If you ask me, when it comes to vegan food, Berlin still has a lot to do. Yes, there’s the wonderful Veganz with its two stores, and there’s the delicious Goodie’s delis (who just opened their fifth joint in Schlachtensee, but is not thinking about Mitte or Kreuzberg…), and then there are the gazillion vegan burger or burrito places, but if you’re not at all going for this fast vegan food, it can be difficult.
But what am I talking about, there are possibilities, and one very fine for a delicious 100% vegan dinner is Lucky Leek.
Disregarding the not-quite-as-funny name and the rather mundane interior style, this restaurant on Kollwitzstraße is actually offering very fine vegan cuisine with an excellent service. I wanted to have dinner here for ages, so when Fabian Hart and I were looking for a place that would be able to deal with his vegetarian and gluten-free diet, the time had finally come. It was no problem to get a table for two on a Thursday night, although the place was fairly busy. Starting of with gourmet popcorn with herbs and olive oil, we were then in for a treat with every course being delicious and original.
My starter was excellent, the flavorful pumpkin dumplings came in a spicy broth, and although the Kimchi did not meet the quality of Fräulein Kimchi (I consider myself spoiled), it was a good addition.
We both decided for the mushroom risotto with eggplant-pumpkin rolls, sweetpotato tempura, spinach pistou and radishes. It didn’t only look very appealing, it certainly was delicious. The different components, especially the raw beetroot cut into giant spaghetti and the fresh basil, blended into a very tasty experience.
The service is lovely, to say the least. Concerned and attentive, and with just the right amount of enthusiasm for the food and drinks they serve, we felt very well taken care of. Actually, our waiter was so friendly, Fabian in between assumed, he would’ve noticed I am actually doing this blog and might write about the dinner. But, careful observation showed, that he spent just the same time and verve on the serving of all other tables.