Berlin Food Digest #31

well hello, 2019...

Jan 5th, 2019

Dear Reader,

2018 was a brilliant year. It was the year that our experimental dinner series NEU Dinners came to life; Berlin’s Scandinavian food drought came to an end with the opening of Palsta (and brief glimpses of brilliance at Sæson and Rødder); we were gifted our own version of London’s St. JOHN (hello St. Bart); Goldies fries reached next level amazing; ice creams got a lot sweeter thanks to Duo; Russians made their (lovely) mark on Italian food at MINE; an undiscovered Syrian Shawarma culture came to light at Aldimashqi; we were blessed with a score of great new ramen places; baking got taken to the next level by Albatross; and drinking to whole new (giddy) heights at Mr. Susan. I could go on…but you get the point, it was a tremendous year in food. Thank you for being part of last year’s food journey and here’s to a big, fat, brilliant and tasty 2019!

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Barra Berlin Food Stories

This bold new Schillerkiez neighbourhood restaurant is packed with interesting flavours, low intervention wines, and some beautifully smooth interiors.

The refurbishment of KaDaWe’s sixth floor food court continues with the opening of this wooden-clad health emporium. Stock up on cold-pressed juices and ALL the super foods before getting your Gucci on…

O Slow
Influenced by Japanese and Lebanese cuisine, three friends have decided to start a vegetarian kitchen mixing Japanese and middle-eastern references with some Lebanese Arak…

As impossible to eat as it is delicious, this deep fried calzone pizza is served from a window on Kottbusser Damm and brought to you by the pizza wizards at Malafemmena.

Berlin’s first gluten-free sourdough bakery (which BFS’s resident glutard, Kate, is exceptionally excited about) has officially opened on Charlottenburg’s Fasanenstr. bringing sourdoughs, pizzas, pastries, cookies and more to Berlin’s gluten-free starved masses.

With handmade noodles, broths broiled for up to 12 hours and some pretty promising pork chasu, this new ramen joint is exactly what Oranienstr. needs.

The Bauhaus is brought to life at this new Charlottenburg restaurant thanks to brutal aesthetics and geometric ironwork surrounding each table.

This new additional to Skalitzer Str. promises “serious drinks, serious food and serious music” from its basement location.

Ngo Kim Pak
Duc Ngo is back with what he does best: fusion Asian. Expect bokki and ramyun mixed ramens, Korean-inspired sushi and German-influenced kimchi. If anyone call pull it off, Duc can.


Restaurant Sæson
Rene Beck Hansen left big shoes to fill as head chef at this glorious Nordic safespace but his replacement, Maja Sommer Samuelsen, who comes from the Danish island of Funen has taken over the task with a new menu, same philosophy.

BLN! Toasties & Prosecco 
Coming to Wedding in 2019, a new toasties and prosecco space. That’s all the info I have for now… is Wedding really ready for this?


Sourdough and sour grapes presents Berlin events

January 2019

12th & 13th: Japanese Kaiseki Vegan Brunch at macha-macha
15th: Sourdough and Sour Grapes at Gazzo Pizza
21st: Terroir Talks: Ethical Eating at HERMANN’S
27th: The Sausage Man Never Sleeps Fry Up at St. Bart


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