Eating in Berlin

9 Oct

Every time I visit Germany, my friends tell me to eat lots of schnitzel or wurst or sauerkraut. But the truth is, I rarely eat any of those things during my trips. Sure I’ve had amazing schnitzel and delicious currywurst, but not as often as you’d think.

This trip was no different. We dined out at some awesome restaurants (none of them with German cuisine), and I’m already drooling thinking about all the amazing food we ate. The one thing we did keep traditional was breakfast.

A traditional German breakfast consists of a fresh loaf of bread from the local bakery (sometimes croissants and rolls as well), jams, cold cuts and sometimes cheese. The bread is served with butter as a base spread and then a choice of jam, honey or cold cuts for toppings. It’s not a breakfast I was used to, but one I’ve come to love.

And now for the great restaurants in Berlin (in no particular order):

Monsieur Vuong – I seriously heart this restaurant. It’s usually crowded and with good reason – they serve the best Vietnamese food on the planet. The day we ate there it was cold outside, and the fresh chicken soup with rice noodles was exactly what I needed. We also tried the spring rolls, which were beyond good. Another bonus: the menu is in English.

Burgermeister – I didn’t expect to find a good burger in Germany, but I was wrong. A fun place to eat, Burgermeister is located under an S-Bahn track in a former public toilet. What you miss in the comfort of a restaurant, you make up for in a super tasty burger. Yes, you have to stand and eat, but the burger was worth it, and the chili-cheese fries were killer.

Transit – This restaurant is cool because even though it was just Sebastian and me, I could definitely see going there with a large group of friends. The menu offers Thai and Indonesian food served in small bowls (3 euros each) with side orders of rice and noodles (1 euro). The meal was extremely affordable (and delicious), and the dishes have fun names. We tried My Favorite Duck, Crunchy Strips, Smokey Sate, Crispy Pockets and Almost Nude. They also offer the menu in English.

East London – We went here for breakfast one morning, and it did not disappoint. The restaurant’s concept is serving good British food in Berlin – pretty cool. Sebastian had the “Full Monty” and I tried some awesome homemade pancakes. And I have to mention their cappuccino, since it was one of the best I’ve ever had. We’ll definitely be going back next time I visit.

City Chicken – Good God, we ate so much food here it was unreal. And the price was unreal. I think for about 6 euros, you get a half a roasted chicken, salad, french fries, humus, garlic sauce and pita bread. The place has more of a fast food vibe, but the atmosphere didn’t even matter. The food was crazy good.

I don’t have pictures for the last joint, but I have to mention Chapel Bar. For months I’ve heard Sebastian talk about Chapel and this supposedly amazing drink they serve called the Basil Lime Smash. We went there after a concert Friday night and he was right – the drink was amazing and refreshing and delicious. I could seriously go for one right now.

If you’re ever in Berlin, I hope you’ll check out some of these awesome restaurants. And if you feel like it, maybe eat some schnitzel, too!

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5 Responses to “Eating in Berlin”

  1. mamacormier 10/09/2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I have a friend who is heading for Berlin in the next week. I’m going to forward this post to her. I love German breakfasts as well. When I worked in Germany many years ago breakfast always consisted of freshly baked broetchen with jam, and or meat. Great post.

    • The Wild Child 10/09/2012 at 9:33 pm #

      German breakfasts are awesome. It’s always weird adjusting back to my typical breakfast (which is usually a smoothie or granola bar on the go!). I hope your friend enjoys her time in Berlin and its amazing restaurants!

  2. Uncle Bob 10/10/2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I mostly remember how good the Dairy products and rich pastries when I was there (55 years ago!!) Thanks for sharing – Uncle Bob

    • The Wild Child 10/12/2012 at 3:02 pm #

      The rich pastries still exist, and they’re still delicious!

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