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Tempelhofer Feld is a hot contender for Berlin’s best sunset spot — where blushing light casts shadows across the asphalt in distinctive shades. Since August 2018, that same subtle light has been spilling onto the tables of Palsta, where you’re invited to wine and dine with small plates from chef Filip Sondergaard — best known from his work at Dóttir, and natural wines supplied by a variety of local purveyors. Accompanied by a golden-hued glass of Els Bassotets 2016 from Spain, we started with a subtly sweet shrimp tartar, dotted with black pepper mayo, dill and citrus, finished tableside with a tangy spill of buttermilk. Followed by buttery fried anchovies with baby gems and green tomatoes, then fresh Icelandic cod — flown in only hours before hitting our table — with charred cabbage and a vibrant parsley sauce, each carefully constructed plate seemed to one-up the last. As the last of the sun’s peachy golden rays hit our table, we gazed at our fellow diners as they savored the dishes we so enjoyed. After one last glass — a musky, oak-aged Italian red (Le Coste’s Rusticone Rosso), available, as all their wines are, by the bottle to stay or go — we headed out into the late summer evening, the sky now as crimson as the wine still on our palettes. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)
Wed-Sun 15-24h, Kitchen open from 18-22.30h
When was the last time you flexed your argumentation skills in an intellectual debate? If it’s been a while since you put your opinions to the test, head down to Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum next Thursday night (20.9.2018) for round #5 of Cliché Bashing. This debate series sees moderators Sissy Metzschke and Volker Wieprecht take on some of society’s thorniest issues, together with experts and the audience. The topic this round is “I’m (Im)perfect” — Take It Easy Girl vs. Multitasking Woman”. That’s to say, the pressure experienced by women to multitask their way to perfection in all areas of life — from building a career to raising a family and being the perfect partner. Where does this come from? Who’s perpetuating it? And how can we alleviate this oppressive double standard? These are amongst the questions that will be picked apart by a panel including mixed martial arts fighter Julia Dorny, actor and moderator Alina Merkau and founder of Yogibar, Helen Meyer. Naturally, the event welcomes all genders — round up your favorite conversationalists and register here for what promises to be a thought-provoking evening. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o Drive. Volkswagen Group Forum)
It all began with a couple of backpacks — from hyped Korean brands Gear3 and Rawrow. When Haelan Kim and Inti Castellazzi started importing select fashion items by South Korean labels to Europe, they soon realized they’d found a niche in bringing sleek, high tech design products from Seoul to Europe — for which demand was high. The breadth of their offerings kept expanding, and in 2016 Knok was launched online. Since June 2018, Knok Store is now also situated in a charming, light-flooded Altbau near Südstern, with poured concrete floors and custom-made display cases. Their curated selection — from sunglasses (Yun) and fashion (In Silence) to living and tech accessories (Craft Combine, Dear Maison), showcase the best of contemporary, minimalist South Korean design. You’re invited to linger as you browse — Knok is also an exhibition space for emerging Korean artists, a café and an event space. From backpacks to full-blown design empire, this duo of South Korean design ambassadors shows no sign of slowing down. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: c/o Knok Store)
Šljiva [pronounced "Shleeva"], a promising new addition to the Arminius Markthalle in Moabit, has what many (Berlin) restaurants still miss: the power of women fuelling it. Owner and Chef, Cathleen Potter left behind the security of her job in project management to devote herself to her passion project, a Balkan bistro which brings together the best of the region’s culinary culture on one menu. There’s “Karadjordjeva Schnitzel” filled with bacon & kajmak, homemade Serbian pasta (“Miinci”) and “Krempita” for dessert: a refreshing blend of baklava-like puff pastry and vanilla cream. When contemplating Balkan cuisine, mountains of meat may come to mind. That’s not the case at Šljiva, where Potter wants to do things differently: More enjoyment, less belly. Of course, the legendary “Ćevapčići” (grilled minced meat) is a menu mainstay, but here it comes served with vegetables, grilled octopus and my personal highlight: the specially-created Šljiva salad with celery, apple, walnuts, dried plums, mayonnaise and the delicious Duvan Čvarci (pork scratchings). To top it all off, the plum brandy “Šljivovica” — the namesake of this culinary journey through the Balkans — was offered as a digestif on the house. (Text: Marielle Kreienborg / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)
Mon 18-22h, Tue-Fri 12-15h & 18-22h, Sat 12-23h
Having studied languages at Humboldt University, Marielle Kreienborg has been living in Neukölln for six years and working as a freelance writer reporting on Berlin and beyond.
Whether or not you made the most of the lakes this summer, it’s not too late to take the joys (and benefits) of swimming inside at one of Berlin’s many magnificent public pools. One of the city’s oldest and most spectacular is Stadtbad Mitte ”James Simon”. Built in 1929 by the Weimar Republic’s prolific architect Heinrich Tessenow, and funded by the entrepreneur James Simon, it was considered to be the most state of the art bathing house in Europe at the time. Now a listed building, it has been beautifully maintained and fitted out with modern showering facilities and refurbished changing rooms. The main attraction of the seven-floor building is without a doubt the impressive swimming hall, which features rows of paneled windows that stretch almost the entire lengths of the 10m high walls and even across the ceiling. Go on a sunny day and witness the light flooding in as you submerge yourself in the shimmering waters of the sunken 50m pool. If you’re not a swimmer but still intrigued, two private gym studios overlooking the pool offer regular yoga courses, and there’s even a massage parlor if you feel like really indulging. (Text: Lucy Thorpe / Photos: c/o Stadtbad Mitte)