I put this one in the list of 10 new places you have to try this Autumn, although it was already open for about a year. Because I hadn’t heard about it before and was too intrigued to double-check when I saw they had Shakshouka on the menu. In case you didn’t know, it’s a dish where eggs are poached in a sauce of tomatoes, peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin, and it is delicious as breakfast food. Gordon, a café / record shop in Neukölln (where else?) serves a very fine version of this homey comfort food. Which is why it is now part of the quick and easy breakfast guide.
Gordon is very pretty in the way cafés are pretty these days: bright wooden, slightly makeshift looking furniture, rough brick wall, and many a hanging or standing, oftentimes succulent plant. The atmosphere is as easy as is this part of Neukölln, located beyond the Tempelhof airfield, tucked away in a side street of the very busy Hermannstraße, life doesn’t start before 11am. However, Gordon is open for you from 9am (except Tuesdays) and offers a short but convincing Israeli menu: there’s Sabih, that outstandingly sandwich combining egg, aubergine with tahini and pickles; there’s Hummus, served with pita bread and aubergine, if you like; there’s a roll called Gordon, puff pastry filled with aubergine, tomatoes, pickles, tahini and egg; and there’s Shakshouka. Everything is served with Skhug, a Middle Eastern hot sauce.
Although I first was a bit disappointed about how small the portion seemed to be (served in chic enamel dishes, of course), the flavorful combo of the rich and spicy sauce, the creamy tahini served on the side, and the egg were just what I expected, if not better. Shakshouka is a trend I support to the fullest.