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PALSTA: NORDIC PLATES MEET NATURAL WINE IN SCHILLERKIEZ

PALSTA: NORDIC PLATES MEET NATURAL WINE IN SCHILLERKIEZ

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)

Palsta, Oderstr.52, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Wed-Sun 15-24h, Kitchen open from 18-22.30h

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PERFECT YOUR SERVE AT BERLIN’S WORLD CLASS POP-UP BAR

PERFECT YOUR SERVE AT BERLIN’S WORLD CLASS POP-UP BAR

Cooler autumn temperatures mean evenings shifting from the canal to the kitchen, cooking and hosting intimate gatherings amongst friends. Which means it’s time to scrub up on our dinner party skills and perfect serves. What better way to do so than learning straight from the pros — at Torstr.114, which has transformed into an experimental bar playground in celebration of cocktail culture, to mark the 10th anniversary of the World Class bartender competition. A varied program of workshops and events promises to add new flavor to your mixing repertoire, under the guidance of bar insiders. Or just drop by the World Class Bar to learn to whip up — and enjoy for yourself — “Day Drinking Cocktails” or “Early Evening Occasions”. Serious cocktail aficionados will find new inspiration at the World Class Shop, which offers an exclusive array of gadgets for fixing the perfect drink — from Infarm herb sets to travel packs. Because what is a pro without her tools, right? (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: World Class)

World Class Pop-Up, Torstr.114, 10119 Berlin-Mitte; map
On through 31.11.2018, Tue-Sat 14-22h
Workshops & registration here

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MATHIAS WOLF RECOMMENDS: BANJA LUKA

MATHIAS WOLF RECOMMENDS: BANJA LUKA

There’s plenty of hustle and bustle at the corner of Schlesische Straße and Oberbaumbrücke day and night – but not at Banja Luka nearby. If you slip through the small gate next to the photo booth on Falckensteinstraße, you enter a cozy beer garden with leisurely backyard flair. Surrounded by old walls and trees, the space resonates a laid-back ambiance and lends itself to enjoying a draught beer and a side of hand-cut French fries. Should it be too chilly outside, the interior provides a cheery alternative for a nightcap. On weekends, the bar turns into a DJ booth from 22h onwards. Incidentally, the Bosnian city of Banja Luka is not this bar’s direct namesake. It was an old sign reading “Station Banja Luka” that Keyfo Temur found propped up beside the entrance when he opened the place in 2012. “Station” was promptly omitted and so the bar was christened. (Text: Mathias Wolf / Photos: Banja Luka)

Banja Luka, Falckensteinstr.1, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map

Mon-Thu from 16h, Fri-Sun from 15h

Mathias Wolf has lived in Berlin since 2000 and works as a freelance copywriter in Kreuzberg. Together with his partner, Elvir Osmanković, he runs the design project handsofgod.football.

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YOUR NEW PLUSH & PLAYFUL COCKTAIL GO-TO: MR. SUSAN

YOUR NEW PLUSH & PLAYFUL COCKTAIL GO-TO: MR. SUSAN

As you step through the doorway of Mr. Susan, matte teal and navy walls accented by rays of light and plush, velvet-draped bar stools invite you to take a seat at pink terrazzo tabletops. Taking their name from the beloved Korean-German street food vendor of Markthalle Neun fame, Susan Choi, Damien Guichard, and Shawn Beck are now presenting eclectic flavor pairings in playful ways at their cocktail bar, opened in July 2018. Since then, we’ve slowly been drinking our way through their menu, from their savory “Micheladas” featuring spicy kimchi popsicles to dip in beer to their subtly sweet strawberry cocktail served in a glass rimmed with dehydrated strawberries, and of course their on-rotation “frozen goodness” — which may or may not be that glass of frozé you’ve been craving this summer. Come fall, there are plenty more treats on the horizon — think bar bites and a spirited (literally and figuratively) new seasonal drinks menu. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Mr. Susan, Krausnickstr.1, 10115 Berlin-Mitte; map

Tue–Sat 17–2h

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CAPPERI: FRESH ITALIAN FARE & NATURAL WINE AT MAYBACHUFER

CAPPERI: FRESH ITALIAN FARE & NATURAL WINE AT MAYBACHUFER

Can’t make it down to Italy this summer? Spend an evening at Capperi and Italy will come to you. From its prime Maybachufer location, this Italian “natural kitchen & craft wine” bar unites three Berlin gastronomy enterprises: Chef Thomas Mudersbach, formerly of May am Ufer (the restaurant’s previous iteration), Alessandro Denni, ex-Neontoaster, and Vincenzo Costanza and Pietro Nicotra of specialty importers Siziliessen. The result is a welcoming wine bar, restaurant, and deli that invites you to stay for a glass, aperitivo or a full dinner menu. The carefully-selected, well-annotated, all-Italian wine list makes a substantial contribution to Neukölln’s burgeoning natural wine scene. Ask Vincenzo for his recommendation, based on what you’re eating. Here it’s simple, fresh and light: For aperitivo, it’s hard to go past the Mozzarella di bufala DOP from Campania, served with olives, followed by the Tagliatelle “alla Genovese”, with green beans, potato and homemade basil pesto — and the juiciest pine nuts — makes for a delectable summer main, and a mini holiday for your taste buds. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Gianluca Quaranta & Olga Slotina)

Capperi Italian Craft Wine & Kitchen, Pannierstr.32, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map

Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat 17-23h, Sun 11-23h

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