Serving food that tastes better warmed up was André Schmermbeck’s idea when he opened G wie Goulasch with a friend in 2009. The main dish served here is clear from the name, and while André has always had jars of goulash to go, at present this is the only way to enjoy it (their full reopening is still tba). There are several options to take home, including Szegediner (pork goulash), beef goulash and for vegans ratatouille. Crucially, every dish is fried: according to André “without frying it’s not goulash”. The jars are available in three sizes and can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three months. You can pair up your chosen dish with bread dumplings or pasta plus seasonal extras like rocket pesto, soups and chutneys. For a liquid accompaniment there is a solid wine selection from Köpenicker Weinladen as well as Belgian Trappist beers and apricot liqueur. The restaurant itself exudes rustic charm and is a lovely place to spend time. But for now, you can still pick up a jar of comfort food that tastes just as good – or better – at home. (Text: Lilli Langenheim / Photos: Lukas Heibges)
CREATIVITY & COOKING — WORKSHOPS AND FOOD BOXES FROM C/O BERLIN AND BARKIN’KITCHEN
As we know, culture is a mainly online affair at the moment, and the web offerings from C/O Berlin are showing just how varied it can be. Normally, Amerika Haus at Bahnhof Zoo is home to exhibits from the upper echelons of contemporary photography, but things have switched up and now the artists are curating the show. For the C/O Berlin Hosts series, every week a different photographer is taking over the house’s Instagram account. Following Stefanie Moshammer, Joel Meyerowitz, Lina Scheynius and Adam Broomberg, Anna-Lena Krause is now set to take over with an exploration of the theme “Longing and Belonging”. From Thursday 14.05.2020 on you can get active yourself with photo and video artist Anja Hitzenberger, who with her workshop Stretch You Creative Muscles! is offering five weeks of input and guidance for your own photo practice. Also coming to your home are some culinary delights: given the gallery cafe’s current closure, food partners Barkin’Kitchenhave designed DIY meal boxes for cooking at home, featuring new seasonal recipes from founders Antonio Rilling and Frederik Jagla. They served us up a lunch package with a fresh cutlet, potato gratin and stuffed peppers, and so with our culinary needs now taken care of, we’re ready for some cultural nourishment. (Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Concepts of Harmony, 2019, Bold Rock National Park © Anna-Lena Krause, Turning Facts into Metaphors, 2018, Los Angeles © Anna-Lena Krause, Three Views on Touch, 2017, Berlin © Anna-Lena Krause & Sven Hausherr)
C/O Berlin Hosts: weekly Mon–Fri on Instagram.
Stretch You Creative Muscles! Workshop: 14.05–11.06.2020 every Thursday from 18–20h; registration online.
Barkin’Kitchen cooking boxes and products: If you order before 18h, they will deliver the following day between 12–15h
Spending our days at home means lots of cooking, which while fun can feel unrelenting with all the shopping lists, meal planning and fridge management needed. And with homeschooling duties often on top, many of us want an escape from the prepping. Enter Neukölln-based Stella restaurant, a long-time Cee Cee favorite. Owner Suzy, who also runs catering company Fortuna’s Table & Co, is now offering her classic dishes to go, plus a range of stock-up food packages all delivered to your door. We tried the Home Office package which includes several hot and cold options including NY-style sesame noodles, an uber-tasty lemon aioli potato salad, crunchy regional slaw and a coconut curry. Full of aroma and goodness, this is truly satisfying comfort food. The package itself is fun to explore, and one delivery can keep you going for up to four days, depending on how big your household is. Suzy’s offering is all about stocking up, and almost all dishes will stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of days. Our fave – one guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face – is the lemon poppy seed cake. Simply pick a package – Home Office, Lazy Days or Feed the Family – and dig in. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)
Dining in the compact 10-seat restaurant Shiori is a wonderful experience that we recommended to you in 2017. If you haven’t been there yet it is well worth putting it on your list for when restaurants open properly again. In the meantime, you can still experience some truly special cooking with one of Shiori’s to-go boxes, currently available for pickup and delivery. More than just takeaway food, these packages are like a little present – a delicate, handmade visual and culinary surprise which is intended to be savoured. Wrapped in a traditional Korean cloth called Bojagi, the delicate wooden box the food comes in is a joy to open. But it’s not just pleasing to the eye: the food itself is something special. At the restaurant Shiori serves several courses one after the other in Omakase style, where the chef is entrusted with the choice of dishes. At home, our Chirashizushi box was a dazzling, nuanced sensory experience (check Instagram for the latest offerings). All in all, it’s the perfect surprise dinner to treat your favorite person or better still yourself. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sasha Kharchenko & Sven Hausherr)
Shiori boxes can be ordered by email. Just indicate your delivery date, the number of boxes you would like to order, and whether you want pickup or local delivery.
Pickup at Shiori, Max-Beer-Str.13, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Cookies Cream and its sister restaurant Crackers really need no introduction. Founded by Heinz ‘Cookie’ Gindullis, they are true Berlin institutions. With their doors currently closed, the Cookies team are now bringing their fine dining experience right to your home with Cookies Show. Created by the team’s chefs including Michelin-starred Stephan Hentschel, the unique four-course menu is delivered so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your home – complete with sounds from Cookies’ own DJ. Zero chopping or cooking is involved: all you need to do is heat up and plate the food by following the online video from Cookie himself. And this being Cookies, vegetarians are of course well served and you can accompany your meal with a bottle from their exceptional wine selection. Just place your order by 15h, and your ready-made gourmet feast will be delivered to your door the same evening. The best bit: you can have a candlelit dinner in the privacy of your home while letting top chefs do all the work, leaving you to do what you do best: relaxing and enjoying. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Sven Hausherr)
Cookies Show: order your dinner for delivery online.