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JASMIN TOMSCHI RECOMMENDS: BEETS & ROOTS

JASMIN TOMSCHI RECOMMENDS: BEETS & ROOTS

Granted, I haven’t worked in Mitte for a while, at least not on a regular basis. But I distinctly remember the endless search for a healthy lunch spot. If you’re looking for something quick and fresh, Beets & Roots could be your new go-to. Opened in November 2016 by young gastronome Maximilian Kochen and Andreas Tuffentsammer, the youngest German chef to receive a Michelin star in 2011, the fast-casual restaurant centres their menu around bowls in a variety of enticing flavors, ranging from Italian to Japanese. The latter include sesame noodles, edamame, miso eggplant and toppings of your choice. Fitted out with sleek cement walls, black-and-pink tiles and neon installations, with nineties hits playing on loop, lunch at Beets & Roots will taste just as good as the next time you take it to go. Oh, and by the way: a pre-order app is in the works. (Text: Jasmin Tomschi)

Beets & Roots, Große Hamburger Str.38, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sat 11-21.30, Sun 12.30-21.30

Jasmin Tomschi is a freelance journalist and copywriter. She moved to Berlin-Friedrichshain from Vienna in 2012.

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GEORG WEBER RECOMMENDS: KANAAN

GEORG WEBER RECOMMENDS: KANAAN

A sign at the entrance promises “the best hummus in town” – and that may just be the case. At Kanaan, it’s difficult to think of anything that needs improving. I ordered the sabich hummus plate, which included cumin-spiced chickpeas, fresh and creamy hummus and a delicious tahini sauce. Another dish that caught my eye consisted of egg, slabs of charred eggplant, mango chutney with a kick, topped off with a spicy pesto. On the menu, traditions come together with a fresh interpretation, reflecting the diverse inspirations of the two owners, who are Palestinian and Israeli respectively. The restaurant looks a little like a garden shed, with modern furniture misplaced in its front yard. In these colder months, you can enjoy the seasonal menu on the extended winter balcony. Keep an eye out for the daily special, plus a lunch deal including a salad and a drink. (Text: Georg Weber / Photos: Milena Zwerenz c/o Mit Vergnügen (L) / Georg Weber (R))

Kanaan, Kopenhagenerstr.17, 10437 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Tue-Sun 12-22h

Born in Austria, Georg Weber has been living in Berlin since May 2016. He shares his stories and photographs of food daily on his site, sattundfroh.de.

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DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

DIANA HAGENBERG RECOMMENDS: POLA CAFE

A new coffee shop that’s just opened on Köpenicker Straße has quickly become one of my favorites. Pola Café is small but smart: For instance, as room for plants is limited, owner Mascha Roos decided to hang them from the ceiling and let them grow up the walls. The space hardly leaves room for tables – that’s why there’s just one. These constraints make Pola all the more cozy and communal: You quickly get talking with other guests. The excellent coffee is from Bor & Baumeister in Kreuzberg, while vegetarian soups grace the lunch menu – my favorite is beetroot. I also highly recommended Pola’s creative sandwiches, such as the “Bulgogi”: Korean marinated beef with kimchi, pear and sesame. Or the “Morza”, which combines sweet potato puree, scamorza cheese and hazelnuts. Stay a while and you could just make your lucky break - Roos runs her street casting agency, Ostwesting, from the back room. (Text: Diana Hagenberg)

Pola Café, Köpenicker Str.10, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 8-16h, with occasional breakfast clubs on weekends

Diana Hagenberg works in Marketing at the anti-migrane app, M-sense, and lives in Kreuzberg.

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MIRNA FUNK RECOMMENDS: PAPPA E CICCIA

MIRNA FUNK RECOMMENDS: PAPPA E CICCIA

I love going to Pappa e Ciccia. I mean it. That’s also why I immortalised it in my novel “Winternähe”. Lola and Shlomo, my two protagonists, fall in the love there. And me? Yes, I too have fallen in love there. On many occasions. A week doesn’t pass without me dining there at least once. And that since its opening in 2006 – so over ten years ago. My all-time favorite is the salsiccia pasta. I’ve probably eaten this dish a hundred times. I don’t just come for the pasta, though, but also for the owner: Nicole Schuman. Formerly a photographer, Nicole found her Italian soulmate and moved Milan, then packed up all her culinary knowledge and moved to Berlin. Now, her experiences are being compiled in a cookbook, co-produced with Antje Wewer. Today (26.1.2017) is the last chance to help make their dream a reality through their crowdfunding campaign. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. (Text: Mirna Funk)

Pappa e Ciccia, Schwedterstr.18, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Fri 18-24h, Sat-Sun 10-24h

Born in Berlin in 1981, Mirna Funk today lives in Prenzlauer Berg. She is a journalist and author of the book “Winternähe” (S. Fischer Verlag), which was published in 2015.

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VOLKER EICHENHOFER RECOMMENDS: KLAESI HOLDENER

VOLKER EICHENHOFER RECOMMENDS: KLAESI HOLDENER

Today, fashion is more ephemeral than ever. New designs and trends come around faster than can be followed. The young Berlin label Klaesi Holdener is taking another path, aiming for quality while focusing on essentials. In close collaboration with small-scale manufacturers in Italy, the Swiss-born designer Florian Holdener creates sophisticated and minimalist menswear – without getting tied-up in short-lived trends. Jackets and coats set the tone, which can now be bought in the recently opened store in Berlin’s west-end. Hidden inside a shopping arcade on Uhlandstrasse, the shop focuses on classics: from wool coats to down-filled bomber jackets. My personal favorites: the stitched Car Coat and the lambskin jacket, with a collection of trousers and shirts to come. Timeless but still with the times, pieces are made with an eye for quality and fine materials – have a look for yourself. (Text / Photos: Volker Eichenhofer)

Klaesi Holdener, Uhlandstr.170, Uhlandpassage, 10719 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map

Volker Eichenhofer is a photographer and founder of VE.food. He has been living in Berlin-Mitte for the past six years.

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