Coming back from Venice and the opening of the Biennale di Arte, I needed some me-time. No crowds, no lines, no waiting, no mediocre food at exorbitant prices. And found myself next to the canal early on Sunday, dropping into one of my favourite spots to have coffee and a sandwich, Populus Coffee, to discover they do more fancy brunch dishes on the weekend!
By now, having brunch on the weekend needs to be planned, aka making reservations or showing up quite early to still score a table. However, don’t underestimate the power of a rather excessive breakfast during the week. How about taking your time on a Friday morning, get down to Neukölln’s cutesy, inner-city village called Rixdorf, enter the pretty location of Hallmann & Klee and enjoy a plate of charcuterie, cheese, soft boiled eggs, and obviously don’t forget to order the pancakes.
The thing is, why wouldn’t you eat Käsespätzle for breakfast? Especially if they come with a poached egg on top, roasted mushrooms, spicy dukkah, dill oil, and oven dried onion (9 Euro)? Not in for the Käsespätzle fun? How about a poached egg on top of beet puree, mangold, ruccola and pomegranate salad with roasted veggies and fermented pomegranate skin jus (8 Euro)? Or maybe buttermilk biscuits with creme fraiche scrambled eggs, sausage and gravy (9 Euro)?? Yeah I know, this all sounds amazing! And it’s here for you to eat every single weekend at the just opened Sweethearts café in a quiet side street off Hermannstraße.
Don’t let the current rays of sun and shine fool you, Berlin winters are the worst! THE WORST!! There are no upsides to freezing temperatures, dark days, low hanging clouds, having to wear the same black coat day in, day out, eating only apples and cabbage because nothing grows in this Siberian climate. But wait, what about long winter nights spent in cosy bars with loads of dark wine, some treats, and good friends to share your desperation with? Isn’t that “nice”? Ja, Ja … I mean, I guess one could call this a delightful way to spend the icy days… especially if natural wine comes together with delicious food in a suprime pairing at this bar in Neukölln one could say there are way worse places to be right now.
Brunch in Berlin has become so good, it’s sometimes even hard to decide where to go and indulge in morning food. It almost looks like as if this guide needs an update soon. What definitely has to go in there is The Future Breakfasts new weekend brunch at Isla Coffee in Neukölln – with their breakfast menu featuring their beloved eggs benedict, but also jerusalem artichoke hummus, panzanella and – probably most important – french toast! Or Arme Ritter, as we Germans call it.