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ANIMA — LISTENING BAR THAT COMBINES GOOD COCKTAILS, BAR MENU & MUSIC

ANIMA — LISTENING BAR THAT COMBINES GOOD COCKTAILS, BAR MENU & MUSIC

What happens when two DJs and a chef meet in Berlin? Well, as of the beginning of September 2023, you can find out for yourself right on the Spree at Anima. Anima is a new listening bar and one in which everything is just right: the music, the drinks and the bar menu all perfectly aligned. Each of these things in itself would make for a perfect evening, but it all adds up to make the Anima so exceptional. Add to that the panoramic view over the Spree and the pastel interior design that we are used to (and love) from Locke Hotels. Because, yes, The Anima awaits you right at the entrance of the new Locke in Berlin: Thibault and Robin, the owners of the listening bar, submitted a concept for the vacant space, and were able to snag the place for themselves among much competition. Café by day, listening bar by night with a sophisticated menu. You can visit both without being a guest of the house – quite the opposite, in fact: they’re happy to welcome friends, familiar faces and locals. But back where it all began: Thibault and Robin have been pursuing their DJ careers for 12 years, and although they’ve played for different collectives, the two have always felt like a well-oiled team. Robin moved to London quite early, before moving to Berlin nine years ago. Thibault moved to London a little later, after studying in Paris for several years. But it was because of Robin that he decided to move to Berlin seven years ago. I don’t remember exactly where the two of them met, but it feels like they’ve known each other for ages.

Besides music, the two share a love of food and evenings together in listening bars. What is still rather rare here has been a popular alternative to the usual pubs in London for years. It was clear to both of them that they wanted to open their own bar at some point, where snacks would not only play a supporting role, but would be a fixed and important part of the evening. And for this purpose, the two brought Andrea Iannicella on board – or rather into the kitchen. Andrea has worked in renowned restaurants such as Dóttir and Kink before Anima. On the handwritten menu (which I admittedly needed to swipe simply because it’s so beautiful) you’ll find a compilation of various bar snacks with a mix of Mediterranean influences and those from all sorts of places the three have traveled. Among them, for example, the Pork Slider, which is also available with mushrooms in a vegetarian version, mussels in tomato sauce, beef tartare or classics like marinated olives and bread with butter. In addition one of the terrific cocktails, like the Paloma, served in a glass dipped in chili salt, as a crowning finale a panna cotta or profiteroles. And if you’re wondering what great music is playing with your drink, just take a look at the bar: right next to the record player, the vinyl record covers being played are presented on a designated shelf – so you always know what’s playing. Good food, a fancy cocktail, music in the background, leaning back in comfortable armchairs with a view of the Spree – Anima is the perfect place to unwind.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Anima at Locke at East Side Gallery, Mühlenstr.61–63, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
Tue–Sat 18h30–00h

@anima.berlin

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MAIYARAP — AUTHENTIC THAI NOODLE SOUPS ON ORANIENSTRASSE

MAIYARAP — AUTHENTIC THAI NOODLE SOUPS ON ORANIENSTRASSE

If you’ve already shifted into fall mode and just want to lie under the covers all day, then it’s the season for warm soups again. And there’s currently no better place for that than Maiyarap on Oranienstraße. Since the end of July 2023, Don, who you may already know from Tossakan, has been serving Thai noodle soups here. At Maiyarap, things are a little different, but there’s  one thing both places have in common: Don’s curiosity and willingness to experiment in the kitchen. How does it all taste? The best way to find out for yourself is to try one of his six “Gieuw Tiew” noodle soups. Whether with tofu, chicken leg or beef rib, each soup is served with homemade broth, fresh Thai herbs and rice ribbon noodles and delivers on texture, taste – and spiciness! For the latter, you can decide for yourself what you’re comfortable with – from not spicy to Thai spicy, it’s all there. At Don’s, soups also lend inspiration to creative beverages. For example, the “Tom Kha Sour” cocktail, based on Tom Kha soup (obviously) – a refreshing cocktail with rum, coconut milk, lemongrass, chili and coriander.

For delicious non-alcoholic options, there’s a selection of “home mades”: for example, the Cha Manao, a black tea from Thailand with sugar and lime, or the Nam Manao, a lemonade made with soda, lime and mint. And even those who aren’t in the mood for soup will get their money’s worth here with the small dishes: Steamed and deep-fried dumplings, corn patties and crispy pork belly (the absolute No.1 – next to Don and the noodle soups). One thing Don and I agree on is that the best dishes are often created late in the evening in the kitchen, when there’s not much left in the fridge, but our appetite is bigger than ever. Improvising has taught him to make a lot out of a little. We’re not talking about fine dining here, but food that reminds you of good home cooking. And so, in his noodle bar, come the most delicious soups, which make the cold days not only bearable, but one more reason to go out.

Text & Photos: Robyn Steffen

Maiyarap, Oranienstr.200, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Thu 12–15h, 17–22h, Fr–So 12–22h

@maiyarapberlin

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CILBIR, MÜCVER, KÖFTE AND MORE — ANATOLIAN TAPAS AT FOURTY YEARS KITCHEN IN GRÄFEKIEZ

CILBIR, MÜCVER, KÖFTE AND MORE — ANATOLIAN TAPAS AT FOURTY YEARS KITCHEN IN GRÄFEKIEZ

Are tapas your thing, no matter what time of day it is, morning or late evening? Then Fourty Years Kitchen in the middle of Gräfekiez might be just your new spot to put on your “To Try” list. The brunch and dinner spot is now the second location to join the Fourty Years Café, which has already made a name for itself in Kreuzberg. Alongside the friendly staff, owners Cemal and Merve personally welcome you with open arms. With the diverse options, you can choose here between cold and warm tapas, which are lovingly prepared in hot small pans and various bowls. So you can make your own favorites from a selection of vegetarian, vegan and the “I eat everything” dishes. We feasted our way through cilbir, turkish poached eggs with yogurt, shakshuka and Kibbeh – each of the tapas perfectly seasoned and prepared. In addition to the brunch highlights, there are several dinner highlights towards the evening that you should definitely try. From Mücver (Zucchini Pancakes) to Eggplant Rolls, Roasted Cauliflower, to “40ies Dürüm” and Iskender Köfte – there is something for everyone.

The homemade lemonades and non-alcoholic cocktails are another highlight on the menu, for example the Blackcurrant Rosemary Lemonade and the Espresso Martini (0.0%). When it comes to the dessert menu, it’s best to let yourself be surprised: New desserts await you every week – so you can virtually taste your way through the dessert menu every week. Our weekly menu included a delicious Muhallebi (Turkish milk pudding) with rhubarb and strawberry cream and caramelized walnuts.

Text: Paulina Noack / Photos: Luna Schaffron

Fourty Years Kitchen, Dieffenbachstr.52, 10967 Berlin; map
Tue–Fri 8–22h, Sat & Sun 9–22h

@fourtyyearskitchen

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FISH KLUB’S NEXT DESTINATION: THE CANTEEN AT ST. OBERHOLZ WITH SEAFOOD, VEGETARIAN BAR SNACKS AND COCKTAILS

FISH KLUB’S NEXT DESTINATION: THE CANTEEN AT ST. OBERHOLZ WITH SEAFOOD, VEGETARIAN BAR SNACKS AND COCKTAILS

If you only eat seasonal and fresh fish, you should be familiar with the Fish Klub: founded in 2017 by Margaux Friocourt, the club sold seasonal fish and seafood from the coast of Brittany and the Atlantic Ocean, caught and imported using sustainable fishing methods. But now the Fish Klub is also known for its legendary residencies, where you can look forward not only to seafood prepared to perfection, but the complete package: Good drinks, cool locations and a menu that will truly make anyone happy. After Fish Klub visited Lütt for several weeks, the journey now continues towards Rosenthaler Platz – to be more precise: to St. Oberholz. Together they started their very own project at the beginning of September 2023 – The Canteen – and will offer you the perfect location for casual evenings with cocktails and bar snacks for the next few months. In addition to classics like moules frites and oysters, there are also new additions: fritto misto and carpaccio go vegetarian here, and they do it damn well – along with the most delicious dips. A night out is only casual if you don’t have to compromise: here you can order as much or as little as you like, you can share or order your own shrimp roll (which you definitely don’t want to share), you can drink wine or cocktails or both, and even for those who don’t drink alcohol, they offer more than just the usual standbys. It’s loud, it’s crowded and it can be quite annoying – yes, it’s Rosi. But that’s what’s so great about visiting The Canteen for the first time: it’s loud because people are looking forward to the evening, it’s crowded because the food tastes so good and, it can be quite a pain that not every evening can be so beautifully informal.

Text: Robyn Steffen / Photos: Robyn Steffen & St. Oberholz

Fish Klub x St. Oberholz: The Canteen, Rosenthaler Str.72A, 10119 Berlin–Mitte; map
Tue–Sat from 18h. No reservations.

@fishklub_berlin
@st.oberholz

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CASUAL FINE DINING IN AUSTRIA — DISCOVER CULINARY SPECIALTIES AWAY FROM BERLIN

CASUAL FINE DINING IN AUSTRIA — DISCOVER CULINARY SPECIALTIES AWAY FROM BERLIN

In need of a break from the rush of city life, but don’t want to miss out on great restaurants and culinary variety? How about a weekend trip to neighboring Austria – with lots of nature, fresh air and of course good food? At Haus Der Unterwirt in Tirol, for example, which is now run as a family business by three sisters and is a true refuge of tranquility. It’s like a journey to another time. And no wonder, since the house dates back to 1490. The dishes have also stood the test of time for generations: Marillenknödel (apricot dumplings), braised roast beef or rabbit with polenta, accompanied by fresh herbs from the garden and a view of the Kaiser Mountains – could you possibly ask for anything more than that? Or for a change of scenery: at the Naturidyll Hotel Landhofmühle in Burgenland, it’s the 100-year-old chestnut tree that sets the scene for the regional cuisine from the hotel’s own farm garden – accompanied by a glass of wine, birdsong and perhaps a good book. Minimalism as the new hedonism, so to speak. Seehotel Das Traunsee in Upper Austria is the pinnacle of this. What’s special: here, chef Lukas Nagl, who was just named Chef of the Year, even does without a menu. Instead, the award-winning chef presents his guests with a changing, organic regional selection of ingredients, from which the kitchen team conjures up individual dishes. And while the mountainous landscape is reflected in the water, your thoughts wander far away from everyday life and the question: What is really going on in Berlin right now? We could go on forever here, because of course Styria, Carinthia, Vienna or Lower Austria also have promising locations to offer.

Text: Stephanie Johne / Photos: C.u.F. Fartek OG, June, Johannes Kernmayer

Der Unterwirt, Wildbichler Str.38, 6341 Austria–Ebbs; map

Naturidyll Hotel Landhofmühle, Windisch-Minihof 48, 8384 Austria–Windisch-Minihof; map

Das Traunsee, Klosterpl.4, 4801 Austria–Traunkirchen; map

You can find more culinary tips in Austria here.

@unterwirtebbs
@naturidyll_hotels
@dastraunsee

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