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.
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.
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.