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KOLYMA2: FAIR FOOD DELIVERY FOR LUNCHES AND DINNERS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

KOLYMA2: FAIR FOOD DELIVERY FOR LUNCHES AND DINNERS WITH A SOCIAL CONSCIENCE

We are big fans of #supportyourlocal, but what about the riders and drivers who bring that tasty dinner to your door? Kolyma2 is a food delivery service that puts the rights of these committed couriers front and center, offering a truly local and social alternative to multinational takeaway startups. Named after a character in the film Burn After Reading, the rider-owned delivery collective was launched in August 2019 by former Deliveroo couriers Stefano Lombardo and Christopher Mäuer. Kolyma2’s platform is modest, prioritizing personal and sustainable service over fancy apps and free all-hours delivery. Their 40 restaurant partners are mainly in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Neukölln, with Cee Cee picks such as GoldiesHoly Flat and Chez Dang all on board – check out the delightfully lo-fi website or app to see your local options. Our tasty lunch from the Friedrichshain branch of Mercosy came courtesy of rider Max, who delivered homemade Korean favorites including salmon sashimi and a bibimbap with sea asparagus and tofu. What made it all the more tasty: knowing that our rider was as well cared for as the food itself. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Michael O’ Ryan)

Kolyma2 delivers for lunch and dinner, daily 12–22h. The selection varies by location and time – check the website for delivery options and prices.

@kolyma2u 

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RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

While this gem of an italian restaurant opened in 2019, for us Re Cucina was a summer 2020 discovery. We spent warm evenings sat on the simple curbside benches, but things are pleasant inside too, with just five tables for a casual, family atmosphere. Founders Allegra and Giuseppe from northern Italy are as warm, charming and casual as the cuisine itself. The small menu is vegetarian-friendly and highly seasonal: the handmade burrata with peach and hazelnut and the autumnal pumpkin casarecce now give way to a wintery wild boar lasagne. As for the ingredients themselves, the organic produce is sourced from both Brandenburg pastures and Italian suppliers. Re Cucina fits every function, whether an intimate dinner for two or a group feast where you share the whole menu with a bottle of wine. And while this compact restaurant has had to close its doors to diners during the lockdown, you can still get the dishes to go – just the thing to bring the summer back into a winter-tinged living room. (Text & Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Note: the photos above are for illustration purposes only and were taken before the lockdown. The Cee Cee team are observing all current Covid–19 rules. This feature is intended to support restaurateurs throughout the current period and beyond.

Re Cucina, Graefestr.78, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 12h30–21h
See here for details of how to order takeaway. 

@recucinabar

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FISH AND SEAFOOD ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER: PERUVIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AT RESTAURANT LILA

FISH AND SEAFOOD ON PAUL-LINCKE-UFER: PERUVIAN AND INTERNATIONAL CUISINE AT RESTAURANT LILA

It’s well-known that Peruvian cuisine borrows some of its flavors from Japan. But spaghetti with truffle and caviar? “I cook what I like,” explains Lila’s Omar Ben-Hammou with a smile. And it works! After stints at New York’s Le Bernardin and Melbourne’s Attica, the half-Peruvian chef has now settled on the Paul-Lincke-Ufer. In a Hinterhof behind Zola, Omar has opened an eclectic dining room, with oversized dreamcatchers and a sea-blue tiled open kitchen. Everything on the menu gives us deep wanderlust: a tuna tartare Nikkei style with wasabi roe and sushi rice crackers; barbecued razor clams; crescent-shaped octopus with hummus and a rich chorizo emulsion; and salmon in a dashi broth – it’s enough to make you forget you’re not by the sea. The desserts are anything but ordinary: a panna cotta with white chocolate and crumble, and an unbelievable caramel flan served with a dollop of cream. For liquid accompaniment, pisco is the way to go. Lila is the perfect place to get a taste of Peruvian cuisine – not to mention the excellent truffle pasta. (Text: Eva Biringer / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Lila, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tues–Sun 18h30–23h
@lila.restaurant

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PALAZZO ANTICRISI & VICTORIA TACOS POP-UP — INSTALLATION MEETS WINE SPÄTI MEETS MEXICAN STREET FOOD

PALAZZO ANTICRISI & VICTORIA TACOS POP-UP — INSTALLATION MEETS WINE SPÄTI MEETS MEXICAN STREET FOOD

At Torstraße.74 sits a surreal place for surreal times: Palazzo Anticrisi, a temporary installation at the former No.74 clothing store that offers a unique space for social interaction. Working with Berlin architects Something Fantastic and Sam Chermayeff, founder Fabian Johow has created a room that brings the outdoors in: bathed in ruby-red light, the hall-like space features an oversized street lamp in the middle looming over sparse bench-style seating. Austere yet sociable, it’s a fascinating place to spend time – yet there is more to do, for from now until December the space is also home to a kiosk offering a good selection of natural wines to enjoy there or to go (Thu-Sat). On Fridays and Saturdays, meanwhile, the palace opens its doors to a spicy popup by Victoria Tacos. Fresh from an Art Week stand at the Wilhelm Hallen, the Mexican food pros are now based at the Palazzo, serving deliciously non-traditional tacos in vegan (king oyster mushroom), vegetarian (melt-in-the-mouth jackfruit) and meaty (slow-cooked pork) varieties. Get your order with a bottle to go or pick out a comfy throne and enjoy a session of food, drinks and thoughtful contemplation – just like an Italian aristocrat. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Conrad Bauer)

Palazzo Anticrisi, Torstr.74, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map 
Wine sales: Thur–Sat 17–22h 
Victoria Tacos pop-up runs Fridays and Saturdays 12–20h (eat in or take away)
@anti_crisi 
@victoriatacosberlin

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KONG: A FIVE-COURSE TASTE JOURNEY THROUGH SICHUAN — RECOMMENDED BY CARINA SCHMITZ

KONG: A FIVE-COURSE TASTE JOURNEY THROUGH SICHUAN — RECOMMENDED BY CARINA SCHMITZ

“Jetzt bitte schütteln!” says Tong Liu, founder of Chinese restaurant Kong, as he serves us each a plate with a paper bag on it. We shake, and are amazed, for the resulting culinary artwork is not just highly Instagram-worthy, but the most intense taste experience: tofu balls marinated with Ma pepper (a type of Sichuan pepper) with notes of cooling basil entwined with delicate rice noodles. The first of five courses, the dish is a triumph of careful design – no doubt thanks to chef and co-founder Ling Ma’s architecture training, which she has also put to work on the lovingly handcrafted Chinese urban-chic interior. Kong attaches particular importance to authentic ingredients and genuine spice rarities, such as the hard-to-find “Fish Mint”, which the team grow themselves. The menus change every month, with vegan or meat options available. Select teas and rice wines complete what is a memorable dinner. (Text: Carina Schmitz / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Carina Schmitz is a digital marketing specialist and hobby beekeeper and calls Friedrichshain her home.

Kong, Niederbarnimstr.4, 10247 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Wed–Sun 19–22h, booking required.
@kong.berlin 

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