May is all about celebrating summer vibes and sipping on wine, which is exactly why it’s time for RAW Wine Fair. It kicks off this weekend and promises to be one hell of a wine freak-out session as 150 of the world’s most interesting artisanal/low-intervention wine makers gather at Markthalle Neun on May 13th – May 14th.
Apart from that, my beloved side-project and home of the greatest food tales on the planet, Finest Food Stories, is finally taking shape with some stellar To Eat guides compiled by food friends from across the globe. Make sure you’re following for the best guides on where to eat in Lisbon, Hong Kong, Moscow, Warsaw and more…
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Kreuzberg’s canal-side sweet spot, May am Ufer, has joined forces with a Sicilian produce importer and natural wine importer to form Capperi, the new Italian wine bar that’s sprung up on Pannierstr.
If you’re a fan of The Green Market’s vegan lifestyle vibes then you’ll love their new 100% vegan cafe on Wühlischstr. in Friedrichshain.
The Poutine Kitchen
Calling all Canadians! “The first authentic poutine in Germany” has landed slap bang in the middle of Moabit’s Arminushalle offering everything from the “Quebec Classic” to a “Heart Attack” version of the cheesy, gravy covered dish.
Stone Brewing Tap Room
Good news if you’ve never managed to make it all the way out to Mariendorf’s Stone Brewing brewery, they’ve just opened a new tap room and kitchen on Prenzlauer Berg’s Oderbergerstr.
BIG NEWS! From now on there’s a second Zola venue open at Funkhaus Berlin, serving awesome pizza every day from 12:00-18:00 and longer on event evenings. It’s a pretty magical location to enjoy a slice and a sundowner in.
Rutz has appointed its first female sommelier in the form of Nancy Großmann who takes over the reigns from Alexander Seiser at the double Michelin-starred restaurant and wine bar.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig
From May 3rd, the restaurant’s ten-course menu will cost 120€ from Thu to Sat, but only 95€ on Tue & Wed in an experiment against the challenges of running a fine dining enterprise on quieter nights. And elsewhere, sommelier and owner, Billy Wagner, has teamed up with artist collective, Vulvae, to challenge naturalism in art and food by offering, wait for it… edible vagina casts as sweets. And he’s also hosting an art exhibition. Read more about their plans here.
The sad news this month is that Markthalle Neun’s Rødder has served its last Smørrebrød as the Scandinavian concept proved a bit too complex for German palettes. Elsewhere, The Pit confirmed it’s BBQ Wagyu brisket is a thing of the past as it also closes its doors on Kreuzberg’s Reichenberger Str.
Palsta is a new natural wine-oriented bar & shop opening on Schillerkiez that will also serve small dishes inspired by the Nordic kitchen. Doors open in summer, but keep an eye on their event pop-ups until then.
Contemporary Food Lab
From July 2018 onwards, Berlin’s mighty CFL crew will be providing the gastronomic program inside Gropius Bau‘s iconic building. Amidst all the classy architecture watch out for an exciting new café and catering concept.
Congratulations to the Kreuzberg chippie’s recent ‘Gastronomy Concept of the Year’ win at Rolling Pin’s publicly-voted for awards.
Distrikt Coffee has found a Kreuzberg home at what used to be Gipfel on Görlitzer Str. Primarily a breakfast and lunch venue, Annelies also offers a menu of local, seasonal produce as well as a selection of curated wines from Naked.
Congratulations to the Ernst boys who were recently awarded “Best New Restaurant in Europe” at Opinionated About Dining‘s celebration of Europe’s best restaurants. They boys debuted on the list at number 62 and continue to put Berlin on the world map of food.
Mogg & Khwan
Finishing on high note this month with the heart-warming news that Mogg owner, Paul, has joined Khwan as a partner making sure the Thai BBQ’s unsteady future looks a damn sight more secure. Expect some exciting new future concepts coming from this glorious union.
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Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast
This new Berlin podcast covers the exciting and multi-faceted stories of our city’s nightlife protagonists and its recent episode with Cookie of Cookies Cream and Crackers restaurant fame had me hooked during recent travels. In it, Cookie talks through his personal path from legendary club owner to Michelin Star restaurateur. Listen to this episode and more.