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FAST CASUAL COMFORT — TAK TAK POLISH DELI

FAST CASUAL COMFORT — TAK TAK POLISH DELI

Presenting an unequalled take on traditional Polish comfort food, Tak Tak - Polish Deli has been combining friendly, fast casual service with high-quality ingredients since November 2015. Owner and full-time operator Karol Kasierski opened Tak Tak to share delicious Polish comfort classics with Berlin — adding his own modern twists here and there. Take the pierogis for example, each wrapped with the same perfectly soft and chewy dough but stuffed differently: from vegan spinach and buckwheat to beetroot with goat cheese, and of course, the classic meat-filled – all are served with sour cream and a pickle, and are handmade in Poland just for Tak Tak. Alongside the pierogis, you can’t miss Karol’s take on the Polish national dish, bigos — featuring meat or tofu, sauerkraut and fresh cabbage stewed with spices, hearty stock, and various vegetables. No matter the dish, this modern deli continues to satisfy with comfort and warmth that’s perfectly suited to the season ahead. (Text: Massimo Hartmann / Photos: Emilie Wade)

Tak Tak - Polish Deli, Brunnenstr.5, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map

Mon-Sun 12-22h

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AMMAZZA CHE PIZZA: AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT WITH SPUNK

AMMAZZA CHE PIZZA: AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT WITH SPUNK

Peeking through the windows of Maybachufer 21 in July 2017, geometric shapes and a retro color palette caught my eye. When the signs went up revealing that this corner mystery would be an Italian restaurant and pizza place, I was even more intrigued — as the aesthetics seemed to clash with my idea of a pizzeria. Yet oddly enough, it works. The space was designed by the same team behind Nihombashi, and creates a unique atmosphere full of little surprises, fantastical patterns, and whimsy — playing heavily on the name “Ammazza Che”, Italian for “to kill for”. After a few months spent running in circles with the German bureaucracy regarding their pizza oven (the first of its kind in Berlin), owner Davide put his pizzas to the test, now swearing by a 48 hour rest and rise for the doughs — a process that gives the end product a deeper flavor and lighter texture. In addition to the well-rested pizzas, feast on plates of antipasti or deliciously dense focaccia – cut into thick squares and topped with things like capers and mozzarella DOP, they make the best bready accompaniment to a fall walk along the canal. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Ammazza Che Pizza, Maybachufer 21, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Sun 11.30-22.30h

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LAURA SOPER RECOMMENDS: COOKIES CREAM

LAURA SOPER RECOMMENDS: COOKIES CREAM

As you set off down an alley around the side of a hotel in Mitte, you might be skeptical that you’re about to take part in one of the finest vegetarian culinary experiences in Berlin, but this is simply the beginning of your Cookies Cream adventure. Concrete walls are mellowed by inviting red fabric benches, creating a trendy, yet cozy feel in the modern restaurant. Heinz Gindullis, known fondly as “Cookie”, created the restaurant in 2007 as a place to hang out with friends — and even the artwork is an homage to that, as many of the pieces are gifts from friends and local artists that give the space a unique character. Chef Stephan Hentschel has created a wonderland of no-nonsense fine-dining dishes, playing with vegetables and herbs from Cookie’s own garden. The grilled leeks with black sesame are quite simply sensational, while the blueberries with celery present the most surprising combination of textures with delicious nuggets of candied celery dotting a refreshing sorbet. The wine pairing is a cherry on top of an evening to remember, although the imaginative plates speak for themselves and are hands down what has kept Cookies Cream at the top of the list when it comes to not only vegetarian, but any restaurant in Berlin. (Text: Laura Soper / Photos: Rene Rils, Joe Sarah, c/o Cookies Cream)

Cookies Cream, Behrenstr.55, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue-Sat 18.30-24h

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cookies Cream with a special 6-course birthday menu available until this Saturday (11.11.17); reserve a table

Laura Soper is a marketer with a passion for writing and food. Now settled in Kreuzberg, Laura has been sampling the many vegetarian delicacies Berlin has to offer since relocating from the UK in 2016.

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GERMAN-BRITISH SYMBIOSIS IN GRAEFEKIEZ — ST. BART PUB

GERMAN-BRITISH SYMBIOSIS IN GRAEFEKIEZ — ST. BART PUB

Do you have two beating hearts? One beating for the traditional foods of your (adopted) German homeland, the other beating for the delicacies of the UK? Then St. Bart is the perfect eatery for you. Located at the lower end of the Graefekiez, this pub-meets-restaurant has been serving fine seasonal British-German cuisine since August 2017. Divided into “small plates” and “large plates,” tasty German temptations such as smoked eel with fennel or Himmel und Erde (“Heaven and Earth”) can be found on the menu in perfect harmony with British culinary delights like Scotch eggs and ham hock terrine. Our tip: come with at least a party of four so that you can share everything. The conversation about the food alone will fill the entire evening as every dish is somewhat of an embodiment of a specific texture or taste. The fried chicken is crispier than crisp, the “burnt Jerusalem artichoke” is not for novices, and the pavlova is the epitome of delicious fluff. By staying true to their cuisine and offering us an unwavering concept, St. Bart provides a true culinary experience that is both down-to-earth and contemporary. Their wine selection is genuine as well: each glass has its own distinct character. The cocktails too are tempting, and the large bar at the entrance lends itself well to a start, or end, of evening drink. I must say, I’m a big fan of this two-state solution. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

St. Bart, Graefestr.71, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Wed-Sun 16-24h

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TINA MÜLLER RECOMMENDS: CON THO

TINA MÜLLER RECOMMENDS: CON THO

One of my favorite lunch spots of late has been Con Tho (“The Hare”), located across from Volkspark Hasenheide in Kreuzberg. Huy Thong Tran Mai, the creative mind behind the restaurant’s concept, takes Vietnamese classics and combines them with herbs and locally-grown vegetables to create deliciously innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes. I highly recommend the wafer-thin crêpes that are made from rice flour and red beets, then wrapped into delicious rolls stuffed with crunchy lettuce and fresh herbs. Paired with a homemade lemonade garnished with limes and a bamboo straw — it doesn’t get much better. The spacious terrace is lush with greenery during the summer and has a relaxing atmosphere, while the warm bamboo interior with its large lanterns lends itself best to cozy meals for the cold winter months ahead. (Text: Tina Müller / Photos: Tina Müller, Con Tho)

Con Tho, Hasenheide 16, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Daily 12-24h

Tina Müller is the co-founder of the design agency MüllerValentini in Kreuzberg, which focuses on brand and visual development. She has called Mitte home since 2009.

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