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ZENNER — HISTORIC TREPTOWER PARK RETREAT REVIVED FOR SPREESIDE DRINKS AND FOOD

ZENNER — HISTORIC TREPTOWER PARK RETREAT REVIVED FOR SPREESIDE DRINKS AND FOOD

If you walk through Treptower Park towards the Insel der Jugend, you cannot miss the Zenner House on the banks of the Spree. This imposing Neo-Renaissance building served as a grand guesthouse in the early 1900s before it was destroyed during the war. It was subsequently rebuilt by East German architects, but after Berlin’s reunion the building fell into decline: until recently it housed a multinational burger chain. With the opening of Zenner in June 2021, the site has been returned to its former glory as a riverside retreat with a beer and wine garden combining the traditional with the contemporary. Like the century-old original the expansive terrace seats 1500, but the food and drink options are very much modern and extend to two separate menus. The first selection is relaxed: think draught pale ale from the biergarten bar served with a perfectly-cooked Käsespätzle or a plate of Pommes – served not “rot weiß”, but with pico de gallo (tomato salsa) or truffle pesto. The second, more-refined menu includes tapas plates such as stuffed sweet potato with creamed spinach, sage, tomato, feta and pine nuts. These match perfectly with the wine list, which is substantial and focuses on Austrian and German bottles.
 

Whether you go low-key or fancy (or combine both) the cuisine from chef Robert Hilges offers a fresh twist on the German classics that were served to Zenner guests in times past. There’s beauty in the variety: you can drop in for a quick drink to break up your walk or boat ride, or make a full evening of it with a multi-plate dinner with sunset views over the river. As for entertainment, there is a program of live music and DJ sets such as this Friday’s Ceremony x Musikgarten (23.07.2021). Before you head off, don’t forget to seek out the hidden ice cream parlour and coffee stand for some treats to go. As for indoors, all of the buildings on the site are to be fully renovated by 2024, when we will finally be able to say: Zenner is back!

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Kateryna Firsova

Zenner, Alt-Treptow 15, 12435 Berlin–Alt-Treptow; map
Mon–Fri 12h–late & Sat–Sun 10h–late

@zenner.berlin

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SRI LANKA SPICE WITH A GERMAN SLANT — SOUTH ASIAN CROSSOVER CUISINE AT SATHUTU

SRI LANKA SPICE WITH A GERMAN SLANT — SOUTH ASIAN CROSSOVER CUISINE AT SATHUTU

If you’re after authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, Sathutu is not the place for you. Why? Because this South Asian restaurant is all about contemporary crossover cuisine, blending dishes from Sri Lanka with flavors from closer to home. Founder and owner Lisa Baladurage has Sri Lankan roots and teamed up with head chef Jana who brings the German influence with her curry balls and cheesecake. Not only are these combos rare on the Berlin food scene, they’re also delicious: the signature Colombo Chicken with its fresh curry leaves will make you forget any other fried chicken exists. If you prefer something lighter, go for the grilled prawns with yoghurt dip, which pairs perfectly with the summery Green Juice cocktail with Arrack, a spirit made from palm juice and rice. The margarita – served in a plain glass – is on point too. Simple is the name of the game décor-wise: Sathutu’s color scheme incorporates creamy white tableware with sage tables and turmeric yellow artworks. You can enjoy your food outside on beautiful Rykestraße, a quiet street with an almost holiday-like atmosphere.

The interior is minimalist and elegant, with a touch of London cool – no surprise since Laura studied at the city’s Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Having gained experience working at a Sri Lankan restaurant, she opened Sathutu with her partner Julian Bächle in June 2021. After a memorable meal, we took home a jar of the seasonal chutney (in our case apricot) which we had enjoyed with papadums as an appetizer. That will tide us over until we return for the lunchtime Egg Hoppers (if you’ve ever been to Sri Lanka you’ll know what they are). What spin will this innovative team put on them? We can’t wait to see!

Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Julian Bächle

Sathutu Rykestr.15, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; Stadtplan
Wed–Fri 16–22h, Sat & Sun 10–22h

@sathutu.berlin

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SYRIAN SMALL PLATES, SALADS AND MEZZE FAVORITES — ALEPPO SUPPER CLUB

SYRIAN SMALL PLATES, SALADS AND MEZZE FAVORITES — ALEPPO SUPPER CLUB

In a modest, compact location in Friedrichshain you’ll find Aleppo Supper Club, the brilliant Syrian restaurant serving up fresh middle-eastern dishes packed full of flavor. The eatery’s founder, Aleppo-born Samer Hafez, moved to Germany in 2014 after the war interrupted his studies. Having worked in the restaurant business for several years, Hafez decided to open his own spot for Levantine cuisine in 2018. The fixed menu includes the likes of colorful salads packed with coriander, cucumber and pomegranate, metabel (a fresh hummus and aubergine dip), moreish flatbreads, and ‘awraq aleanab (stuffed vine leaves) – and that’s just the starters. You can order a selection of these small plates to share, but the mains are just as tempting, with delicious rice dishes with fresh ingredients including many vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant itself has a small, snug interior plus an expansive terrace with 11 tables outside for alfresco dining. The seating area is a sun trap (when the sun is there, that is) making it the perfect spot for chilled Sunday afternoons over late lunch and tea. From 11h, sweet breakfasts are also served and the team offers catering for events – perfect for sharing the Levantine love at your next Covid-safe gathering!

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Aleppo Supper Club & Nataliya Vaitkevich

Aleppo Supper Club, Rigaerstr.58, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon–Sun 11–23h

@aleppo_supper_club

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KAUZ & KIEBITZ — REUTERKIEZ GASTROPUB FOR FISH AND CHIPS AND FRESH DRAUGHT BEER

KAUZ & KIEBITZ — REUTERKIEZ GASTROPUB FOR FISH AND CHIPS AND FRESH DRAUGHT BEER

Sitting in the evening sun enjoying a freshly tapped beer with friends is one of life’s great pleasures. Now you can add another venue for doing just that: Kauz & Kiebitz, Sven Breitenbruch’s Neukölln gastropub which has gained a solid reputation amongst beer fans since opening 2015. Behind the bar are 12 draught beers to choose, many from local breweries including the Pils and Pale Ale from Berliner Berg, the New England IPA from Brewdog Berlin and the Golden Ale from Brauhaus Neulich. While this welcoming corner pub is the perfect place for drinks, the new food menu is well worth checking out, with classic finger food contrasted with modern, seasonal cuisine. Popular with regulars is the Fish & Chips Fridays where the team serve up fresh, sustainable cod alongside classic UK-style chips and mushy peas. If you fancy something lighter, there’s also an always-changing menu of seasonal dishes developed by chef Georgios Kitsos in collaboration with the bar team. Drinks wise, there’s the Rhabarberbarbara: a cocktail made with pisco, saké, rhubarb shrub, lime, cucumber spirit and crémant that comes courtesy from Truffle Pig, the speakeasy bar located behind Kauz & Kiebitz and accessed by pressing a button by a door at the back. After-work drinks with relaxed vibes: check!

Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Kauz & Kiebitz, Reuterstr.47, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Wed–Sun from 18h

@kauzundkiebitz
@trufflepigbar

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STREET FOOD FRIDAYS — BITE CLUB RETURNS TO GLEISDREIECK PARK

STREET FOOD FRIDAYS — BITE CLUB RETURNS TO GLEISDREIECK PARK

Start saving your appetite: Bite Club is back! After a Covid-induced break, the fabled food event is returning tomorrow (18.06.2021) with eight stalls of round-the-world cuisine from some of Berlin gastro’s leading lights. The rendezvous point for the Friday feast is the B-Part co-working space which overlooks the Kreuzberg corner of Gleisdreieck park, meaning you are (almost) guaranteed a good sunset. The lip-licking lineup includes Caribbean-hot jerk chicken from Vybz, fully-packed pittas from The Shawarma Mamma and fresh and fiery bibimbap from Son Kitchen. Also serving up the spice is another mother – Mama Shabz – whose crispy pakoras and sharp Koftas have made us keen fans of Pakistani cuisine. There’s liquid indulgence too, with classy cocktails from B-Part’s resident cafe Jules and cool beers courtesy of Brlo. Should you still have space after that, you can finish up with one of Woop Woop’s creamy-fresh nitro gas ice creams. More vendors are being added in the coming weeks, including Ma-Makan with their Malay dishes and matcha shaved ice from Tenzan Lab. Time to block your calendar: this summer’s Friday hangout is sorted.

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Celia Topping & Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke

Bite Club returns weekly from tomorrow 18.06.2021, 17h at B-Part in Gleisdreieck Park, Luckenwalder Str.6b, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

Entry is free before 19h; otherwise €3.

@biteclubberlin

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