Berlin Food Digest #22

that Kotti-kebab-wine issue

Oct 14th, 2017

Dear Reader,
Amen! We’re officially sliding into noodle soup and winter food season. Which is exactly what we all need to cope with news that Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf has decided to poke its nose into the legality of our beloved Thai Park, a story of which the outcome still is entirely unclear. In other news: We’ve launched Best Food Event Mondays over on Facebook – celebrating Berlin’s best food events every week, and we’ll release the full and untold video of an epic Kotti-Döner-Wine tasting with Billy Wagner, on the blog later today. Finally, Kate wrote about five of Berlin’s Hottest New Tables to give you a reason to leave the house this autumn. You’re welcome.

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To the bone Berlin opening

To the Bone
So new the paintwork has barely dried, To the Bone is a very plush Italian steakhouse on Torstrasse (brought to you by the guys behind To Beef or not To Beef), serving some prime cuts of beef from legendary butchers such as Dario Cecchini. My first two visits were quite promising, definitely one to watch.

“Make orders, not borders” is the tagline of this new café, gallery and co-working space on Oranienburger Straße dedicated to supporting refugees and cultural exchange. The service team unites German, Italian, Syrian, Iraqi, Kurdish and Palestinian heritages, and the buzzing mix of Middle Eastern dishes is very honest and tasty.

Restaurant Oderberger
Located within the former thermal-power station of the Oderberger baths, this snazzy-looking, spacious new restaurant serves regionally-sourced, fine cuisine alongside selected German wines.

The hotel on Oranienplatz by the Schloss Elmau group also has a plush-looking new fine-dining restaurant overseen by Philipp Vogel – former head chef at the Michelin starred Restaurant Edvard in Vienna. Promising opening.

A proper gastropub with Sunday roasts and natural wines is exactly what Berlin needs. The menu at this new joint Graefestraße is still a bit hit and miss, but the place is positively brimming with potential and I can’t wait to return.


This (currently closed) Mitte wine bar will soon re-open out West under a new name. From the looks of it, there’s also a brand new restaurant opening in its former home on Elisabethkirchstr.

Berliner Meisterköche 
Sebastian Frank from Horváth is the very worthy winner of this year’s ‘Berliner Meisterkoch’ title. Other awards include Duc Ngo as 2017’s ‘Gastronomischer Innovator’, and Ilona Scholl from Tulus Lotrek who took home the ‘Berliner Gastgeber’ accolade.

This Danish chef crew located to Berlin about a year ago and are rumored to open a smørrebrød joint in Markthalle Neun. For a smørrebrød lover like myself, this is some of the most exciting gossip of this fall.

The new casual dining restaurant from my favourite butcher Kumpel & Keule is set to open this month on Kreuzberg’s Skalitzer Straße and I could not be more excited. Fine meats, good vibes, sausages seminars…this place has all the potential in the world.

Look out for the new wine/cocktail/bistro opening inside the restaurant venue in Kreuzberg’s Umspannwerk – the crew behind the project is non-other than the former half of Industry Standard and Wild Things and this place is probably the most promising restaurant opening of this fall.


Four hands dinner Berlin

October 2017
14th – Four hands dinner with Paco Pérez & Albert Adrià
14th – Berlin Food Week – kicks off
19th – Food & Tech summit
22nd – Georgian Supra at The Michelberger


With Billy Wagner..

What happens when Nobelhart & Schmutizig‘s sommelier extraordinaire (and recent recipient of Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence), Billy Wagner, attempts to find the perfect döner-wine pairing? The answer involves a 3am kebab session at Kotti, some fairly dodgy characters and…well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the full video story on the blog, or head over to the original Facebook video to see what nearly 70 thousand people are getting so excited about…

Kotti Kebab Tasting Billy Wagner


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