Wait, what? Is it really Autumn already? It is indeed my friends. This summer has been long and sweaty (with the occasional rainy week thrown in to add to the moisture levels) and has come to an end. The leafs are turning golden brown, the days are noticeably shorter and yes, temperatures are dropping. When the haze of summer ends, Berlin gets active again – new events and openings, filled calendars and busy schedules are calling! It’s time for a new list of (rather) new food places I (and maybe you) want to check out in the coming weeks. (Before reading this you might want to check the one from last Spring!) Assembled from tips from friends, strolling around and online hints. I’ve not been to any of them yet (as usual), but they sound most promising out of the bunch of new openings. Ordered alphabetically, this list is neither comprehensive nor objective but I invite you to join my autumnal research.
Oh, can I ask you to take a picture, upload it to instagram and let me (us) know by tagging it #seriousneweats, in case you make it to one of those? Thanks so much guys!
The team of Lokal and Kantine have joined forces with furniture makers Buchholz to bring a new and obviously beautiful café place to Mitte. The menu is still kept small with one salad, a soup and three variations of flat bread – for example with pork Knacker, courgette, gouda and mushrooms, or mirabelle, apple and creme fraiche – which changes weekly. And since every food project this team ever started has had my love, I can’t wait to check this one out.
Joachimstraße 20, Mitte, Tue–Sat 12:00 – 20:00
Update – I went and it is even better than I expected.
When two of the superstars of the Third Wave Coffee scene open a new coffee shop it´s likely gonna be very, very, very good. Chapter One’s Nora Smahelova and TAF coffee’s and World Brewers Champion of 2014, Stefanos Domatiotis chose Friedrichshain’s Karl Marx Allee as home for their chic and minimilistic new joint, that is meant to deliver the best ever caffeine experience.
Karl Marx Allee 136, Friedrichshain, Mon – Fri 08:00–18:00, Sat 09:00–18:00
Fes Turkish BBQ
There’re definitely not enough contemporary and young Turkish restaurants in Berlin. Fes joined the select few a couple weeks ago with a menu focusing on meat, grilled at your own table. There are 16 additional meze dishes (as well as scrumptious sounding desserts), that are mostly vegetarian. Enough reason for me to test this Südstern newbie.
Hasenheide 58, Kreuzberg, daily from 16:00
One of my favorite Berlin Kimchi-artists finally opened their own place! Sadly, it’s far away in Prenzlauer Berg… However, I will make the journey for the Kimchi Poutin, and all the other Kimchi fusion dishes from American-Korean Lauren Lee as soon as possible. They’re still working on the flow and design but should be all ready to open and rule the Kimchi world in a few weeks.
Kollwitzstraße 46, Prenzlauer Berg, Tue – Thu 17:00-22:00, Fri – Sat 12:00-22:00, Sun 14:00-22:00
Every place with Shakshuka on the menu has my attention. Such as this new coffee shop-cum-record store in the most hyped area in Neukölln: Schillerpromenade . But not only that, they also serve hummus and sabih! Oh my god, please be good! This menu makes me so excited, I might already be there while you read this article.
Allerstraße 11, Neukölln, Mon, Wed, Thu 09:00-19:00, Fri – Sat 10:00-23:00, Sun 10:00-18:00
Update – Their shakshouka is pretty and pretty spicy.
This Pasticceria Italiana seems to specialize in mini-treats, their social media feed is filled with small tarts, tiny cannoli and bite sized brioche. Which totally means you can try more than usual! A very convincing concept, I must say.
Greafestraße 11, Kreuzberg, Tues – Sun 08:00-19:00
Thew newest food joint of the guys behind Parker Bowles and Prince Charles is already an instagram favorite, despite only opening a couple days ago. But their original mix of fine burgers and Korean bowls with a West coast twist found fans easily. They spilled on social media that they’re even planning on serving poke, a Hawaiian speciality.
Oranienstraße 147, Kreuzberg, Mon – Sat 12:00-22:00
Update – KIMCHI FRIES. ’nuff said.
Pig & Tiger
Berlin’s love for Korean food is pretty clear. This is yet another Korean opening, but who wants to complain about yet more kimchi, am I right? Coming from the guys of Ban Ban Kitchen, the expectations of them are huge, to say the least. Reviews are already coming in and they’ve been somewhat mixed. However, I´m interested to see.
Schillerpromenade 32, Neukölln, Thu–Tue 18:00–23:00
Opening today (!), there’s not much to report yet. Except that it’s gonna be a raw-food-only restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Nothing in this place will ever be heated above 42 degree celsius. Their social media activity promises some blueberry flax pancakes with cashew vanilla cream, and kelp & carrot zoodles with walnut pesto and hemp avocado. Sounds good!
Danziger Straße 16, Prenzlauer Berg, Mon – Fri 08:00-00:00, Sat – Sun 10:00-00:00
Melzer’s new place (still unnamed)
You might have heard of the latest break-up in Berlin’s foodie scene. Mogg & Melzer is now called Mogg and Melzer is about to open a new place in Kreuzberg is all I will say about this affair. Oskar Melzer has been working a lot in Frankfurt lately and is now bringing his money-town tested concepts to Berlin: his new place will be like a sister-restaurant to his Maxie Eisen, serving pastrami and other Jewish dishes. However, it’s not open yet, but it can’t be long. So keep your eyes on Ritterstraße 2 (and on this blog) for updates!
Update (Feb 2016) – Louis Pretty just opened and is serving pastrami sandwiches and salads in a smashing interior.