Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants

My recommendations for tasty meals in Berlin


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Rapunzel, nice cocktails at Warschauer Strasse


rapunzel1In April, a new cocktail bar opened on Warschauer Strasse, directly opposite to the Tram stop S Warschauer Strasse, next to the vegan store.

It’s called Rapunzel and inside are a few paintings with scenes from the fairy tale. The staff is very nice, the cocktails are great and not too expensive, lounge electro music, that’s a place I really enjoy for some after-work drinks. They have a wide selection of cocktails and other drinks, haven’t tried all cocktails, they offer of course the classicals but also what appear to be special creations.

 

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Maredo Unter den Linden


I tend to be a bit skeptik towards franchises restaurants in touristical areas, but according to the reviews, the Maredo on Unter den Linden, close to the Brandeburg Tor, is one of the best of the chain in Berlin.

I went there with my parents last time they visited me, it’s just next to the ZDF studios, there’s a nice inner court under a glass roof. My mum loved the salad buffet and the poultry that was very well cook, not too dry.

My dad and I had a very good steak rare cooked and served on a hot stone, so it was kinda still grilling as it was served. They gave us big bibs to protect ourselves from the grease on which it was wriiten something like “bibs are nice, they protect you from the grease, well unfortunately, only your clothes.” The steaks were very tasty and tender, delicious, the fries very crispy. My father also had some gambas with his steak and loved them.

It was a very nice dinner without having to spend too much money, the service was good, the menu is in several languages, friendly staff.

The only 2 bad things: too much salt in the margarita and what they called bearnaise sauce was not really one, but other than that, great!


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Ham-cheese Chicken Breast


escalopeThis one of my mom’s recipees, used to eat it with French fries but fresh pastas are also a good option (especially tagliatelle and gnocchi). You can also add mushrooms to the sauce. You can also use turkey or veal insted of chicken.

For 2 person:
2 chicken breasts
2 slices of Prosciutto
2 slices of Cheddar (or any kind of cheese for sandwich that melts easily)
100 g of creme fraiche
2 big spoons of tomato sauce
250g of pasta

Cook your pastas apart

In a pan put some butter or oil, fry the chicken (or turkey or veal), before it’s 100% cooked, put a slice of prosciutto on each breast and the slice of cheese on top of it. When the cheese is melted, take the chicken apart (on a plate), lower the temperature under the pan, add the creme fraiche and the tomato (and optional the mushrooms) and stir. Put a part of the sauce on the pasta, the other one in a bowl. In the plate you’ll serve the chicken and the pasta and then everyone can add sauce of the meat to their liking.

 


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Frida Kahlo


frida1Another nice Mexican place is Frida Kahlo in Prenzlauer Berg. I once stumbled on it with a friend, had a nice lunch on the terrace and went back there recently for dinner.

The menu is quite large and there is enough choice for people like me who don’t like it too spicy. They also have a nice cocktail menu. Bad point would be that for their nachos they don’t write everything on the menu, there were bits of pickles and tomatoes, had I known, I had taken something else.

The place is cosy, maybe a lilttle too dark in the evening, good food, tasty cocktails, good service, fair prices. A friend told me she also loved breakfast and brunch there.

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Timeless


timelessI once went with some collegues to Timeless, a Tex-Mex restaurant in Charlottenburg. On Thursday nights, it’s all you can eat ribbs for 8€, I’m not really into ribs so I did not get them but the collegues who did really liked them.

I had some beef fajitas, 1st good thing: no surprise vegetable, what is written on the menu is what you get. Pepper, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, 4 tortillas and delicious meat.

Cocktails are also very nice, service is nice though a little long.


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Nola’s am Weinberg


nola1Nola’s is a very nice Swiss restaurant on top of a hill in a small park in Mitte. The inside is kinda classy, the staff is very friendly, the service great and the food fantastic.

I have to admit that for dinner I usually have the Swiss Cheese Fondue, which is really tasty, I also love their toblerone mousse for dessert, you’d expect it to be very sweet and heavy, but it wasn’t, sweet but not too much and very light, really delicious.

Their breakfast offer is really nice, various plates for all tastes. As for the Brunch, the buffet is very good, lots of choice, sweet, savoury, hot, cold, special Swiss stuffs, really a good option on a lazy Sunday morning. :-)

The place is really nice by sunny weather, on the terasse with a nice view in a green area, very relaxing.

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Apple Nutella Puff


puff1On one lazy week-end, I had some puff pastry dough left and started to think what I could do of it, I saw some apples and got an idea.

For this, you need the following:

-1 roll of puff pastry dough

– half an apple

-nutella

-6 chocolate square

-hazelnut bristle

First, cut the apple into thin slices. Then, spread the dough and cut it into 6. In the middle of it, spread some nutella in the middle and put the apple slices on top of it. Close the pastry by draging the corners in the middle. Sprinkle some hazelnut bristle on top of it and then add a chocolate square. Put into the oven on 200°C for about 20 minutes. Better to eat hot but cold is also tasty.

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