A sweet, savory, spicy, salty, smokey, and sour year comes to an end. Berlin had it all: ups and downs and turn-it-all-arounds. With 69 articles, over 20 entirely new and very exciting spots, a re-designed online map, an ice-cream feast, a Veggie Bite Club, another round of successful clothing donations, and a very new printed map added to the stilinberlin family in 2017, it’s been a busy year with loads of dining, feasting, and yes, digesting on my side. Here’s a round-up of the most popular things on the blog this year.
One of my favourite openings of the year was without a doubt Kin Dee, the Thai restaurant under the direction of head chef Dalad Kambhu and restaurant manager Moritz Estermann that took over the space of renown Edd’s in the spring. From the start, Dalad made a point of focussing on the strengths of her home country’s cooking: fresh, high quality ingredients and intense herb & spice mixes. That’s why she rather uses local produce like kohlrabi or radishes than imported veggies, and makes all her pastes in house. And much to my delight, she also included plenty vegetarian dishes from the beginning. By now, six months after opening their doors, there’s a full on vegetarian menu with many new dishes, that I can very much recommend. And for all you non-veggie friends out there: the meat and fish options are seriously delicious as well, my fellow eaters usually drool over the confit octopus with Kaprao sauce, some of them saying it’s the best they’ve ever eaten.
The other day, I more or less spontaneously ended up at a brunch pop-up by Ma-Makan at Home, the coffee shop in Neukölln’s Jonasstraße: chef Kaylin Eu served Nasi Lemak, curry puffs, and onde onde. And wow, that Malaysian breakfast spread was so delicious, fresh, spicy, herby, and just all of everything I wanted to have on that particularly rainy and cold day.
Last Friday, we celebrated our fourth Warm Up at Voo Store, collecting coats, boots, tents, and such for local volunteer organisation Kreuzberg Hilft.
And while munching on Tausendsünd’s excellent Speculoos cookies and slurping hot beverages from Companion Coffee, 70 donors came around and donated 180 pieces and 172 Euros in total! At the end of the night, many of those were rewarded with the prizes we collected from local businesses, and the guys from Boxie24 schlepped over 30 filled boxes out to be delivered directly to Kreuzberg Hilft.
I’m usually not one to hold off recommendations, there’s no secret list of places I want to keep to myself, however, this one took a while and I have eaten here more than once since my first time in the summer. It’s so, so, so delicious, I’m getting hungry just writing this, so I’m sorry I’m telling you just now… however, better late than never: here’s a really good Indian restaurant in Wilmersdorf called Bahadur.