I said it before, having breakfast in Berlin is not as easy as you think or hope. Many places interpret breakfast as a plate filled with dried-out cheese covered with bits of sugary jam and decorated with sad pieces of fruit. Trying to find a place with decent egg dishes served in a pleasant atmosphere is a constant struggle – Mitte, for instance, basically offers three spots to spend your Sunday mornings – Enjoying Mogg&Melzer’s Shakshuka, Meierei’s scrambled eggs or the fabulous breakfast at 3 Minutes sur Mer.
I’ve been raving about this place before and usually put them on lists of recommendations for friends – their bright and spacious interior with wooden tables and chairs and a beautiful bar, the open window into the kitchen and the giant windows looking out onto busy Torstraße serve as the perfect background for the delicious food.
3 Minutes sur Mer is the bistro-offshoot of Bandol sur Mer, its haute-cuisine-sibling next door, and thus the focus of the kitchen is clearly French cooking. Which means: Croque Madame and a French version of the American classic Eggs Benedict for breakfast!
However, these classics might not look like you know them from other places – the egg dishes are served on a wooden board and accompanied by a salad (I was happy to see they stopped serving the salad on top of the eggs, making all of it taste like vinaigrette). The Croque Madame is essentially the Croque Monsieur, a cheese and bacon sandwich with house-made rosemary bread, but topped with a sunny-side-up.
All portions are quite filling, qualifying for a hangover-breakfast as well as a starter into a grey and cold Sunday. Just one let-down: breakfast is only served on weekends.