Berlin Food Digest #30

Autumn's eating inspiration

Oct 18th, 2018

Dear Reader,
Greetings from the other side of a legendary Berlin food summer that came filled with magnificent food, events, sundowners and much more. Things got a little quiet around here as a result, but I’m back on track and already out and about exploring the new season through a whole host of new openings – see below for details. Oh, and if you’re in need of seriously tested eating inspiration, don’t miss my Berlin’s Top 50 Eateries 2018 list which had a whopping 10 new entries this year!

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Malakeh Jazmati Berlin restaurant

The Yafo crew’s new joint (tucked away in a Ritterstr. hinterhof) may mean “Friday” in Hebrew but you’ll find this Israeli kitchen open Mon-Fri for lunch and dinner. I already found a few, serious food highlights on my first visit.

Singh Indian Street Food
This new Indian restaurant’s lunchtime Thali menu makes a welcome addition to Schlesisches Tor’s pretty paltry lunch options

Hamdi Baba
Adding an extra piece to Berlin’s already pretty complex döner kebab puzzle, this new kebab restaurant on Tempelhofer Damm claims to serve up döner “like 168 years ago”. A pretty ballsy claim – I’ll see you there.

Bryggeri Helsinki 
Finnish craft beer and Scandinavian snacks on Prenzlauer Berg’s Göhrener Str.

Gazzo Pizza
Expect a crispier twist on Neapolitan pizza-styles thanks to Gazzo’s sourdough base. These guys also have some pretty epic sounding buffalo-milk soft serve ice cream on the menu.

There’s a new branch of this Korean food joint on Kreuzberg’s Wienerstr.

Bombay Cafe Bunty’s
Promising the “taste of modern India”, this new restaurant on Knesebeckstr. has chaats, hoppers, tandoori-baked breads and even an Indian take on Bunny Chow all on its lengthy menu. Eating in Berlin loved it – looking forward to trying it for myself.

Definitely no ordinary cafe, PAHR is a very promising daytime canteen and creative space located in Lobe Block, a brutalist architectural building on Wedding’s Böttgerstr.


Opening soon on Potsdamer Str. this brilliant new Syrian eatery will be the brain and heart of Malakeh Jazmati – a former Syrian television chef with serious talent.

Rumors say the world famous KaDeWe food court might be the newest outpost of Prenzlauer Berg’s beloved Israeli-Palestinian kitchen.

Toki – The White Rabbit
Look out for a swap on Kantstr. as Toki’s plant-based concept is switched out in favour of Buns & Bowls offering Japanese, Chinese, and Korean street food and ramen. I doubt this will be the last you hear of TOKI though, it’s rumoured to be moving East…

Modern Levantine cuisine alongside wines from the Middle East will soon be a thing on Charlottenburg’s Fritschestr. with chef, Gal Ben Moshe, from Glass at the helm. A promising fine dining project.

A new Mediterranean casual fine-dining restaurant will soon find its place on Hallesche Str. with Israeli chef, Meir Adoni, reinventing dishes from Middle Eastern cuisine.

Offering serious Bauhaus vibes, Cell Restaurant will give diners the illusion of sitting in a series of cells within cells as they eat. Head chef, Evgeny Vikentiev, comes with experience of working in restaurants such as 41°C alongside Albert Adria.

This beloved Austrian wine bar in Mitte will officially re-open in November as a fully fledged restaurant. Whilst the place is still being rebuilt keep your eye on their Facebook for some fantastic Construction Site Pop-Up events.

Berliner Meisterköche
Berlin’s biggest food prize turned once more into an annual sausage fest as 2018’s awards list featured only men, again. Congratulations to all the winners regardless, among them Daniel Achilles and TISK. Fun fact: As this year’s appointed “gastronomic innovator”, Nobelhart & Schmutzig‘s Billy Wagner chose to re-nominate Kristiane Kegelmann as the worthier winner of his award.



20th – Sunday Suppers
27th – Construction Site Series with Daniel Morgan at Cordobar
28th – Natty Piccolo at Geist im Glas
29th – Terroir Talks – Restaurants and the media at Hermann’s