In a modest, compact location in Friedrichshain you’ll find Aleppo Supper Club, the brilliant Syrian restaurant serving up fresh middle-eastern dishes packed full of flavor. The eatery’s founder, Aleppo-born Samer Hafez, moved to Germany in 2014 after the war interrupted his studies. Having worked in the restaurant business for several years, Hafez decided to open his own spot for Levantine cuisine in 2018. The fixed menu includes the likes of colorful salads packed with coriander, cucumber and pomegranate, metabel (a fresh hummus and aubergine dip), moreish flatbreads, and ‘awraq aleanab (stuffed vine leaves) – and that’s just the starters. You can order a selection of these small plates to share, but the mains are just as tempting, with delicious rice dishes with fresh ingredients including many vegan and vegetarian options. The restaurant itself has a small, snug interior plus an expansive terrace with 11 tables outside for alfresco dining. The seating area is a sun trap (when the sun is there, that is) making it the perfect spot for chilled Sunday afternoons over late lunch and tea. From 11h, sweet breakfasts are also served and the team offers catering for events – perfect for sharing the Levantine love at your next Covid-safe gathering!
Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Aleppo Supper Club & Nataliya Vaitkevich