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THE GOOD TASTE — FINE FOOD AND DRINK FROM THE VIRTUAL PANTRY DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

THE GOOD TASTE — FINE FOOD AND DRINK FROM THE VIRTUAL PANTRY DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

In normal times, restaurateur Jonathan Kartenberg is responsible for two kitchens: Irma la Douce on Potsdamer Straße and the stylish Neukölln Eins44. But with restaurants closed, the 28-year-old has used the break to set up The Good Taste, a “virtual pantry” delivering products from select Berlin fine-dining restaurants and regional producers. The selection is impressive: there’s the brilliantly intense bouillabaisse stew from Irma La Douce which immediately transports you to the harbor promenade of Marseille. Or, for more tropical tastes, there’s the mango-coconut jam from Bob & Thoms. Other specialties include preserved golden beetroot from Charlottenburg restaurant Lubitsch and a versatile vegetable salt from the brewers at BRLO. Meanwhile, Eins44 restaurant is offering preserved pears and a kale gremolata, while for drinks the team at gastro venue The Noname have created a ready-to-enjoy dirty martini. Over the coming weeks even more treats from the leading lights of Berlin’s restaurant scene will be added. We can’t wait!

Valentine’s Day special: choose from one of three multi-course meals for you and your favorite person, with drinks courtesy of the Bonvivant drinks box that includes the Valentine’s Spritz – a mixture of grapefruit, orange, Sekt, Chartreuse and St. Germain. Order by 20h tonight (11.02).

Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Inteamsphaere & Florian Kottlewski für The Good Taste

The Good Taste offers delivery within Berlin and will post items nationwide for a fee.

@thegoodtaste.de

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THE HUMMUS DEALER: VEGAN ISRAELI DISHES FOR THE PERFECT MIDDLE-EASTERN FEAST — ORDER FOR DELIVERY OR PICKUP

THE HUMMUS DEALER: VEGAN ISRAELI DISHES FOR THE PERFECT MIDDLE-EASTERN FEAST — ORDER FOR DELIVERY OR PICKUP

There are a thousand ways to make hummus, with competing blends of chickpeas, tahini and even baking powder all trying to achieve the perfect spread. With The Hummus Dealer we might just have found the ultimate recipe for this Middle Eastern classic. Israeli-born founder Chen Jakov has made it his mission to bring the best hummus to Berlin, first in 2019 via a stand at Markthalle Neun and now directly to your door with home delivery three days a week. The all-vegan menu features six mezze essentials, including a perfectly-smoked baba ganoush, charred aubergine halves and tender roasted cauliflower. But no order is complete without the hummus: a smooth, nutty blend of creamy chickpeas finished off with paprika, olive oil and pomegranate. And since you can never have too much hummus, Chen offers 500g and even kilo-sized portions of the stuff, with fresh pitta bread included.

All the dishes come delivered in biodegradable boxes made from cornstarch and can be eaten immediately or stored in the fridge for later. And if you want to dip into the world of home-made hummus, you can order jars of high-quality tahini that Chen personally imports from Israel. In pursuit of the perfect pulse? Look no further than The Hummus Dealer himself. 

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Kirsten Kaminski

The Hummus Dealer 
You can order via Instagram for free delivery within the Ring
Mon, Wed & Fri, 12–18h (order by 18h the day before, minimum order value €13, pay with cash or Paypal)

Pick up at Weserstr.40A 12047 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Mon, Wed & Fri, 11–12h & from 18h

@thehummusdealer

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TIFFIN: INDIAN FOOD DELIVERY IN BERLIN FOR FAMILY RECIPES AND COLORFUL SOUTH ASIAN CLASSICS

TIFFIN: INDIAN FOOD DELIVERY IN BERLIN FOR FAMILY RECIPES AND COLORFUL SOUTH ASIAN CLASSICS

For years, South Asian food fans Sachin Obaid and Suleman Thakar kept asking the same question: why is it so difficult to find decent Indian food in Berlin? Their answer was to start up themselves with Tiffin, the Berlin Indian food delivery service that launched in November 2020. The focus here is comfort food, and the menu is strongly influenced by family recipes and dishes from the pair’s childhoods that they’ve missed so much. Take “My Mom’s Keema”, a slow-cooked stew that has the perfect blend of heartiness and spiciness. It is made with incredibly soft minced meat from a recipe passed down via several generations to Sule and now to your plate. From hand-kneaded naan and vegan aloo gobi to the tender leg of lamb cooked for eight hours, Tiffin’s freshly prepared, seasonal dishes are authentically spiced for a wide variety of Indian flavors. Completing the menu is an innovative drinks selection including craft beers (try the “All The Puppers” New England pale ale!) and small batch wines. To finish up, don’t forget the Kheer creamy rice pudding for an indulgent dessert. You won’t regret it!

Text & Photos: Merle Büttner

Tiffin delivers to most areas in Berlin, Fri–Sun 17–19h. You can also pick up your order at Moksa Kitchen, Oranienstr.200, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map

@tiffin.berlin

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NEW YORK MEETS TOKYO AT CRACKBUNS — SLIDER RESTAURANT FOR MIX-AND-MATCH MINI BURGERS AND JAPANESE-INSPIRED SIDES

NEW YORK MEETS TOKYO AT CRACKBUNS — SLIDER RESTAURANT FOR MIX-AND-MATCH MINI BURGERS AND JAPANESE-INSPIRED SIDES

Small is beautiful at Crackbuns, the grab-and-go slider restaurant that opened in December 2020 on Auguststraße. For those who haven’t witnessed the slider craze in its New York home: these are mini hamburgers which – like all good things – come in twos, sixes and twelves, making them a great way to taste several different burgers at once. Founded by the team behind gastro ventures Zenkichi and House of Small Wonder, this US/Japan-inspired joint offers four sliders to pick from, including classic beef with two organic patties, red onions, cheddar and salad as well as the flavorsome karaage chicken, marinated in ginger, garlic and soy sauce for an umami twang. For max indulgence you can add organic bacon, while veggie appetites are also well served with the red bean and mushroom burger. All are served on soft, glossy fuwa fuwa buns (Japanese for fluffy) that are baked daily on-site. 

The mixing and matching continues with the sides, amongst them the mochi mochi fries with a crisp yet velvety texture and the cheesy-saucy shrimp gratin. You can order the whole line-up – which also includes combo deals and family meals – for delivery within a 3km radius or simply pick up at the restaurant. The place is easy to find: it is located, strangely enough, on the corner of Kleine Hamburger Straße… 

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sven Hausherr

Crackbuns, Auguststr.63 (corner of Kleine Hamburger Straße) 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Open daily 11–22h30 for pickup and delivery via Wolt.

@crackbuns_berlin

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WILD & WIESE — CHRISTMAS DINNER DELIVERY FEATURING REGIONAL AND ORGANIC INGREDIENTS FROM BERLIN AND SURROUNDING REGIONS

WILD & WIESE — CHRISTMAS DINNER DELIVERY FEATURING REGIONAL AND ORGANIC INGREDIENTS FROM BERLIN AND SURROUNDING REGIONS

Don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen this Christmas? With their festive dinner boxes, Berlin caterers Wild & Wiese let you serve up a heavenly holiday meal totally stress-free. Normally busy preparing impressive spreads for the city’s events, the team have used current circumstances to bring their philosophy of seasonality and sustainability to your humble Christmas dinner. Available to order are four different festive menus, each featuring high-quality products from Berlin and the surrounding regions. Your box of delicacies comes pre-cooked and ready to reheat in a range of glass jars, bottles, and vacuum bags. Preparation instructions are of course included, with no pro knowledge needed. Our pick is the vegan Snowflake Box, which offers a great alternative to the traditional roast goose – though you can have this too as part of the Santa Claus Box. The vegan feast includes a pumpkin consommé with chestnut dumplings and a mushroom Wellington Pie with lentils, walnuts and spinach served with red cabbage, wild cranberries, colorful carrots in sugar syrup, and smoked hazelnuts, all followed up with a Christmas spice cake with custard. In short: quite a treat!

Check out the three other boxes – the Rudolph, Santa Claus und Nikolaus:

Rudolph: South Oldenburg duck reared at Nobis poultry farm served with port jus, red cabbage, wild cranberries and potato dumplings from the Zielke organic farm. To follow cheesecake speculoos cake with plum compote from Brodowin in Brandenburg.

Santa Claus: Goose paté served with apple, goose fat and fried onions sourced from the Nobis poultry and Zielke organic farms. Homemade sourdough beer bread, goose consommé with mushroom dumplings from the mushroom garden (2 per person), South Oldenburg goose reared at Nobis poultry farm served with port jus, red cabbage, wild cranberries and potato dumplings from Zielke. To follow cheesecake speculoos cake with plum compote from Brodowin in Brandenburg.

Nikolaus: Potato soup from Brodowin and Zielke farms, black pudding with Angeln Saddleback pork from Hirschaue in Brandenburg, South Oldenburg duck reared at Nobis poultry farm served with port jus, red cabbage, wild cranberries and potato dumplings from Zielke. To follow cheesecake speculoos cake with plum compote from Brodowin in Brandenburg. (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Katharina Bohm for Wild & Wiese)

Wild & Wiese dinner boxes can be ordered online and will be delivered up to and including 24.12.2020 free of charge in Berlin and nationwide for an extra charge.

@wild_und_wiese

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