Berlin Food Digest #3

Michelin Stars and bone broth

Dec 1st, 2015

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the third edition of the Berlin Food Digest! Signup here to receive the Berlin Food Digest in your inbox every month, stuffed full of the hottest food news, events, gossip, jobs and new openings.

It’s been three weeks since the last digest and it’s been a couple of exciting weeks for food Berlin. While I was in Colombia the new Michelin Guide for Germany was released and Berlin truly came out on top this year by not only having a second star awarded to Horvath, but also getting a staggering amount of five new one-star restaurants, among those BFS favourites like Nobelhart & Schmutzig and Bandol Sur Mer.

The last weeks have been packed with fantastic food and wine events and the quality of these events along with the high amount of Michelin stars awarded shows that the Berlin food scene is heading towards exciting times. For everyone who has read the famous food novel “Heat” by Bill Buford it was amazing to see Dario Cecchini live in action at the Markhalle Neun and to taste the beautiful produce from his butcher shop in Italy. At the first edition of the Berlin Le Paulée, a French wine harvest event, over 50 french wine makers made their way to Berlin to showcase their finest bottles. Even more spectacular was the RAW Berlin, the very first Berlin natural wine fair that attracted thousands of food and wine people from all over the world to the Markthalle Neun on a Sunday.

Several stories made it on the blog, first up was the tale of the the Turkish sushi master Gingi and his lovely restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, after that what might be the last chance to visit Smart Deli, one of greatest Japanese delis in Berlin. Last, but not least, I wrote an overdue hommage to Big Stuff BBQ in Kreuzberg and simply one of the best restaurants we have in Berlin.

Last Thursday also marked the first edition of the Kantine Hijack, an epic collaboration between Kavita Meelu from Street Food Thursday and myself where we are teaming up to let some of our favourite Berlin restaurants take over the Kantine Neun during Berlin’s most famous street food market. First up was The Store Kitchen and their crazy tasty croquettes, Sichuan beef noodles and sourdough waffles put smiles on countless faces around the Markthalle. This week we have the guys from Industry Standard take over the Kantine to make pheasant tacos and we’re pretty damn excited!

Finally I have for all you Berlin restaurant owners: Are you planning special menus for Christmas and New Year’s Eve? Then please send them to me at info(at)berlinfoodstories.com!

EVENTS

The fifth edition of the FEC Tuesday is on December 15th and the topic is restaurant failures and how to deal with it. With speakers Christian Lohse, Telse Bus and Michael Rosenfeld.

At the EatItalian food week some of the best Italian restaurants in Berlin will offer an exclusive three-course menu with a glass of wine for the moderate price of 20€. From Nov 30th to Dec 6th.

The Green Market is a vegan lifestyle market that’s reclaiming the Neue Heimat venue on Dec 12th and 13th.

REVISITED

I don’t live in Kreuzberg near Cocolo Ramen and that’s why I have to satisfy my lunch Ramen cravings somewhere else. Like at Marubi on Kollwitzstraße. There is really only one thing you should eat here, and that’s the Gyoza and Chashu Ramen combo. Totally ok though, because that’s one tasty combo.

Turns out that French bistro 3 Minutes Sur Mer  serves a pretty tasty breakfast on weekends. Quality is not amazing, but then again, there is so much you can do wrong with a proper Croque Madame.

Finally go around to testing the new food delivery service Eating with the Chefs, the service where you can order semi pre-cooked dishes from high end restaurants in Berlin (e.g. Richard, Glass etc.). After 23 piping bags and 45 mins we had a pretty good meal and if you’ve always dreamt of plating fancy food, then this is the service for you.

OPENING

Are you into sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls? Then the new bakery Bread Station on Maybachufer might be the thing for you, it’s the first Berlin branch of a Copenhagen bakery with the same name. I can tell you that their killer cinnamon rolls sell out every day and that they are very tasty, I had one of their whole wheat breads at home last week and it made my life a LOT more meaningful.

Remember I wrote about the opening of the restaurant Ross in the last issue of the digest? Well, I managed to drop by and test it and I had a pretty good dinner. The venue is pretty slick and the staff very friendly. Bit concerned though that the food is a bit too boring, despite their massive efforts the Ross crew is playing it too safe. Finer dining in 2016 in Berlin needs to offer more.

If you’re more into wild things, then the newly opened restaurant Hirsch & Eber on Kollwitzstraße might be just be the thing for you. The crew formerly known from the street food markets have opened up a shop where they serve wild boar burgers.

Bonafide is the talk of food town and the first place to take the New York bone broth trend to Berlin. Warm your body with a cup of steaming broth from the eatery that’s operating out of the Eismanufaktur venue in Neukölln.

Goldhahn & Sampson, my favourite food speciality store in Berlin and the safe place for any Berlin food nerd, has opened its second venue in Wilmersdorf, just South off the S-Bahn station Charlottenburg. I got to check out the facilities during the pre-opening and I can tell you the place is pretty spectacular. Drop by if you’re in the area to check out their wide offering of cooking courses, cook books, spices, teas, cheeses…

If you ever do find yourself stranded in Rummelsburg (for whatever reason), there is actually a place to get some pretty great food. The newly opened Milchhalle inside the Funkhaus is operated by the crew from Schneeweiß and I had a properly good Schnitzel there.

On the topic of lunch, another area not to crowded with lunch options is the Arena area and that’s why the iconic eatery White Trash Fast Food is introducing their business lunch with burgers, chili con carne and a massive salad buffet.

One of my great guilty pleasures is Polish food and despite the proximity to the Polish border it’s surprisingly hard to find Polish restaurants in Berlin. The newly opened deli Tak Tak on Brunnenstraße wants to change that but on a first visit I’m wondering if the other Polish deli up the same street hasn’t been serving better Polish food all along, without being all hipster and calling themselves street food.

GOSSIP

Tim Raue’s empire is ever expanding and his next step seems to be to open up a new French brasserie called “Colette” in an retirement home in Charlottenburg.

Cocolo, the undisputed champion of Berlin ramen, might just be planning a new restaurant. And it’s not a ramen place. Be excited.

A part of the former Industry Standard crew is looking to open up a new restaurant and this one I’m pretty excited about.

CLOSING

The pretty tasty health eatery Organic Glamour has mysteriously closed its doors of its shop in Northern Mitte and nobody really knows why.

 

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Eggs Benedict at 3 Minutes Sur Mer
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Testing Eating with the Chefs
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Goldhahn & Sampson’s new shop
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KaDeWe-Berlin-Christmas-feeling
Lode and Stijn cooking at Kumpel & Keule
Lode and Stijn cooking at Kumpel & Keule
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RAW 2015 at Markthalle Neun
Ross-Berlin-Dinner
Dinner at Ross
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Kantine Hijack by The Store Kitchen
Official opening at Kumpel & Keule
Official opening at Kumpel & Keule
Le Paulée at Grill Royal
Le Paulée at Grill Royal
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Dinner at the Dario Cecchini event
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Dario Cecchini telling tales of quality meat
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The Michelin Guide for Berlin and Germany
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Bread at The Bread Station
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