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DER GOLDENE HAHN — CAPONATA SICILIANA BY CANDLELIGHT

DER GOLDENE HAHN — CAPONATA SICILIANA BY CANDLELIGHT

Der Goldene Hahn was featured in our Cee Cee No.2 Book, which is available for purchase here.

This Kreuzberg classic is the local go-to for simple but delicious Italian cuisine. The seasonal menu, scrawled on a blackboard that the waiter brings to the table, changes daily. The Caponata Siciliana: simply magnificent, the house speciality. During our visit we spotted an Italian nonna in the kitchen, dishing out pasta and bread – made from scratch, of course: a dream come true. The interior ranges from from simple and quaint to somewhat cracked, but the ambiance, candlelight, red-checked tablecloths and brick walls are totally charming! (Text: Nella Beljan / Photos: Daniel Farò)

Der Goldene Hahn, Pücklerstr.20, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Daily from 19h

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LETIZIA LUPERINI RECOMMENDS: SUCCULENT STEAK AT BIG SUR

LETIZIA LUPERINI RECOMMENDS: SUCCULENT STEAK AT BIG SUR

There is nothing more difficult to find in Berlin than a good, big, juicy piece of meat. I’m not talking about a thin schnitzel here — I mean thick but soft meat that has structure but almost melts in your mouth. That’s exactly what I found at Big Sur: organic ribeye steak, cooked to perfection and accompanied by a variety of inventive side dishes with a touch of Mexican and Asian influences. The drinks served at the long wooden bar are as as creative and ever-changing as the food menu, though you can always count on a punchy Mezcal cocktail to get your night started. Ask your host to tell you the story of how all this started with a food truck and ended up as a truly unique place in one of my favorite corners of Kreuzberg. (Text: Letizia Luperini / Photos: Jessica David)

Big Sur, Graefestr.11, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map

Tue, Wed & Sun 18-02h, Thursday 18-03h, Fri & Sat 18-04h

Hailing from Mexico City, Letizia Luperini has been in Berlin for 4 years and currently calls Charlottenburg home. She is the co-founder of Pamono, a marketplace for vintage and contemporary design furniture.

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NINA BLEIBER RECOMMENDS: KANTINE KOHLMANN

NINA BLEIBER RECOMMENDS: KANTINE KOHLMANN

Berlin cuisine — it’s officially making a comeback. But this time around, the good old ingredients are being reinvented in exciting new forms. At Kantine Kohlmann, small sharing plates and bites are delivered to wooden tables — modern, seasoned and flavorful. Owner Ulrike Kabyl recommends the beetroot and coriander tartare. It’s fresh, creamy and spicy. The concept of Kantine Kohlmann is to allow several small bites to make up one dish, making for a very sociable way to enjoy a meal. For dessert, I pick the pistachio parfait. It arrives accompanied by a chocolate tart and quince caramel, making it the best possible conclusion to a meal — hot-cold, crunchy-creamy and salty-sweet. But it’s not over yet: your nightcap awaits nearby. Head down a dark corridor towards a heavy, leather-clad door to enter the restaurant’s in-house bar. There you’ll find a blazing fireplace surrounded by generous green leather armchairs. Sink into one with a cocktail or a digestif. And yes, you can smoke. (Text: Nina Bleiber)

Kantine Kohlmann, Skalitzer Str.64, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Sun 18-24h

Nina Bleiber was born in Berlin in 1981, lives in Prenzlauer Berg and works as a journalist and stylist.

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THE TREE — OR HAPPINESS IN THE FORM OF NOODLE SOUP

THE TREE — OR HAPPINESS IN THE FORM OF NOODLE SOUP

Diners who don’t leave The Tree happier than on arrival are missing something, as a visit to this Chinese restaurant is like taking a mini break — the senses are stimulated and the mind can relax. That’s mainly due to the restaurant’s calm interior, which owners Ling Ma and Xiaoting Zhang have designed in harmonious tones, with wooden tables and chairs accompanied by arrangements of dried flowers and twigs. An eye-catching branch lamp illuminates the room, while the soft sound of birds chirping completes the garden theme. The menu is centred around noodles, served in earthy clay dishes as dishes or soups and peppered with fresh hand-picked ingredients that satisfy every tastebud. A focus on seasonal, regional fare leads to options like the lamb’s lettuce-topped “Ginko” soup with okra pods, Chinese morel mushrooms and peanuts. We recommend the starters like the “Maackii” — a salad of potatoes and lotus roots that’s perfect for sharing. The Tree’s inventive dessert menu rounds off the sensory experience before you end your trip to China’s Sichuan province and step back into the crisp Berlin night again. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sven Hausherr)

The Tree, Brunnenstr.167, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
Mon-Fri 12-15h & 17.30-21.30h, Sat closed, Sun 13-21.30h

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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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