Food in Berlin: Akko

Mosabaha served with vegetables (4 Euros)
Mosabaha served with vegetables (4 Euros)

Nothing beats comfort food, and I consider hummus to be one of my favorite comfort foods – delicious chickpeas mashed with tahini and cumin into a heart-warming paste to be devoured with fresh flat bread… divine! There’s more than one recipe for hummus and I like them all, may they be Israeli or Syrian, and I am very happy I found a new favorit in Wedding, although I have no idea what nationality is behind it: Akko is a deli at the bustling crossing of Pank- and Badstraße and is equally busy. But neither the hectic atmosphere nor the simple, almost canteen-like interior say anything about the quality of the food.

A plate filled with Halloumi and Hummus (4 Euros)
A plate filled with Halloumi and Hummus (4 Euros)

Of course they serve the classics, like Halloumi with Hummus (pictured below, 4 Euros), Makali, Falafel and the likes but we were all mostly attracted by the Foual and the Mosabaha (4 Euros each). Foual (that’s the way it’s written on their menu, Wikipedia calls it Fūl medammis) is a dish made of chickpeas and fava beans and Mosabaha is, as far as I understood it, a simpler version of Hummus where not all the chickpeas are mashed, both topped with even more chickpeas, olive oil and parsley. The bowls are served with plates generously filled with mint, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives and pickled radish as well as loads of thin flat bread.

A cheese flat bread we chose as starter
A cheese flat bread we chose as starter

The place was quite crowded the Saturday afternoon we went, and although the majority were men (we were the only women-only table during the time of our stay) the atmosphere was friendly and welcoming with the staff being very helpful with our orders. Of course there’s free black tea, but don’t plan on staying here too long, your table will be requested as soon as you finished by following hungry fellows.

Foual equally served with pickled and fresh vegetables
Foual equally served with pickled and fresh vegetables (4 Euros)

Akko
Pankstraße 52
13357 Berlin Wedding

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Subway: Pankstraße
+49 30 49807544

Opening Hours:
Mon–Sun 09–22:00

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  1. mia on

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    Looks amazing! I will definitely check it out. Another amazing Vietnamese restaurant is Ben Thanh, also in Kantstraße (#78) near Amtsgerichtsplatz. You should try their soup and the pineapple mint shake! And do you know the Thai place Sakorn (Kantstr. 105)? Don’t judge the places by the outside though, they might not look like much but the food is sooo good :)

    1. Vince on

      Mia, you just recommended the two restaurants I immediately thought of reading this article, Ben Thanh and Sakorn – both ‘unscheinbar’ from the outside but serving delicious, authentic food! Ben Thanh has a decent selection for vegetarians too! Glad these places are being appreciated, as they seem to fly under the radar a bit – only really noticeable from frequently travelling Kantstrasse…So worth it though!

    2. Mary Scherpe on

      Wow, both sound amazing and will instantly get a spot on my to-do list :)

  2. dudu on

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    I was a little disapponted: I tried the Súp Rau thinking that was a vegetarian one…but was not.

  3. Elle on

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    Looks yummy!

    Elle

  4. hmmm on

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    I have a question about Vietnamese food in Berlin.. it’s not like the Vietnamese food I’ve had in other cities (NY,London,Paris,LA, SF) …. Basil, beans sprouts, mint etc on the side with pho or almost any dish ..how about a bahn mi? nem w/ bo bun noodle bowls.. will someone pls enlighten me? or tell me if there is somewhere here that does this style i miss it..

  5. Emelie on

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    The coconut milk + lime + pineapple + mint shake… to die for. Order 2 at once, that’s my advice!
    Oh and extra plus for the aaaamaziing 2000-2002 hip hop that was played at my visit, with the matching interiour it made me feel like I was in a Ashanti video <33

  6. Alexandra on

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    I followed your recommendation and checked out Saigon Green – I was impressed! It was a little different to the Vietnamese I have been accustomed to from Sydney but mainly due to the use of fresh, refreshing ingredients. Thanks!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Happy to hear that!

  7. LL Cool J on

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    This does not look really Vietnamese to me :D…

    If you get your hands on the following, try it out:

    Bun Rieu
    Banh Quon
    Canh Oc
    Cha Ca La Vong

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