BUYA — HINTERHOF RESTAURANT FOR HEARTY RAMEN AND JAPANESE TAPAS

BUYA — HINTERHOF RESTAURANT FOR HEARTY RAMEN AND JAPANESE TAPAS

The “men” in ramen means noodles in Japanese. So when you are making ramen, the noodles had better be good. That’s what Buya co-founder Sascha Brand tells us as we sit in his bustling restaurant in a Hinterhof off Reichenberger Straße. The noodles at Buya are made in-house and fresh daily on a state-of-the-art Yamato machine. When the team set out to bring their renowned ramen to Berlin after opening a shop in Florida, they began with pop-ups in Arabica, a daytime Japanese cafe that was looking for someone to take over the space in the evenings. Since July 2020, that same space is Buya both day and night, with a new fit-out that includes artworks and large wooden tables. The windows that used to box the kitchen away from customers are now open, so customers can watch chef Anthony Sweeney and the team at work.

As for the menu, you can expect the best of Japanese comfort food: Izakaya-like share plates such as Otsumami cabbage salad, Agebitashi sautéed aubergine and Chāshū pork belly. From the ramen menu you can try crispy duck with a tonkotsu broth, a vegan tonkotsu version with tofu and mushrooms, or the creamy and nutty flavors of tantan ramen. After, try a bite of mochi or Yuzu cheesecake or wash it all down with a cup of Enter Black Dot “Black Cup” sake supplied by the neighboring Sake 36 shop. P.S. There is also a Buya in Potsdam – just in case your tastebuds want to chase that umami a little further…

Text: Scarlett Peeters / Photos: Savannah van der Niet

Buya, Reichenberger Str.36, 10999 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue 16–21h, Wed–Thu & Sun 12–21h, Fri & Sat 12–21h30

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