Many of the eateries I recommend on this website are my personal favorites where I repeatedly spend my lunch breaks and dinner times. I mean, this is kind of self-evident, but it isn’t necessarily reflected in the content of this blog, since a review’s usually a one-time-thing. This is why I decided to revive some recommendations with a photographed revisit. This time it’s Kantine Neun, the more than wonderful lunch institution in Berlin’s culinary mecca Markthalle IX.
I also feel like it hasn’t yet gotten the attention it deserves, since it was more or less included in a posting introducing Markthalle IX. But it’s so good, it needs its own entry. Focussed on a contemporary kitchen with a daily share of vegan delights, the Kantine attracts a lot of hungry eaters from around the area. It is made up like a canteen, you order at the counter, pay, take a seat on a bench and wait for your number to be shouted through the halls by the chefs.
Their menu features daily specials and ongoing delicacies like a salad of wild herbs from Wilde Gärtnerei with smoked tofu (7 Euros), or Spätzle (Swabian noodles) with lentils, a Swabian classic (6,50 Euros).
I chose the stuffed mini-pumpkin with canihua, oat and mashed garlic potatos (7 Euros), my lunch partner went for the currywurst made from the so called Apfelschwein, a heritage pig breed whose main feed is apple pomace, the dried rest of apple juice production, with home-made fries and salad, which she enjoyed very much (4,50 Euros. Kantine’s kitchen is what some people call SOL, lacking a better name, it’s basically contemporary cooking with local, seasonal and organic ingredients. If someone has a good name for this, let me know, I’m looking for one.