When it comes to Little Joy, I might be biased, because they once gave me one of their amazing peanut butter and chocolate bars and I’ve been in love with everything they ever did since then. But literally everybody I introduce to the food of this collective is now equally smitten, so I’m inclined to state this as a fact: Little Joy is serving the best brunch food right now. And here’s their new winter menu!
There’s other delicious and creative brunch food out there, but not as easily available as Little Joy is right now. Besides creating menus for other cafés in Berlin, they’re taking over the kitchen of Bitte Coffeehouse in Kreuzberg every weekend with their winter menu featuring seasonal produce in creative combinations. Not your usual avocado on toast, but vegetables that didn’t have to be imported from far away, combined with loads of herbs, nuts, and spices. We went for the two savory vegetarian dishes, one of them lentil croquettes with roasted savoy cabbage, buttermilk sauce and a poached egg, and the creamy polenta, with roasted oyster mushrooms, dill oil, hazelnuts and poached eggs. (8,50 Euro each)
I don’t only love their food because they’re using seasonal and high quality ingredients almost exclusively, but they manage to create combinations of flavors and textures that are quite out of your regular breakfast box, and still work as your first meal of the day. The soft polenta went so well with the crispy roasted nuts and the earthy shrooms, while the tart and sweet dill tied it all together. And the lentil croquettes – crispy on the outside and full of flavor and soft inside – were pretty great, also thanks to the support of the most elegant of cabbages: Savoy.
Little Joy is also serving Croque Madame, and a more classic brunch dish of baked beans with salsa verde, mushrooms, sourdough and eggs (with optional bacon), as well as a cacao porridge with barley, oat milk and spiced apples. One can only hope they’ll start serving brunch everyday very, very soon.