If I had to eat one dish for the rest of my life, it would probably be tacos. For a long time, I could only dream of places like the Taquería Orinoco and the carnitas meat tacos at the famous Mercado de Medellín market in Mexico City. Luckily 2021 has seen Berlin welcome some new taco-based additions: at Markthalle Pfefferberg, Taqueria El Oso serves up excellent tacos “al pastor” with pork and pineapple while on Maybachufer, Victoria Tacos has a vegan take on the dish with king oyster mushrooms. My favorite however remains the Sabor a mí food truck, which has moved from Friedrichshain to the courtyard by the Acud cultural center in Mitte. The atmosphere there is so warm and relaxed it’s become my second home.
That this Mexican stand is a family business becomes obvious as soon as you join the order queue: you see Mario Vázquez cooking and his wife Ellen Häring de Vázquez taking care of the bookkeeping and communication while their son Pablo and his team manage sales and organisation. We recommend ordering three tacos and eating your way through the menu, which includes the original carnitas, a vegetarian option with hibiscus flower and a hibiscus juice drink to complete the experience. Sabor a mí shares space with Señor Ceviche’s trailer, whose Peruvian creations are also excellent. The food is served on beer benches in the open air, and if you’re lucky, there will even be live music playing.
Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Sophie Doering