If you’re looking for a restaurant that brings heat to your palate, Kramer is the place to go. Given its location – in the middle of the Kreuzkölln melting pot – it’s fitting that this eatery is a cosmopolitan affair. The food blends Japanese and Filipino cuisines with a Mexican touch, while the kitchen centers on a big open grill fired by the original fuel: wood. The kitchen is staffed by a five-strong team originating from Argentina, Italy, Japan and Germany and led by Fabian Kramer, who has created an experimental dinner menu full of charred, smoky flavors. As for the dishes: how about gently smoked celery mushroom lasagne and a charred beetroot with avocado habanero cream? Or duck dumplings in their own broth served with kimchi and hollandaise?
The food comes in ceramic tableware made by Fabian himself, while the interior is equally creative, with purple tones and a dark-meets-light atmosphere. The addition of plants watered by an automatic irrigation system gives the place a laboratory-turned-glasshouse vibe. To accompany the food, there’s barrel-aged wine by the sommelier Ben Tobis as well as mezcal negronis and mezcal sours. Kramer takes reservations, but you can also drop in for a drink, a few light bites or – our favorite – fully-fledged dinner and drinks. Wood-fired heat to warm our bones? Yes please!
Text: Dave Alcantara / Photos: Robyn Steffen
Kramer, Pannierstr.41, 12047 Berlin–Neukölln; map