The pop-up restaurant Anton Kocht is a place for old-schoolers to dare learn. Served by a young team, they offer regional classic German cuisines with a twist made from pure organic produce. Anton, though just 22 years of age, has already worked with chef Tim Raue after finishing his training at the renowned restaurant Vau. While Anton cooks, his father looks after the wine selection which consists of around 170 – all of which are German, and can be ordered by the glass. The ever-changing menu offers familiar yet wonderfully revisited dishes: yes, we’ve heard this a trillion times, but it really works here. The lemon mousse served along “Forelle Müllerinnen Art” (trout meunière), made from whole cooked pureed lemons, is extremely aromatic; the ordinary dessert “Kalter Hund” turns into a single slice of heavenly cookies with creamy white chocolate that melts immediately in your mouth. Every guest may choose from three or four course menus with 12 options overall to personalize it. My favorite is the “Gemischter Satz” by Krebs Weiss and the assorted cheese by Fritz Llyod Blomeyer, a perfect ending to my meal. If young German cuisine is this sovereign, there’s no need to fear future benchmarks. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos top & left: Sasha Kharchenko)
The first part of Grüntaler Strasse – we’re talking Wedding and Gesundbrunnen area – is home to quite a few places that are easy to be missed: two bars (Studio 8 and F-Bar), a room for performances (Grüntaler9) and a bookstore called Echo Bücher. Most likely you overlooked these places before; and that’s exactly what happened to me until one day I finally stepped into Echo Bücher. The store is run by David Armengou who has made his dream come true by opening a shop specialized in books on the topic of music and sound. The airy room, designed by Petra Trefzger, consists of a wide range of printed matter including zines to sound objects to select vinyls. A current favorite of David is a book by Ezekiel Honig titled “Bumping Into A Chair While Humming. Sounds of the Everyday, Listening, and the Potential of the Personal” – and it perfectly suits the philosophy of the store. Sound performances and DJ sets are hosted here too, so next time you’re in this neighborhood, make sure to keep an eagle eye. (Text: Lorena Simmel)
After spending three plus years living without gluten, I had resigned myself to a life with sub-optimal bread. But this summer in Brittany I had a 100% purple buckwheat bread that was nothing short of a miracle. On returning to Berlin, I stumbled onto a sign for a gluten-free organic bakery opening soon on Schönhauser Allee. It would be hard to be impartial.Luckily they did not disappoint. Jute Bäckerei have mastered some darn good bread. Using alternative flours in combination such as chestnut, buckwheat and teff with rice, potato and corn, the breads and rolls they are baking daily do not even need a GF logo: they can compete with wheat bread any day. The staff are helpful and friendly and they seem to have a real passion for creating new unique products. Our breakfast table mostly sees the “Felix” and “Moritz”.
When I saw “Kaprow City” at Volksbühne in 2006, Christoph Schlingensief gave a personal introduction in the foyer before the film started. He talked about his first trials as a filmmaker. It was an incredibly honest, funny, and intense moment I will always remember. I felt so sad when he passed away too young in 2010. Tomorrow you’ll have a chance to watch some of his works on the big screen. The birthday special starts with “The African Twin Towers”, followed by a short surprise film. Afterwards “Mutters Maske” starring Udo Kier and Helge Schneider will be screened, then Kathrin Krottenthaler’s documentary on Schlingensief’s Neuhardenberg project “Animatograph” will be presented at 23h. Krottenthaler, Susanne Bredehöft, and of course Aino Laberenz will be present tomorrow. Sounds like it will be an exceptional evening not to be missed. P.S. All proceeds from the film distribution will go to the opera village in Burkina Faso, once founded by the one and only Christoph Schlingensief. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Filmgalerie 451)
All Berlin stylists and fashion lovers know Roman Vardijan’s Nightboutique. This monsieur has a weakness for women’s vintage clothing by some of the finest high fashion brands: Céline, Haider Ackermann, and Balenciaga, just to name a few. He owns an immense collection of prêt-a-porter and runway pieces, numerous pairs of shoes and rare handbags. This weekend, the Nightboutique will be hosted at the home of the bespoke tailors Purwin & Radczun, who will be opening up their archives as well. For two days you may devour yourself in vintage wear, suits, shirts and accessories; or simply observe master tailor James Whitfield’s skills as he works on new pieces. Items on sale are for both sexes and over 1500 in total. First come, first served… (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Eirikur Mortagne)