiffel (high price/French gourmet) - Kurfurstendamm 105 | Kurf├╝rstendamm 105, 10711Berlin, Germany
This was our Anniversary dinner meal and the only place we actually booked- everything else were walk in's! The price was a bit more upmarket, but it was well worth the price. I had scallops for starters and tuna and wasabi mash for my main, Ev had tuna tartare for starters and veal for his main. Perfect place for an intimate dinner and a treat!

Absolutely marvin right now after writing this post! Happy Sunday!

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