Cocolo Ramen in Mitte is Berlin’s uncontested ramen champion serving a couple of varieties of the Japanese noodle soup. The immensely popular restaurant nowadays has one shop in Mitte and one in Kreuzberg and they are both temples of ramen worship.
Th original restaurant in Mitte is something of a mandatory stop for every Berliner with a food interest. Located in a quiet part of Mitte between Hackescher Markt and Oranienburger Tor, this place has been serving some of the city’s best noodle soups for a couple of years now. At first the restaurant can be a bit hard to spot and it’s easier to spot its neighbour and sister restaurant Kushi. But if you look a bit closer you will see another, smaller restaurant on the left side. The venue is very cosy and always packed with people and you can in real-time watch the Japanese chefs cook up your ramen noodles behind the counter.
My favourites are the Tonkotsu with pork belly and chashu and the Shio with chicken and katsuobushi
The menu is small and you can choose between 5-6 different starters or snacks and then between about the same amount of Ramen soups. Cocolo specializes in pork broth ramen and every dish is based on that broth. My favourites are the Tonkotsu with pork belly and chashu and the Shio with pork and katsuobushi, both outstanding ramen soups. They noodles at Cocolo are homemade using egg and have a little bite to them, which really makes them into the perfect vehicle for the soup. The pork is prepared properly Japanese and is just very smooth and soft. The same thing applies to the other ingredients, all of it is prepared with a lot of care and knowledge.
I’ve had lots of ramen in Japan and New York and Cocolo absolutely stands its ground in the light of international competition
Cocolo is a great place for a tasty soup and a unique restaurant in Berlin as it’s hard to get a hold of a decent bowl of ramen in the city. You can’t reserve a table at the Mitte shop, it’s a proper ramen shop and they only cater to walk-in customers. This means that you will have to wait for a table sometimes. They don’t turn tables like Monsieur Vuong or Si An and that’s why I sometimes don’t go to this venue since I can’t be bothered to wait for a table, especially in the winter when they only have the tiny inside area. Nowadays you can go to the much larger venue in Kreuzberg though where you also can reserve tables and which also has a massive outdoor area by the canal. I’ve had lots of ramen in Japan and New York and Cocolo absolutely stands its ground in the light of international competition, nothing crazy outstanding but really just a very good bowl of Tonkotsu ramen.