Do you know the German word “Abendbrot”? Those light meals with bread, sausage, cheese and pickles from a jar? Familiar foods that give you the feeling of being at grandma’s house. At Jord, the restaurant run by Michelin star chef Björn Swanson, there’s no trace of grandma’s dated furnishings. Instead, you’re surrounded by a minimalist, cozy space that brings a touch of “old” Berlin. A gray cement floor meets white walls, with delicate wood and iron tables arranged under gold-gilded beams. The welcome is warm as you’re led past a well-equipped wine fridge to your table. As for the menu, it carries the word “Tischvoll” (“full table”) and is as streamlined as the interior. Instead of being served one dish after another, all the food is presented at the same time, leaving the order in which you eat up to you.
You’ll find fresh interpretations of Leberwurst, Berlin mustard egg with char fish caviar, pickled vegetables and lettuce á la Oma Irmgard – Swanson’s grandmother. For those less hungry, there’s a pared-down option with bread, butter, radish and cheese. Wine consultant Berdanette Wullich and sommelier Maximilian Kraft keep the glasses full with the finest wines throughout the evening. Simple and sensational, this Abendbrot is one you won’t easily forget.
Text: Ines Spicker / Photos: Lukas Kirchgasser & Ines Spicker