The German kitchen situation is a little problematic in Berlin to say the least, most of the food you’ll find is either Swabian or Alpine, but this they do well. Like the one I am presenting you today with the simple name “Lebensmittel in Mitte” (Lebensmittel being one of those pretty German words, literally meaning means to live).
Author: Mary Scherpe
Mogg & Melzer is a small Jewish restaurant located next to Pauly Saal at former Jewish girls’ school on Auguststraße with a beautifully balanced interior design and very nice artworks lining the walls. Having visited it before, I hesitated writing about them since their vegetarian options are fine, yet not as noteworthy as is their pastrami. Which is why I took my friend Florian Duijsens for a lunch, when they invited me to check out their kitchen, to guarantee a fair review.
If you’re a fashionable person in Berlin, you need to meet him, the master of quilted bags, skyhigh heels and apefur coats – Roman Vardijan is the person everyone would love to be close with, since he has the magic hand to get every vintage delicacy you can dream of. Most of his energy goes into the elaboration of his ever upgrading stock of collector’s items Chanel, Alaia, Alexander McQueen, Céline and Japanese Avantgarde designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake. The good thing is – he’s not about keeping those gems to himself, he deliberately shares them with the vintage hungry crowd in his innovative Nightboutique, offering themed selections of exquisite vintage clothing in sassy decorations after sunset.
You might all know about the tiny french restaurant, which started the whole foodie-hype of Torstraße, Bandol sur Mer. With merely twenty seats and very elaborate food it certainly still is one of the best but also exclusive restaurants on this loud and busy main street of Mitte. Lucky for us, the team behind it opened a bistro just next door on the corner to Bergstraße, with many more seats and a slightly easier menu.