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PAOLO PINKEL: ONE PLACE, THREE KITCHENS FOR DINNER AND DRINKS

PAOLO PINKEL: ONE PLACE, THREE KITCHENS FOR DINNER AND DRINKS

Three independent kitchens in one restaurant? Impossible? Not in Paolo Pinkel, where Chinese food meets both Cypriot and Peruvian cuisines, and where you can choose a favorite dish from each kitchen and taste it all. The concept is simple: Once you’ve ordered and paid directly at each kitchen, the dishes will be served straight to your table. Our particular favorites: the vegan ceviche from the Peruvian kitchen, the Cypriot lamb chops with eggplant cream and the Ran Mian, a wheat noodle dish by Koch Wing, the chef behind Burnin Noodles. If you’re wondering what the name is all about, perhaps you remember the sex and drugs scandal involving German politician Michel Friedman, or the 80s musician Falco with his slicked back hair. It’s an association that’s a little sleazy, wicked, and punk, but it’s implemented with passion. The restaurant’s bar is just as attractive, offering tasty cocktails to wash the food down with. And Paolo Pinkel are widening their concept: from a weekly Sunday brunch, to “Late Night Munchies” to musical spectacles, the three owners Kubilay Akkaya, Nick Kapros and Sebastian Schwendner are just bursting with new ideas for their restaurant. So bring along all your friends – there’s something for everyone to try. (Text: Rosa Künzler / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Paolo Pinkel und das Schnabulat, Karl–Marx–Str.55, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map

Kitchen: Daily 18–23h, Sun Brunch 10–15h

Bar: Daily from 18h

@paolopinkelberlin

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CHANYU XU RECOMMENDS: DINNER DIRECT FROM THE GARDEN AT CAFÉ BOTANICO

CHANYU XU RECOMMENDS: DINNER DIRECT FROM THE GARDEN AT CAFÉ BOTANICO

I discovered Café Botanico last summer when strolling around Neukölln. As with anything great in Berlin, the outside frontage of the cafe doesn’t look like anything special. But inside lies a 1000 sq. m magical wild garden where herbs, fruits and vegetables are grown and a beautiful cafe which cooks up the ingredients into homemade, Italian-inspired plates. The garden there is said to be the only one in the city with an organic certification. With over 200 edible plants, there’s plenty of room for creativity in the kitchen. Dishes change with the seasons and are mostly plant-based, vegetarian or vegan. The fresh pasta with wild herb salad is one of the best meals I’ve had in Berlin. Guided tours of the garden can be arranged too, if you want to deepen your botanical knowledge. When you visit, make sure to drop in on the bee colonies which feed on the flowering herbs. Their mild and sweet honey is used in the kitchen and is available to buy in the cafe. Sustainable, seasonal and local food doesn’t get much better than this. (Text: Chanyu Xu / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Chanyu Xu has been living in Berlin for over a decade. She is the founder of female-focused natural nutrition and beauty company Her1.

Café Botanico, Richardstr.100, 12043 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Tues–Sun 12–22h
@cafebotanico

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MARWAN FAKHEREDDIN RECOMMENDS: KHAO TAAN FOR FRESH, FAMILY-STYLE THAI FOOD

MARWAN FAKHEREDDIN RECOMMENDS: KHAO TAAN FOR FRESH, FAMILY-STYLE THAI FOOD

Berlin’s food culture has been given new nourishment by Khao Taan, an authentic Thai restaurant that opened in February 2019. Nestled in a quiet street in Friedrichshain, it resembles a dining room and your experience there is akin to a laid-back dinner with a Thai grandmother. After several stints at food markets like Bite club and Markthalle Neun, Gaan, a lawyer turned cook, decided to open up his own restaurant. The concept is based on successive courses, including dishes you select from categories including canapés and relishes. Each guest takes samples from plates and no one gets their own individual portion; everything is shared. Don’t expect to see Pad Thai on the menu, rather be ready for novel items such as guinea fowl, young green chilli and Chinese plum. Expect succulent flavours that will dazzle you while you converse with friends and family over hand-picked wine. Khao Taan merges contrasting flavours that turn complementary, and implements distinct textures that stimulate your taste buds, showcasing the extent of Thai cuisine. The abundance of love is evident, and with Gaan’s family style offering, you are guaranteed a complete culinary journey. (Text: Marwan Fakhereddin / Photos: Khao Taan)

Marwan Fakhereddin owns and runs Simsim levantine restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg alongside his brother Jusuf. Since 2015 Berlin has been his home.

Khao Taan, Gryphiusstr.10, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain; map
Tue-Sat, 18h-23h
@khaotaanberlin

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THE HUMMUSAPIENS — AUTHENTIC LEBANESE CUISINE IN WRANGELKIEZ

THE HUMMUSAPIENS — AUTHENTIC LEBANESE CUISINE IN WRANGELKIEZ

Hummus again? Yes, because this small gem near Schlesi is special: their focus is on family quality, home-style Lebanese cuisine – it’s run by two Levantine brothers and their mother after all. The size of The Hummusapiens might seem more imbiss than restaurant, but it certainly feels unique. The atmosphere is inviting: lots of wood, cream brick, warm light, and a passionate team. In addition to the classic hummus and the good old falafel plate, you can expect deliciously crunchy salads such as couscous, fattoush or tabbouleh, freshly squeezed orange-carrot juice and (highlight!) the Hummusapiens plate. With a little bit of everything, it’s perfect for those who can never decide. You can get the dish served traditionally with meat, vegetarian or vegan – they’ll all leave you happily satisfied. Go anytime: for a quick lunch, a relaxed dinner with friends or on a Sunday night – still in your pajamas – to order some food to go. Also: don’t miss their homemade Harhana, a spicy chili paste to go with it all. (Text: Lisa Strube / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

The Hummusapiens, Oppelner Str.45, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Sun, 12–24h

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ORLANDO: DISTINCTLY SICILIAN CUISINE WITH A FAMILY FLARE

ORLANDO: DISTINCTLY SICILIAN CUISINE WITH A FAMILY FLARE

Embark on a trip to southern Italy – Orlando’s menu offers a culinary journey through Sicily in a homely atmosphere. Each dish is named after the nine main cities, plus an extra for Pantelleria Island. And with the menu rotating monthly, you’ll never run out of new interpretations on the classics. For April 2019, the Pantelleria Island salad contrasts perfectly pickled capers against a tartare of tomatoes, olives and bread crumbs; the Agrigento pairs homemade ravioli with a rich green bean and sheep’s ricotta cream; and the savory Messina offers turkey rounds stuffed with ground beef, italian sausage, parmesan, and chard. Founder Giulia Palillo sources her ingredients exclusively from Sicily and Brandenburg, placing an importance on knowing her producers in person. Look around to see pieces of Sicily everywhere: the kitchen sideboard from Giulia’s old apartment, her grandmother’s chandelier, delicate blue porcelain tiles, and ceramic pine cones, a traditionally welcoming symbol. So skip the flight south and head north to Prenzlauer Berg for some authentic Sicilian fare. (Text: Michael Rice / Photos: Johanna Rademacher–Flesland)

Orlando, Rhinower Str.10, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Tue 17–23h, Wed–Fri 12–23h, Sat 17–24h
Laperitivo (bottomless buffet): every Thursday from 18–21h
Sicilian Sunday Brunch: once per month
@orlandofoodberlin

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