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COREEN — KOREAN FOOD IN AN ELEGANT BISTRO ATMOSPHERE

COREEN — KOREAN FOOD IN AN ELEGANT BISTRO ATMOSPHERE

When you first walk into Coréen, the Korean restaurant established in December 2018, the stylish interior is the first thing you’ll notice. The brightness of the space, its pastel-colored tables and the white tiled bar all create a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Designed by Studio Gizzem Cinar with inspiration from French bistros (hence the name Coréen, which means ‘Korean’ in French) and Asian interiors, the restaurant – with its bistro chairs and Papillon lamps – is a real eye-catcher. But all this is not meant to distract from the food, which is truly excellent: kimchi (of course), homemade Mandu dumplings, savory Korean pajeon pancakes, pak choi, and marinated spare ribs dominate the menu. Of course, there are also classics like ramyun, a Korean noodle soup with egg, and bibimbap, available in a sizzling bowl. Coréen is an offshoot of Charlottenburg’s Hanok, which is a popular spot for classic Korean BBQ, so their take on a BBQ bibimbap is a must. Coréen is well worth the visit, for both the design and the delicious meal. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland & Coreen)

Coréen, Torstr.179, 10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sat 12–23h, Sun 17–22h
@coreenbln

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GET THE VEGETABLE GARDEN ON YOUR PLATE: TUTTI FRUTTI AT RESTAURANT RICHARD

GET THE VEGETABLE GARDEN ON YOUR PLATE: TUTTI FRUTTI AT RESTAURANT RICHARD

Restaurant Richard has been on my to-do list for years. Owner Hans Richard has created this fine dining jewel in the inconspicuous Köpenicker Straße, only five minutes away from Schlesi. From the varied seasonal menu to the thoughtful wine accompaniments and the contemporary artworks that adorn the walls, the formula here is perfect. Dining in an impressive 19th century salon under an opulently decorated wooden ceiling, you’ll feel transported to another world. Running until 20.07.2019, the current menu is inspired by the gardener’s rich summer harvest. And what particularly appeals is the idea of bringing the vegetable to the forefront without the need to be explicitly vegetarian. With some dishes, they don’t shy away from using animal products to add depth and taste, something I miss with a purely vegetarian meal. Starting from 06.08. the focus shifts to Mediterranean cuisine for one month. I would recommend making time to catch “Tutti Frutti” – the name of this seven-course vegetable feast – and let nature inspire you via your plate. (Text & Photos: Sven Hausherr)

Restaurant Richard, Köpenicker Str.174, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tues–Sat 19–0h

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FOR NOW: POP-UP DINNER SERIES IN SECRET LOCATION FROM VICTORIA ELÍASDÓTTIR

FOR NOW: POP-UP DINNER SERIES IN SECRET LOCATION FROM VICTORIA ELÍASDÓTTIR

I have mixed feelings about pop-up dinners. While I’ve had a few exceptional experiences, others have been downright horrible. When I heard about the new temporary culinary project For Now lead by Victoria Elíasdóttir of Dóttir fame, however, I knew I had to try it. It did not disappoint. Held in an undisclosed private location in Mitte, each dish of the eight-course dinner paired with wine was explained personally by the chef herself, a standard yet valuable practice that makes pop-ups truly unique. From her signature brown butter that accompanies the unexpectedly delicious potato bread, the unorthodox oysters, and the most beautiful and divine pavlova that concludes the evening, every dish was an expression of seasonal delights and prepared with the utmost care. Her feminine and romantic touches were not only pleasing to the eye, but elegantly delivered with fresh, clean and natural flavors. At For Now you can expect an utterly enjoyable time experiencing dishes from a seasoned chef cooking exactly for now: the seemingly brief yet lovely spring-summer season. (Text & Photos: Sven Hausherr)

For Now Pop-Up: 12.07-10.08.2019 19-23h
Secret location revealed 48 hours before event
10115 Berlin–Mitte; map
RSVP
@victoriaeliasdottir

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NO BANANAS — A MEMORABLE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

NO BANANAS — A MEMORABLE MEDITERRANEAN EXPERIENCE

No, this place doesn’t have any bananas, but they do have authentic food and drinks from the Aegean Sea. Eat, Drink & Share is the motto of No Bananas, explains Nevzat Ataray, the Istanbul-born owner of the Mediterranean restaurant. I discovered No Bananas by chance on my way home one evening and know I’ll never miss it again – because this place is special. No Bananas is refreshingly different: Fine multicultural dishes from Istanbul are celebrated and skillfully reinterpreted. For Nev, food is a form of expression, a common language that we all speak. The atmosphere in the restaurant is warm, cozy and relaxed. Food, culture and music intermingle harmoniously and guests instantly feel at home here. I usually like to come with friends after work for drinks and meze on the petrol-blue bench in front of the restaurant, or enjoy a delicious, ambient dinner on the weekends. Allow Istanbul’s cuisine to surprise you: Order the sardines, the manti (easily the best in Berlin), crispy fresh salicornia, artichokes with burrata and miso or the fava bean puree – and share some unforgettable moments with each other. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

No Bananas, Pannierstr. 29, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tue–Thu 18–0h, Fri-Sat 18–3h
@nobananasberlin

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JULIAN TRAUTWEIN RECOMMENDS: NOM NOM — INDULGENT SANDWICHES AND BOWLS

JULIAN TRAUTWEIN RECOMMENDS: NOM NOM — INDULGENT SANDWICHES AND BOWLS

Nom Nom is the sound you make when your food tastes really good. And Nom Nom the restaurant, near U–Bahnhof Eberswalder Strasse, lives up to its moniker. Founders Julian Holland and Oliver Thiel, two foodies formally in the advertising and marketing sector, have now turned their passion into reality, though cuisine is left to head chef Ranchi, who previously worked at the Michelin-starred Weinbar Rutz. The menu itself combines amazingly good and affordable food in three styles. First are the Itsy Bits, small tapas including the addictive corn tempura with soy mayo and the ceviche with mango in maple-lime juice. Then, there’s the unique NomNoms: slightly sweet brioche roasted in butter, sliced and packed with diverse fillings: tender pork belly, peanuts and hoisin mayo, sous-vide flank steak with pickled onions, rocket and cheese sauce, or silky tofu with hazelnut vinaigrette. And lastly, if you’re really hungry, there are bowls such as “Beets ‘n’ Cheese”, with fresh beetroot, grated feta, pomelo, veggie chips and crema di balsamico. You can enjoy all of this among Tom Dixon lamps and abstract photographs by Berlin artist Marius Glauer, ideally among enough friends to try a little of everything. (Text: Julian Trautwein / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Hamburger Julian Trautwein has been living in Berlin for over 10 years. Previously at Airbnb Germany, he will now join Berlin travel startup Tourlane.

Nom Nom, Schönhauser Allee 44, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Mon–Fri 12–15h30 & 17h30–21h30, Sat–Sun: 13–21h30
@nomnom.berlin

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