Kollwitzkiez is a total haven for cafes, with new places popping up on a weekly basis. For restauranteurs, however, the scene can be more than a little cut-throat. One restaurant that has succeeded in establishing itself in the kiez with its special concept of innovative cuisine and cosy interiors is Masel Topf on Rykestraße. Since 2014, owner Konstantin Pinski has been serving up traditional Jewish food with a Russian influence and a modern touch. The menu prioritizes carnivores, with the classic Beef Stroganoff, Wiener Schnitzel and “Mommes Fläischroulette” (veal rolls filled with spinach, cheese and apricots) all making an appearance. Vegetarians won’t go home with a growling stomach, however, with dishes like the the falafel plate and the Wareniki. The unique, detail-oriented interior is the result of Pinski’s love for trawling through antique markets, with vintage books and opulent chairs set against patterned wallpaper decorated with framed black and white photographs. The whole experience makes you feel like you’re dining in a 1920s Russian living room. (Text: Judith Taudien / Photos: Konstantin Pinski)
Judith Taudien has lived in Berlin since 2005 (mostly in Friedrichshain) and, since last year, in Lichtenberg. She works as an online editor and mainly writes about restaurants and good food.