Café Pförtner in Wedding has in its second season proved that’s it’s one of the best restaurants in Wedding. Visit for lovely Italo-inspired food with tons of international flavours in a very charming location.
Café Pförtner is located in an unassuming corner of Wedding, right next to the small canal Panke that stretches through the district. The restaurant opened in late 2013 and became a true Geheimtip during the summer of 2014 when people from the area and the nearby studios started coming around. After the successful summer Café Pförtner took a break during the winter but is now back, better than ever. In what used to be the gatekeepers house of a former BVG repair shop, you can nowadays enjoy some of the finest grub in Wedding. The place is like a small labyrinth with a pretty small indoor area and two large outdoor areas, in the front and in the back. What the venue might lack in sophistication it sure makes up with a lot of charm. And a bus. Yes, the masterpiece of the Café Pförtner location is an old BVG bus from the 70’s that has been remodelled into one of the coolest dining rooms in Berlin. So if eating a nice candlelight dinner in a bus is on your bucket list, this is your chance.
Starters include simple and delicious items like a burrata
Before you board the bus you’re going to have to order your food at the bar. The food concept at Café Pförtner started out as a simplistic Italian kitchen with lovely pastas but has for this season changed into a finer dining concept, utilizing many different styles. All in all there are around 6-8 things on the small menu, which changes on a weekly basis. Starters include simple and delicious items like a burrata or a cold beetroot gazpacho and there is usually also a lovely salad on the menu. It’s really for the mains that the whole business becomes more sophisticated. Take the pork belly I had last time, slow cooked to a buttery consistency and browned off before serving it to me with some lovely chard. Beautiful, simple and fantastic. Sometimes the chef operates on the border of too funky, like the Kobia sashimi with melon and sour beets I had once, a dish where the lovely fish was overpowered by the beet sauce in a slightly weird way. For every bad dish I’ve had two great ones at Café Pförtner though and I really enjoy the experimental path the kitchen has taken. Be advised that the portions can be very small, especially for the main courses.
Café Pförtner is one of the most interesting dining destinations in Wedding
While you enjoy your food you can enjoy a fine selection of beer, where the highlights include local Schoppe beer from the tap and several fine, bottled craft beers. Or why not enjoy some lovely Italian wine from their selection of bottles.
Café Pförtner is one of the most interesting dining destinations in Wedding and a great example of how this district is developing. It’s unique location and vibe make this place special and while the food concept might not be fully done yet, there are glimpses of genius in some dishes. I hope that this place stays open for the winter this season and that the kitchen develops a couple of more steps while also turning back down complexity a couple of notches.