Forget the recently announced World’s 50 Best Restaurants (yawn) and Jay Rayner’s hilarious gutting of Paris fine dining temple Le Cinq. Berlin is officially where it’s at. There are loads of great new restaurants opening, and I also sent Heinz Horrmann on vacation whilst I took over his Friday restaurant column on Spreeradio (listen to it here). The big news though is that in May I’m co-hosting Terroir Berlin – Berlin’s first world class Chef’s Symposium, where international food heroes in the likes of Ana Ros from Chef’s Table and Matt Orlando from Copenhagen, will join Berlin’s most exciting chefs at the Terroir Forum, and cook for you at the once-in-a-lifetime-only Terroir Dinner. Tickets for both events have just gone on sale and are selling fast – get yours before they’re gone!
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Tasty news for south Berliners; Kanaan will be opening a new outpost in Kreuzberg’s Birgit & Bier complex on April 18th. Their new spot will focus on 24/7 falafel action which come in five different flavours from all over the world, as well as a dessert menu from the Kanaan Bakery.
These guys are filling the fish-shaped cravings we were left with when the glorious Glut & Späne sadly departed Markthalle Neun.
In a bid to step up its culinary reputation, Hotel Adlon has just opened two new dining joints. First there’s the Sra Bua Izakaya which serves Tim Raue-inspired, pan-Asian cuisine in bar snack form. Alongside it comes The India Club, a fancy Indian restaurant headed up by Manish Bahukhandi who makes the gutsy promise to make decent Indian food (especially Northern Indian) an actual thing in Berlin.
Google’s new campus for tech wizards will open on Paul-Linke-Ufer this Autumn and word on the street is the Industry Standard crew will be running the restaurant, serving their version of brain food to this city’s smartest minds.
Spring means a fresh start for two of our city’s most creative head chefs. Cordobar‘s Lukas Mraz and The Michelberger‘s Alan Micks are both leaving their current positions for new adventures. I’ll keep you posted where they both head next.
This part restaurant, part winebar has adopted two new sommeliers in the form of Pascal Kunert (formerly Reinstoff) and Manu Rosier (formerly Cordobar). Expect tipples to match the new talents…
I’m beyond proud to be co-hosting Berlin’s first international Chef’s Symposium – bringing some of the planet’s finest chefs including Ana Ros, Matt Orlando and Mark Best to Berlin! We’ll pair them up with local restaurant heroes including Micha Schäfer, Victoria Eliasdottir and Marco Müller and you’ll be able to taste the fruits of our efforts during the Terroir Berlin Forum on Monday 15th May, and the Terroir Berlin Dinner on Tuesday May 16th. GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
If you’ve seen me in action before I eat you’ll know I take a million and one pictures and videos to share the love. One app I’m loving for this right now is Pepo – an app where followers have loads of interaction with channel posts, allowing lots of conversations about the best Berlin food spots to flow. Live Q&A’s also mean I can answer questions about insider tips, favourite joints, killer dishes etc, whilst still eating dinner at the same time. Check out the app and join me on the Berlin Food Stories Pepo channel.