Food in Berlin: Yarok

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The myth of Berlin’s multiculturalism, its mix of many different cultures and nationalities prevails as one of its current perks. While it’s actually a very German, very white society shaping this city, and more of a coexistence of several ethnic groups rather than a real mixture. This Berlin (or German) characteristic gets all the more clear to me when travelling and seeing cities with an actual diverse community.

However the various residents of Berlin mostly mix in one certain place – an arabic food vendor. Everyone can agree on the very fine selection and quality of Middle Eastern and Arabic food in Berlin, may it be Turkish, Persian or, as in this case, Syrian. Yarok is a little deli in my neighborhood, and it’s the one I rely on when I want some fresh and quick but delicious comfort food. Like a hot chickpea soup with halloumi, a giant plate filled with falafel, various salads and fresh yoghurt sauce, or a surprisingly light and dainty Fattoush, a salad with toasted pita bread. The interior is rather colorful, bright wall colors meet with patterned stools, but I am not visiting this restaurant for its design anyway. The food prepared and sold here is one of the best arabic foods I found in my almost 10 years of living in Berlin.

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  1. Anonymous on

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    I guess you mean ‘Middle Eastern’ as Turkey and Iran (as opposed to Syria) are not Arabic countries. Equally delicious food nonetheless!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Thanks for the hint, I always get confused with the political correct names, as in German we still and frankly call it “oriental” when it comes to food.

  2. StreetLounge on

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    Mm, your food-posts always looks so delicious! :)

  3. Patricia E. on

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    Helo my dear,
    youre so right it´s a really lovly place and so good food there too!

    Lovly Post, P-

  4. Joel on

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    In British English, “oriental” isn’t considered pejorative (although I can of course understand why one might consider it to be so) but it is used to mean the Far East (China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan etc) rather than the Eastern Mediterranean/Arabia/etc. I didn’t intend a manners lesson, more just a comment on my confusion at German menus etc.

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