If you’re asking: what even are Manti? You’ll be proving my point that Turkish food is still not appreciated widely enough in Berlin. We (must) have a plethora of places serving the most delicious stuff, yet, I don’t find them celebrated enough (except that mishmash of a sandwich called Döner). Here to convince you are Manti, a turkish Ravioli or dumpling. Eat them at this Anatolian place in Neukölln, filled with meat or potato, served with yoghurt sauce and a paprika butter, and you will understand.
It’s called Gözleme, like the filled pastry served as a quick snack, and is located just by Hermannplatz on Karl-Marx-Straße. The restaurant is not a cosy beauty, but it has a big open kitchen where busy and friendly women work the dough, fill it and cook it fresh to order. Which is one big reason why you should come here: everything is fresh and super tasty. Now, the Manti. Admittedly, I never had Manti before, but I’ve read about it and wanted to try them forever. And I was right, these little Knödels tick every box on my comfort food list: belly-filling deliciousness of cooked dough filled with soft potatoes, covered in lightly sour yoghurt sauce, drizzled with paprika butter and loads of garlic (which you can ask to be left out when ordering, I went for it and it was … intense. But hey, it’s supposed to be healthy.)
We also had a lentil soup that had a velvety texture and balanced flavor, enhanced by added lemon, and a spinach gözleme that was wonderfully fresh and delicious. People on the internet have said for years that every gözleme here is delicious.I didn’t write down any prices, but it was cheap, the bowl of Manti cost us around 6,50 Euro. I’m almost a bit sad I didn’t know about this place before, but whatever, I will be back for more bowls of Manti.
And please, leave more recommendations for delicious Turkish food places in the comments – Teşekkür ederim!