Around Berlin in 80 Restaurants

My recommendations for tasty meals in Berlin

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Kollwitzplatz Market

kollwitz (2)I’ve been thinking for a while that I should do more of my grocery shopping at a farmer’s market than only in supermarkets. So I recently went to have a look at the options nearby and I discovered the market on Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg, open every Saturday from 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This is a very nice market with a good atmosphere and very interesting stalls. Of course, there are the traditionnal fruits, vegetables, meat, cold cuts and fish vendors, but not only. There is for example a stall that sells French pâtés, salami from France and Spain and cheese from Austria and Switzerland. The 1st time I went there, I wasn’t going home untill later at night so I bought only pâté since they are in a glass jar. I got rabbit, deer and campagne, really nice. I also spotted the stall of nice looking pastries, they had fruit mousses that looked kollwitz (4)quite good, as well as the stall of a French grocery store I have on my list.

There is also a stall of a Berlin chocolate maker, I tasted a sample of dark chocolate, it was great. They have very interesting flavours and you can compose of lovely box of chocolates. They also sell hot chocolate, my friend told me it was excellent.

You can also eat on the spot if you wish. There are crêpes, saussages, oysters and much more. According to a friend, the falafels you can get at 1001 Falafels are among the best of the city.


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Auberge de Varize, Varize, France

IMG_3863Last time I was in France, we went to L’Auberge de Varize for a family dinner. It is located at the exit of a village called Varize, about 20 km East of Metz, on the road towards Boulay and Saarlouis. You need a car to get there but they can also arrange accomodation in the village.

The place is quite cozy, the staff is very friendly and the menu is very interesting. They have very nice formulas for very fair prices, most of us had the Menu Gourmet, with starter, main, cheese and dessert for only €35. I first had the home made foie gras which was excellent, those who had the smoked salmon or the scallops were also satisfied. Then, I chose the beef filet, the meat was very tender, delicious and cooked rare, just IMG_3868as I wished, it went with a nice roquefort sauce and fries. Other guests had kidneys with potatoes, crayfish ravioli or another fish dish, everyone was satisfied. The small cheese plate was very nice, with a munster not too strong. For dessert, I had a Dame Blanche (vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce), it was nice but too big, the crème brûlée, the profiteroles and the Café Gourmand (coffee with mini sized desserts) were also much appreciated.

They also do home made burgers that look very tasty, maybe I’ll try them if we ever go back. They also have a nice menu for kids, little ones can choose between burgers, nuggets or poultry vol au vent with a variety of sides to choose from, plus a choice between different desserts.

All in all, it’s a very nice place where you can eat very good food for a very decent price.

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Great Russian food at Cafe 4 You

cafe4uCafe 4 You is located in Mitte, on Mohrenstraße, by the exit of the U-bahn station Stadtmitte. I went for a very nice lunch in this small cosy Russian place. The waiter was super friendly and the menu quite appealing, wether you like meat or not.
I had a mixed plate with pelmini filled with minced meat and wareniki with potatoe filling and fried onions, served with creme fraiche. Both were super tasty, but the potatoe was particularly delicious. Along with it, I had a very good vodka. The prices are really fair, very nice place indeed.

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Brasilian skewers at Na Brasa

nabrasa (1)Na Brasa is a Bresilian restaurant on Kollwitzstraße in Prenzlauer Berg. This place has been recommended to me by a Brazilian acquaintance and I finally went to try it. They are specialized in meat skewers, I had a beef one and it was excellent, cooked as wished, tender, good quality. It came with garlic rice, I also got some chimichurri, the waitress had told me it wasn’t hot but it was, but well, I’m very sensitive to spicy.

The caipinrinha is also very nice, not much sugar, a good thing for me. For dessert I had the maracuja creme, lovely. Every one had meat skewers (they also have fish), for dessert they have condensed milk pralines and pudding that my friends found nice as well.

The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is quite nice. The portions are a bit small but it’s nice quality. Very good place indeed.

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Le Potager, Nancy, France

IMG_3838I recently went to Nancy and had a nice dinner at Le Potager with some friends.
Being originally from the region, that’s the “Lorraine specialties” that got me interested.
We went there and were lucky enough to get the last free table inside, it can be a good idea to book.
This small restaurant is located in the old town, close to Place Stanislas.
The staff is very friendly and the decoration lovely.
I had some home made foie gras first, very nice. Then I had one of the baked cheeses (reblochon) with potatoes and cold cuts, all ingredients are high qualizy. One of my friends had the pâté lorrain (local pastry with minced meat and other stuffs inside) and the other one a tartine, kind of oven toasted slice of bread with cheese, ham and salad. For dessert, I had the mirabelle gratin and a friend a small selection of their desserts, mini sized. We were all very satisfied, food is very tasty and prices not high.

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El Borriquito, a bit of Spain in Berlin

borriquito (2)El Borriquito is a Spanish restaurant located in Charlottenburg, close to Savigny Platz.

We went there for a birthday dinner. Although we had booked a table, we still had to wait a bit before getting seated, they seemed a bit confused, the place is nicely decorated, it was packed so it was hard to move around and it was pretty hot, so don’t wear clothes too warm. The staff was very friendly, the menu was really interesting. We first had a complementary kind of rosé wine glass and a plate with a sort of vegetable/fish salad and some chorizo with bread.

borriquito (1)The portions are huge, almost none of us got to finish their plates, the tapas plate for 1 person could feed 2 and is mainly fish. I had a plate of Spanish ham which was very nice. I also had a tortilla, for me, if you say Spanish tortilla with no other mentions, it’s “just” a kind of potatoe omelett, but I was disappointed to see they put vegetables in it, so I could not eat it. That was the 1st time I had a tortilla with vegetables so I guess they should mention it on the menu.

Otherwise it was overall a nice dinner experience, prices are quite low for the quantity and quality you get.

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Speisehaus, German food in Simon-Dach Kiez

speisehaus (2)While looking for a nice German restaurant, Speisehaus came up often and I recently went with friends to try it. It is located in Friedrichshain, near Simon-Dach-Straße and close to the Warschauer Straße station.

The place is nice and cosy, the staff is very friendly and the menu quite hard to choose from. There was so many interesting dishes and I ended up having a veal schnitzel with roasted potatoes and a fried egg. The schnitzel is enormous and very tasty. Some of us had soup, salad, fish, pork stomach,… We were all satisfied. Dessert is good as well, I had a very good brownie with sour cherries, the pancakes and the grütze were also nice according to those who had them.

This is really a nice place, prices are fair, I can really recommand it.


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