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JAN SCHMIDT-GARRE RECOMMENDS: BUDDHA REPUBLIC

JAN SCHMIDT-GARRE RECOMMENDS: BUDDHA REPUBLIC

My love for Indian cuisine was ignited at the same moment as my love for the films of Satyajit Ray, in New York during the ‘80s. The films were playing somewhere on Second Avenue, and the food was being served around the corner on Sixth Street, in super cheap joints, one lined up next to the other, and all BYO. Then I discovered Trishna in Bombay, which surpassed them all. After came a long drought in my Indian culinary journey — I couldn’t find anything comparable, anywhere. And then, five years ago, I came across Buddha Republic in Charlottenburg. Here it’s the classics that work the hardest — freshly cooked and free of dusty spice mixes. There’s the mixed vegetable Sabzi Korma (made with real curry leaves), divine spinach with homemade cheese (Masala Palak Paneer), lamb chops (Shahi Seekh), prawns and marinated chicken from the Tandoori grill. Lamb Biryani from Hyderabad. The Persian host, an avowed foodie who grew up in India and has traveled through each of its states, knows each dish better than his cooks do, and takes care of quality control. There are fatally sedative King Cobra beers (8%), served in giant corked bottles. Even the odd violet glow bathing the restaurant feels authentic, though less Hindu temple style, more like the lobby of a boutique hotel in Bangalore. And that’s equally India. (Text: Jan Schmidt-Garre / Photos: c/o Buddha Republic)

Buddha Republic, Knesebeckstr.88, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg; map
Mon-Sun 12-24h

Director Jan Schmidt-Garre has been living in Berlin for nine years. For his film “Breath of the Gods” he traveled to India twelve times.

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ANN RICHTER RECOMMENDS: BOB’S POGO BAR AT KW

ANN RICHTER RECOMMENDS: BOB’S POGO BAR AT KW

There’s been an enigmatic addition to the Berlin underground scene this year, tucked away into a courtyard cellar at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art. It’s called Bob’s Pogo Bar, though it’s much more than a bar in the classical sense of the word. Bob’s is an installation, salon and theatre stage all at once. Designed by LA-based artist Robert Wilhite as part of the KW’s 2017 artistic program, the bar sees nocturnal animals meet oblique angles and elongated shadows. Opening its doors once a week (usually on a Thursday), Bob’s is taken over by an artist for an evening. The program — compiled by Maurin Dietrich and Cathrin Myer — ranges from sound performances and thematic dinners to short plays and spacial interventions, and is announced seven days in advance on the KW website. This week’s event, which exceptionally takes place on Friday (19.5.17), is a reading of Ishion Hutchinson’s “Trouble on the Road Again”. P.S. KW Friends and KW Lovers get exclusive access to all events taking place at Bob’s. (Text: Ann Richter / Photos (clockwise): Norbert Bayer / Frank Sperling, KW Institute for Contemporary Art)

Bob’s Pogo BarKW Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststr.69, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

See program for event details. RSVP required.

Ann Richter moved from London-Peckham to Berlin-Alt Treptow in 2015 and is the co-founder of graphic design practice Studio Pandan as well as the exhibition project A.R. practice.

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ANJA MARTIN RECOMMENDS: AN INTRODUCTION TO (SUPPER CLUB)

ANJA MARTIN RECOMMENDS: AN INTRODUCTION TO (SUPPER CLUB)

What does May taste like? Goat’s cheese fresh from the farm, edible flowers and the first blush of strawberries — according to João Lourenço and Laura-Ximena Villanueva Guerra, at least. In March 2017, the duo launched a monthly supper club to celebrate the best local produce available at any given time of year. Sure, you can find pre-ripened avocados all year round in Berlin — but shouldn’t we be focusing on nature’s seasonal offerings instead? Chef João (Grill Royal and The Store at Soho House) und cook / confectioner Laura (The Store at Soho House and Tausendsünd) have set out to remind us that true superfood is closer to our doorsteps than we think: blueberries instead of goji berries, parsnip not papaya. All organic, naturally. And regional. At this supper club, by the time dessert arrives at the table, you feel like your fellow guests are old friends. (Text: Anja Martin / Photos: An Introduction To)

An Introduction To, Souterrain, Bergmannstr.58, 10961 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
May edition: 19.5.17, 20h; Facebook event; buy tickets here

Anja Martin moved from Biarritz to Berlin-Friedrichshain in 2010. She writes reports and portraits for newspapers and magazines.

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ULRIKE SCHÄFER RECOMMENDS: COCONAT WORKATION RETREAT

ULRIKE SCHÄFER RECOMMENDS: COCONAT WORKATION RETREAT

Newly nestled into the tranquil Brandenburg countryside is Coconat: a ”Workation Retreat” where creative minds can escape the distractions of the city to clear their heads, refocus on the essentials and harness their long-term productivity. A thoughtfully-designed passion project by and for digital freelancers, “Coconat” stands for “community and concentration in nature”. Since its opening on 29.4.17, the former hotel at Bad Belzig (a 75 minute drive from Berlin) has been transformed into a country home with high-speed wifi and surrounded by lush nature, allowing you to swap your after work takeaways for an evening walk in the forest (followed by dinner prepared with organic regional ingredients). There are open-air workspaces, seminar rooms and sleeping spaces, plus whispers of an open-air cinema and sauna on the horizon. Here, space for new ideas is abundant. (Text: Ulrike Schäfer / Photos: Tilman Vogler)

Coconat - A Workation Retreat, Klein Glien 25, 14806 Bad Belzig; map

Ulrike Schäfer moved from Bavaria to Kreuzberg in 2005, to which has been faithful to her ever since. She’s been blogging about yoga since 2014 and has recently started to teach it. She’s also Head of Content at Juniqe.

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YASHA WALLIN RECOMMENDS: TIGER BAR

YASHA WALLIN RECOMMENDS: TIGER BAR

“Panama is the land of our dreams,” the bear excitedly tells the tiger in Janosch’s children’s story, “The Trip to Panama.” As an adult, thanks to a healthy intake of specialty cocktails from Tiger Bar, there’s no need to leave Berlin to find the land of your dreams. Along with its sister restaurant, Panama - from the team behind Katz Orange – this elegant watering hole owes its inspiration to Janosch’s book as well as mother nature herself. Surrounded by flora and decor that seem to belong to a mythical place and time (or rather to the “new Berlin”), visitors sample small bites such as oysters and pumpkin chips. But most come for the drinks, with ingredients as experimental as you’d expect from a venue based on travel and exploration: radishes, red beets, lentils, bananas, and tarragon. Curiosity is at the heart of Janosch’s tale, and the same could be said about Tiger Bar’s offerings; meaning the more adventurous you are, the closer you’ll get to dreamland. (Text: Yasha Wallin / Photos: Luke Johnson)

Tiger Bar, Potsdamer Str.91, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Tue-Sat from 20h

A native of sunny California, Yasha Wallin moved to Berlin in 2013, and currently calls Mitte home. When not on the lookout for the coolest new spots in town, she works as an editor.

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