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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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CODA — AN EXPERIMENTAL DESSERT & COCKTAIL CONCEPT

CODA — AN EXPERIMENTAL DESSERT & COCKTAIL CONCEPT

Next time that sugar craving kicks in, why not cut straight to the chase and indulge in a five-course desserts-only meal? Yes you can at Coda, which has been making desserts the destination in a very refined way since its opening in 2016. Led by René Frank und Oliver Bischoff, the restaurant’s ingredient-led, à la carte menu was designed to be mixed and matched, though we recommend the two- to five-course meals, complete with cocktail pairings. Eschewing a sugar overload, dishes are both sweet and savoury; composed around an interplay of textures, consistencies and acidity levels. Think mascarpone, yellow tomatoes and gingerbread complemented with a hazelnut, plum and coriander cocktail. Impeccable presentation and a sultry atmosphere further make a guilty pleasure feel all grown up. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: ett la benn (L) / Maximilian Carlo Schmidt (M) / Kunalum Lee (R))

Coda, Friedelstr.47, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Tue-Sat 19h-late

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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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STICKS ‘N’ SUSHI: A DANISH-JAPANESE DINING ICON

STICKS ‘N’ SUSHI: A DANISH-JAPANESE DINING ICON

Sizzling yakitori or succulent sushi rolls? Now you can enjoy both – and so much more – thanks to a unique restaurant idea offering elevated Japanese cuisine with Danish roots. Since its 1994 launch in Copenhagen, Sticks ’N’ Sushi has expanded its empire to 17 outposts across Denmark and the UK. Now the refined concept has landed on Potsdamer Strasse – all sophisticated and handsome, spread across two stories and fronted by a well-stocked bar. Expect top quality ingredients and innovative flavour pairings, like the tuna tartare with yuzu vinaigrette or bacon-wrapped scallop sticks. Vegetarians are equally well catered for: from sweet potato teriyaki skewers to truffled cauliflower, plant-based options are plentiful. Oh, and be sure to save room for dessert – the dark chocolate caramel balls coated in toasted sesame seeds are not to be missed. (Text: Victoria Pease)

Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, Potsdamer Str.85, 10785 Berlin-Tiergarten; map
Mon-Sun 10-22h, kitchen opens daily at 12

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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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