Chickpeas in Berlin: Akroum Snack

Dishes at Akroum Snack, Berlin Neukölln

Given the number of delis on Sonnenallee, choosing which one to visit is almost impossible for me – I prefer following recommendations and this is what led me to Akroum Snack. It’s a tiny place with an equally tiny menu and food that is super delicious.

Msabbaha at Akroum Snack, Berlin
Msabbaha, a hummus-like dish with whole chickpeas.

Despite some fish stickers on the board over the counter, the menu is very simple and contains neither fish, nor, as far as I could see, meat – there’s Foul (3,50 Euro), a hummus-like dish with foul beans, Msabbaha (3,50 Euro), a hummus-like dish with whole chickpeas, and Fatteh (4,00 Euro), chickpeas with yoghurt and fried bread. We decided to just order all three, earning conspicuous looks by the staff on why two people would order three dishes – turns out, we missed the sign left of the counter announcing the Middle Eastern small pizzas (1,25 Euro each) with cheese or thyme (or maybe even, Za’atar?), freshly prepared and baked on site. Most of the other customers ordered a mix of these pizzas with a chickpea dish, anyhow, just a reason to come back asap and try these beauties. 

Fatteh at Akroum Snack, Berlin Neukölln
Fatteh topped with fresh mint – instantly a new favorite of mine.

The Foul and Msabbaha were seriously delicious with their heaps of excellent olive oil, and the Fatteh was a foodie revelation, since I never tried it before. It’s chickpeas with yoghurt and a hinch of butter, topped with pine nuts and just a melt-in-your-mouth-happiness experience. The fried flat bread on top adds a surprising crunch. This considerably heavy dish is the perfect comfort food to fill you up for the rest of the day. Appropriately, a quick research tells me, all these dishes are typical breakfast food. Of course, with every order comes a plate of sides, olives, onions, mint leaves, tomatoes, pickled cucumbers and radish that are a welcoming, tart change to the creamy dishes.

I will be back soon, also to try my luck in finding Za’atar in one of the shops on Sonnenallee.

By the way, I would love to give you a definite statement on which kind of Middle Eastern food they’re serving – as usual, German description is either vague (they call themselves Arab kitchen) or downright offensive (Foursquare labels it as Oriental) – my guess would be Lebanese, since Akroum is a place in Lebanon and the food at least seems very Lebanese to me.
Update: Problem solved, this is a Lebanese place.

Akroum Snack
Sonnenallee 45
12045 Berlin Neukölln

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Subway: Hermannplatz
+49 30 23619319

Opening Hours:
Mon–Sun 08:00–21:00

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  1. Sara on

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    It’s most definitely Syrian/Lebanese breakfast food. In Damascus and Beirut they’re staple dishes, so to say. Not sure about Palestine and Jordan, but I will assume that there will be varieties of these dishes.

    The “pizzas” in these places are usually also topped with Za’atar, just ask (they Zatar pizzas are called Manakeesh in Syrian…)

  2. Ursula on

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    Looks delicious! Who doesn´t love a whole bunch of chickpeas!

  3. Dora on

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    Funny, my favorite hummus place is on the same street at number 54, it’s called Azzam. They are offering the same dishes and are by far the best I’ve tried so far. Thanks for the tip:)

  4. Muaaz on

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    this food can be found under different names in the Levant area including Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel but judging by the names in this article the owner must be Syrian and specifically Damascene as those are the original name of these dishes in that city.

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      thank you!

  5. silja on

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    I have been looking for Za’atar and Dukkah literally everywhere without success so far – would be awesome if you’d let us know in case you end up finding a good spot that sells either of the two or both!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      There’s a shop called Azzam, just across the street, that has a lot of Lebanese ingredients.

  6. Jana on

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    You can find Za’atar and many other exotic spices, teas, delicacies at this wonderful shop at Potsdamer Str. 93:
    http://www.harb-gmbh.de/

  7. Wahid on

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    There are many ways to make the hummus, foul and Fatteh/ Lebanese, Syrian, Palestinian, Egyptian and of course the Israely’s
    Akroum makes it the Lebanese way- He is surely the best for Foul, Msabahha, Hummus and Fatteh/ Lebanese way made.
    His Pixzzas ( Manousheh) are Ok but you can find better Pizzas in the Neighborhood.

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