Consider this newsletter the official guide to the Berlin summer of 2018 as I bring you news of glorious Frosé drinks, Japanese shaved ice desserts and some epic summer events including our next NEU Dinner happening on July 29th. I’m talking newest-season-of-Chef’s-Table kind of epic. Berlin has NEVER seen this level of mastery before. Find out more below.
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What happens when Susan Choi, Damien Guichard and Shawn Beck combine their formidable mixology and hospitality talents? A beautiful bar is born on Mitte’s Krausnickstr. which serves the official summer drink of 2018 – Frosé.
With 19 international locations including Kyoto, Shanghai and Hong Kong, third wave coffee pioneers, % ΔRΔBICΔ, have opened their first European store on Kreuzberg’s Reichenberger Str. in a super slick space that unites coffee and design with pastries and a small food menu.
Prenzlauer Berg’s Indo-Chinese restaurant has opened a second location on Schlesische Str. bringing a much needed facelift to the street with its fancy outdoor garden vibes.
You’ll need to be an early riser to bag yourself one of Albatross’s infamous breads or pastries at their new shop on Graefestr. They open at 8am (only on weekends) and queues have been seen snaking round the block with everything sold out by lunchtime!
These purveyors of Asian-inspired Wagyu beef burgers have just opened a second restaurant on a busy corner of Kantstr.
“Hello Berlin, I’m from Tokyo” says Tenzan Lab, a new kakigōri and Japanese treat spot on Wörtherstr. Alongside traditional Japanese sweets such mizu yōkan this place serves some serious looking kakigōri – a Japanese shaved ice dessert loaded with fruits and syrups.
With a new (bigger) kitchen comes a brand new food and cocktail menu at this South American influenced Neukölln bar. I still have hot summer dreams about their pulled pork sandwiches, let’s hope the new kitchen space means more of the same.
Congratulations to Yvonne Rahm of Kreuzberg’s Schwarze Traube cocktail bar who championed over national competitors in the German finals of the World Class Bartending 2018 competition this month and who goes on to represent Germany in the upcoming world finals.
Rumours are also abound that Warschauer Str.’s bagel emporium will soon be opening a Mitte-based branch.
This cafe on Yorckstr is run by refugees and offers a diverse mix of cultures the opportunity to come together over food and drink.
Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Berlin’s very own “Vocally Lokal” stalwarts have smashed into the The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at a notable number 88 joining Restaurant Tim Raue which retained its top 50 placing and climbed 10 spots to this year’s number 37 position.
My prayers have been well and truly answered with news that the St Bart kitchen is now open from 12-4pm on Saturday lunchtimes serving, amongst other things, pastrami sandwiches. Oh hell, yes.
For our second edition of NEU Dinners we can’t wait to welcome internationally acclaimed chef, Will Goldfarb, to Berlin all the way from Room 4 Dessert in Bali (and recent star on the newest season of Chef’s Table) to cook with René Frank from our very own CODA. These are two of the most recognized and forward-thinking pastry chefs of the planet but this is a meal with no added sugar that will blow minds on all levels. Think a full fine-dining tasting menu based on sweet and savoury “desserts” (but not as you know them). Alongside their kitchen wizardry, Will and René will also curate a matching cocktail pairing which is included in the ticket price.