Berlin foodies, have your say!

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I'm coming to Berlin soon to visit my BIL, generally hang out, and, more importantly, go to the kind of restaurants you just don't find down this way.

 

So, any suggestions? I like everything, as long as it's good. If it's great value, even better.

 

A few possible categories:

Best pizza joint? (I mean pizza like you get in Italy.)

Best Asian?

Best new kid on the block?

Best anything else?

etc.

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Firstly, you might want to consider mentioning where in Berlin you will be, it's pointless somebody telling you about a fantastic restaurant in Reinickendorf when you will be staying in Marzahn, Berlin is not small.

 

Secondly, you might be disappointed to find that we have in general exactly the same restaurants as you do down in Karlsruhe.

A brief run down;

The Italian's are run by the German's

The Chinese Restaurant's are run by the Vietnamese.

The Thai restaurant's, not all but most are also run by the Vietnamese.

There's more Indian restaurant's than Indian's so god knows whose running those.

Any other restaurants that I've missed off are normally run by anyone who think's they can  cook.

 

If you want a half decent steak there's always Blockhouse but that's not cheap, a Steak with a couple of drinks will put you over €30.00 per person.

 

All I'm trying to say is don't expect too much, in over 20 years here I still struggle to find anything good and those that were have mostly closed.

 

Or you will have to be prepared to travel as the good restaurants are dotted all over Berlin and are few and far between. We don't really have any one area where everything is located.

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Sir Percy B is not wrong in general, but there are some notable exceptions.

 

The best pizza I've had in Germany is served by Dal Buongustaio on Windscheidstrasse - owned and run by Italians. I heartily recommend the Pizza Montagna (with cured ham). Well worth the trip to Charlottenburg - easily accessible via U7 and all the central S-Bahn lines. Reservation recommended.

 

I've heard Berlin's best Chinese is Ming Dynastie on Jannowitzbrücke, right across the street from the Chinese embassy, but I've only been there once, years ago, for a dim sum breakfast. I'm also very fond of Good Friends on Kantstrasse, which many say is Berlin's most authentic Chinese (at least that's what our downstairs Chinese neighbors tell me).


Berlin's best burger (IMO) is The Bird on Falkplatz (S-Bahn Schönhauser Allee). Sit at the bar for 2-for-1 beers during Angry Hour (until 8 pm), if that's your style, or enjoy your giant burger and plate full of fries at a table. Reservation essential.

 

If you're planning to check out the Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss), the döner place on Sophie-Charlotte-Platz is my favorite in Berlin.

 

Last but not least, you can get wickedly awesome burritos with beef, chicken, or tofu (along with quesadillas, bowls, and other Tex-Mex snacks) at Berlin Burrito Company, also on Kantstrasse. They also have locations in Mitte and Schöneberg. This one is self-service.

 

P.S. I don't consider myself a "foodie", so YMMV

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For Japanese food you can go to Ishin, and I recommend you to try a Cey-Ro, it is steamed rice in a steaming basket with fish and a few other things.  And their tea is for free and you can top it up with more water a couple of times at no cost.  So you can have a decent meal for 6 or 7 EUR.

 

http://www.ishin.de/

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Go to Sonnenallee in Kreuzkoelln for Turkish and Syrian food. It's a must in Berlin, at least for me. Also great Baklava bakers there. 

 

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1 hour ago, Krieg said:

For Japanese food you can go to Ishin, and I recommend you to try a Cey-Ro, it is steamed rice in a steaming basket with fish and a few other things.  And their tea is for free and you can top it up with more water a couple of times at no cost.  So you can have a decent meal for 6 or 7 EUR.

 

http://www.ishin.de/

I have to second that. In my almost 9 years in Berlin, I’ve never ordered anything other than Sake Cey-Ro. It’s like comfort food. The best locations are near Checkpoint Charlie and Zoologischer Garten. The one near Friedrichstraße has a Mensa like feel that I don’t particularly like.

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For Sushi I'm still a great fan of Sachiko just off of Sauvigny Platz, if you can get a place at the bar then it's great to just sit there and pick the dishes at random as they move along past you on little wooden boats on a makeshift sort of river, it's not cheap though but Japanese never is if it's good.

 

@El Jeffo you forgot to mention your go to Indian, Masala :blink:

 

One suggestion I would make is head over to Markthalle Neun on a Thursday when it's street food day, a lot of the up and coming Chefs promote their ideas there before moving on to open their own restaurants. Quite diverse, busy but a great atmosphere and lots of English speaking people there.

 

Although I find this a bit repetitive now if you're here in the Summer there's always Preussen Park by Fehrberliner Platz where Thai families come together to cook their own stuff to sell. Ranging from all things curries to Thai noodle dishes along with deserts you just take a stroll through the park and look amongst all the Thai prepping their fare.

Just be warned that this is not for the light hearted, when they ask you if you want it hot then they mean hot not what the German's call hot.:unsure:

 

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ok I admit I have not visited Berlin in a long time, but when I was spending some time there:

 

the "food court" (that is a gross under-estimation) at KaDeWe is insane.  The bouillabaise place is a must any time I visit.

 

cake (or cafe food/brekkie) at anna blume  http://www.cafe-anna-blume.de/

 

russian place which had an OUTSTANDING brunch, but is good overall: http://www.restaurant-pasternak.de

 

this place also had a decent brunch, can't vouch for the rest, but the ambience is just fab:  https://www.freischwimmer-berlin.com/

 

I never found any sushi in Berlin I wanted anywhere near my mouth (glad to see there are some recs :) ).  I tried for vietnamese a couple times but most were not very good to downright terrible (how can you make vietnamese food taste bad?!). There was a sit down vietnamese place just off Schönhauser Allee en route to Pankow that was actually good, but I can't find it now.  I would not (personally) go for asian food in Berlin unless it was in a pinch or I had a rec.

 

I found a lot of good middle eastern food in Berlin.  Especially lebanese and afghani. Unfortunately I can't offer names :/  Strangely, it did seem Mexican was a better bet in Berlin, even several years ago, than it is in Munich even to this day.  I can't vouch for the ones I'm seeing listed now, but it might be worth a try.

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Great stuff everybody! Plenty of food for thought here ;-)

 

Looks like just doing my due diligence will keep my busy for a while!

 

Oh, @Sir Percy B, no worries, as they say, "Have U-Bahn, Will Travel".

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Forget about all this fancy and exotic food. You haven't been to Berlin if you hadn't had a Currywurst mit Pommes 🤗.

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I agree that the Bird is the best burger in Berlin.

For Italian pizza, go to Zola on Paul-Lincke-Ufer. 

For Vietnamese I'd recommend Dong Do on Eberswalder Str, :)

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1 hour ago, Krieg said:

If you like fish you can try this Turkish fish restaurant, it is one of my favorites in the city:

 

https://fischbude.metro.rest/?lang=en

 

It is not cheap and the place is a bit unusual, but I think the food is great.

 

Ergüns used to be great back in the day, but unfortunately their quality has really dropped off. Maybe a new owner.

 

Our go to Turkish fish restaurant is Atlantik, two locations in Schöneberg (Innsbrucker Platz & Potsdamer Strasse). Always dependable, friendly service too.

 

https://www.atlantik-fischrestaurant.de

 

 

 

 

 

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Engelbecken on Witzlebenstrasse is excellent. I can also recommend Austria on Bergmannstrasse in Kreuzberg.

 

They're both Alpine themed, so essentially Bavarian.

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4 hours ago, evildudette said:

I agree that the Bird is the best burger in Berlin.

For Italian pizza, go to Zola on Paul-Lincke-Ufer. 

For Vietnamese I'd recommend Dong Do on Eberswalder Str, :)

 

These two look to be just my thing - thanks!

 

3 hours ago, john_b said:

 

Ergüns used to be great back in the day, but unfortunately their quality has really dropped off. Maybe a new owner.

 

Our go to Turkish fish restaurant is Atlantik, two locations in Schöneberg (Innsbrucker Platz & Potsdamer Strasse). Always dependable, friendly service too.

 

https://www.atlantik-fischrestaurant.de

 

 

 

Will check this out! Looks like a friend's restaurant in Melbourne. (Turkish guy who came with nothing - possibly even as a refugee - to Australia and made his fortune in the restaurant game.)

 

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5 hours ago, Aussiedog said:

Will check this out! Looks like a friend's restaurant in Melbourne. (Turkish guy who came with nothing - possibly even as a refugee - to Australia and made his fortune in the restaurant game.)

 

I think you'll like it. Head for the larger restaurant next to Innsbrucker Platz, it really sometimes feels like it's in Istanbul, often has live music. 

 

If you like Ramen, check out Cocolo which has restaurants in Kreuzberg (Paul-Lincke-Ufer) & Mitte. Very popular at lunchtime. http://kuchi.de/restaurant/cocolo-x-berg/

 

Traditional German - Max & Moritz on Oranienstrasse in Kreuzberg. Opened in 1902, original decor. http://www.maxundmoritzberlin.de

 

German/European bistro in Charlottenburg - Jules Verne, Schlüterstraße 61 (S Bahn Savignyplatz). Closed Mondays. http://jules-verne-berlin.de/en/

 

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7 hours ago, john_b said:

German/European bistro in Charlottenburg - Jules Verne, Schlüterstraße 61 (S Bahn Savignyplatz). Closed Mondays. http://jules-verne-berlin.de/en/

 

 

Jules Verne has a brunch on Saturdays and Sundays and it is great.  

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