Still Delicious: Chutnify

stilinberlin chutnify

When I went to Chutnify for the first time a little over a year ago it was like a revelation – finally this city had a delicious Indian option! It came in creative South Indian street food dishes, colorful and fresh, full of flavor and bursting with color. Over the year, this pretty place managed to expand its presence with stands at Street Food Thursday and adding a brunch menu to their location in Prenzlauer Berg. I went back a couple weeks ago to check if I still liked their food. And surprise, I really did.

stilinberlin chutnify

I went for a favorite from last time, the Bombay Bhel (6,50 Euro), a mix of puffed rice, red onions, lentils, pomegranate seeds, peanuts, cilantro and much more – and it was as delicious as I remembered. As was the Thali, a mixed vegetarian plate with rice, papadam and various chutneys. The only thing that was a bit weird to me was the South Indian coffee, or Kaapi, a filtered coffee that is very slowly dripping through a special filter. The waitress – who was very nice, but also a bit slow and confused, as usual at Chutnify – told me to keep on pumping it and thus press the water through the filter. The whole thing took forever (as in 30mins at least), the coffee decoction was cold in the end, as was the steamed milk served with it. Something customers might wanna know before ordering, so they can order the mokka if they’re yearning for caffeine, like I did. Or their very good masala chai. Well, next time!

Other than that, I enjoyed it a lot, again.

stilinberlin chutnify
Chutnify

Chutnify

Sredzkistraße 43

10435 Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Eberswalder Straße

Opening Hours:

daily 12:00–23:00

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  1. Prashant on

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    A good South Indian coffee takes time. Hot water must be poured over the coffee grounds in the filter, and the decoction has to percolate through. This cannot be rushed! After that, milk and sugar is added as per taste and the mixture has to be vigorously frothed by pouring it between two glasses. I’m surprised to see it on a menu in Berlin :-)

    Great blog which is very useful for planning an upcoming visit to Berlin. Thanks!

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      Thank you :) I’ve actually read about the kaapi just hours before visiting Chutnify that day, so I was happy to see it on the menu! However, the way they serve it doesn’t really work for the customer, I’ve read somewhere it can take hours to percolate! Not only is the coffee cold in the end, the milk is too. So better stick to their chai…

      Hope you’re having a great time in Berlin!

  2. Linda on

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    Everything looks amazing! :)

  3. Sarmishta on

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    Surprised to see Kaapi on their menu. True, good Kaapi takes time- but also, it’s not the customer’s job to take care of it. Street-side joints and restaurants in South India have it already done in large amounts- they add milk and serve it up tossing the kaapi between two cups, frothed up and nice every time you order. It will seem unassuming, but the result is so darn distinct and delicious, it’s hard not to chug a few a day! :)

    1. Mary Scherpe on

      This sounds like it makes a lot more sense..

  4. Johanna-Brln on

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    Yay, das Chutnify verdient ein bisschen Onlineliebe. Es ist wirklich lecker dort. :) Ich stehe ja auf diese gemischten Platten – wie heißen sie noch -, auf welchen man zum Hauptgericht und Reis auch Chutney, eine Beilage, eine Suppe und Nachtisch bekommt.

  5. Claudia on

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    I wasn’t convinced, the food was cold, the service inattentive,

  6. Joschi Mayer on

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    Finally I’ve made it last Sunday with two friends into the Chutnify (Prenzlauer Berg). The three day f us were really happy about food and the small restaurant itself. Besides the fact that my chcicken curry was a bit on the lukewarm side the food was really extra delicious. I as well can’t complain about the service – they were nice, friendly and none of the horror stories I read elsewhere in negative comments applied to us. Will be back for sure – thanks for the tip!

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