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HEIMWEH: KING OF COMFORT FOOD — RECOMMENDED BY LEAH DOLAN

HEIMWEH: KING OF COMFORT FOOD — RECOMMENDED BY LEAH DOLAN

“Hast du Heimweh?” might be a familiar phrase for many foreigners in Berlin. Nestled opposite Gorlitzer Bahnhof, the word takes on a deeper meaning in the form of a family-owned Turkish restaurant. Heimweh, which literally means homesick, has been serving traditional Turkish kumpir, manti dumplings and tiramisu since 2016. The restaurant puts you in control of your kumpir and for this reason, it’s comfort food at its finest. Your potato can be dressed up as a hearty carnivore’s dream or dressed down with lighter varieties. From fiery jalapeños to fresh guacamole, you’re encouraged to build until bursting point. Come after 14h to avoid the lunch rush and enjoy a cup of complimentary Turkish tea, sit by the large, golden samovar and watch the world go by. Glowing with authenticity, love and care, Heimweh was the first place I came to eat when I moved to Kreuzberg. Now, since leaving Berlin, I have “heimweh” for Heimweh. (Text: Leah Dolan / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Leah Dolan is a freelance writer and copywriter. Formerly based in Berlin, she has returned to London to study for her Masters in Arts Journalism.
Heimweh, Skalitzer Str.100, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Sun, 12–22h
@heimweh_xberg

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BUTTERHANDLUNG: RELAXED CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD — RECOMMENDED BY LENA GERECKE

BUTTERHANDLUNG: RELAXED CUISINE FROM AROUND THE WORLD — RECOMMENDED BY LENA GERECKE

When I moved to Berlin in the summer of 2018, the Butterhandlung was the first restaurant I visited as an official Friedrichshain resident. A year later, I still regularly meet friends here to feast on the truffle tagliatelle (the big portion!), sip white wine and enjoy the three butter variations with the best bread. As the name suggests, the Butterhandlung was once a place solely for the preparation and selling of butter. The name suggests something familiar yet joyous – the classic 250g knob of butter. Simple, yet indispensable (in its vegan form too!). It’s thus understandable that the restaurant simply adopted the former shop’s name. The menu has a lot to offer. From pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese balls) and homemade pasta, to beef ragout and grilled octopus, everyone gets their culinary money’s worth here. The restaurant also includes the neighboring Bar BoBu, into which you can stumble after dinner and end the evening with cocktails and live jazz. (Text: Lena Gerecke / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

Lena Gerecke has been working in the music and media industry for over ten years. She moved from her hometown of Munich to Berlin in 2018.

Butterhandlung, Schwarnweberstr.54, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map.
Mon–Sat 17–0h, Sun 15–0h
@butterhandlung

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FES: GRILL-IT-YOURSELF TURKISH BARBECUE — RECOMMENDED BY JACLYN SIU

FES: GRILL-IT-YOURSELF TURKISH BARBECUE — RECOMMENDED BY JACLYN SIU

Korean BBQ, but make it Turkish. In making Fes the first Turkish BBQ restaurant of its kind, owner Cem Tanriverdi is relying on people readily queuing up for some grill-it-yourself-at-the-table action. And with the choice cuts of meats to pick from (the delightful Angus beef is a personal favorite), it certainly lives up to its BBQ promises. But it’s the side dishes where the kitchen truly shines. Served tapas-style, they’re classically Turkish with distinctly modern twists: Yesil Humus (with a fun basil-almond pesto), Yogurtlu Pancar (where earthy beetroot meets a bright, tart yogurt), Patlican Kabak Ezme (featuring a perfectly smoked aubergine puree) and Rokali Haydari (possibly the creamiest Schafskäse in Berlin). The rice is buttery perfection, and the fresh bread is the ideal vessel for all your dips. Top it all off with some frothy homemade ayran or a glass of rosé — and then ask for seconds. Pro tip: make a reservation as tables fill up fast and you won’t want to miss out. (Text & Photos: Jaclyn Siu)

Jaclyn Siu is a New Yorker (by way of Hong Kong), who has been lucky enough to eat her way around the world, exploring different cultures through their palates and flavors. She’s lived in Berlin since 2017.

Fes, Hasenheide 58, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sun 17–23h
@fes.berlin

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LOVERS BY THE WATER — FIVE FOOD INNOVATORS HEAD FOR THE RUMMELSBURGER BUCHT

LOVERS BY THE WATER — FIVE FOOD INNOVATORS HEAD FOR THE RUMMELSBURGER BUCHT

If you want to make the most of the remaining summer evenings, there’s a pop-up dinner series made for you: Lovers by the Water. It takes place next week (20.–24.08.2019) in the wonderful location of Cookies Events Studio C, directly on the banks of Rummelsburger Bucht. Food is courtesy of five restaurants at the forefront of Berlin’s gastro scene. Having featured four of the five restaurant crews already, we can say with certainty: It will be delicious! Each day, one of the teams will serve a menu specially created for this series. Caecilia Baldszus, chef of Baldon, will be delighting with regional ingredients including chilli cucumbers and Bohemian dumplings. Victoria Eliasdóttir will be serving up poached oysters with white currants and rosé. The Duc Ngo’s 893 Ryōtei are bringing Nikkei (Japanese Peruvian) cuisine while the team from Cookies Cream will have vegetarian highlights ranging from aubergine with bean ceviche to grilled pineapple with saffron ice cream. Last but not least, chef Dean Sprave of Crackers serves international cuisine with unexpected twists. Which of the five summer evenings will you choose? Get your tickets before they’re gone! (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Joe Sarah, Markus Zumbansen, Cookies)

Lovers by the Water at Studio C, Rummelsburger Bucht, Köpenicker Chaussee 3–4, 10317 Berlin–Lichtenberg; map

Dinners begin at 19h

Tue 20.08.2019: Baldon @baldon.berlin

Wed 21.08.2019: Victoria Eliasdottir @victoriaeliasdottir

Thur 22.08.2019: 893 Ryotei @893ryotei

Fri 23.08.2019: Cookies Cream @cookiescreamberlin

Sat 24.08.2019: Crackers @crackersberlin

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K.W.A: THE BERLIN KEBAB SHOP WITH ATTITUDE

K.W.A: THE BERLIN KEBAB SHOP WITH ATTITUDE

Have you ever noticed how few places there are in Mitte to get a great Döner? With the opening of K.W.A (short for Kebab with Attitude) that’s all started to change. The idea for something more than just an average Döner stand came from friends Jannis, Deniz and Daniel, who, after a successful pop-up in Schöneberg, decided to set up shop. The spot needed to be something special – original kebabs with a little bit of attitude. The menu ranges from the classic versions to more creative Döner, like the “K.W.A Funky Mango” with chicken, mango cranberry chutney and coconut sauce, or the “K.W.A Moringo” with halloumi, caramelized pineapple and guacamole. The meat is sustainably sourced, and can be served either in a dürüm, pide, or on a platter. They have vegetarian options and mezze and sides too. Don’t forget to try the beetroot with walnuts and grapes. Satisfy your sweet tooth on a hot day with an Ayran soft-serve ice cream with baklava – a magical combination of sweet, salty, and refreshing, best enjoyed at a mosaic-tiled table on the cosy terrace. This new spot makes kebabs the Berlin way, never neglecting its origins or tradition, but always with attitude. (Text: Katie Burton / Photos: Johanna Rademacher-Flesland)

K.W.A Kebap with Attitude, Gipsstr.2, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Mon–Sun 12h–23h
@kwa_kebap_with_attitude

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