You might have heard it already, maybe you’ve already eaten here during their weeks of tasting, but now it’s finally official: Stephan Landwehr and Boris Radczun, the master minds behind Grill Royal and Pauly Saal, opened a new restaurant: dóttir. Located in a still rather deserted part of Mitte (that weird block between the Spree and Unter den Linden just past Friedrichstraße), in a vacant house on the corner of Mittel- and Neustädtische Kirchstraße (?!), head chef Victoria Eliasdóttir creates dishes inspired by Nordic cuisine that already look gorgeous (on their instagram account) using ingredients like Scandinavian herbs, Icelandic barley and moss. Can’t wait to try it.
Entering Silla I immediately thought of the Simpson’s foodie episode (brilliantly called “The Food Wife”) where Marge, Lisa and Bart start a food blog to discover Springfield’s most hidden yet incredibly original food spots. Silla definitely fulfills all criteria of authenticity that so many foodies are longing to find – it’s not a restaurant, but more a food shop with some tables and a big open kitchen, all seats were taken by Korean people (one of them being a huge group of Korean women in very similar colorful yet functional attire, happily munching neon-green popsicles), the waitress’ and chef’s German was basic but friendly, and the menu was short and focussed on pork belly. My choice, however, was quickly made: Bibimbap. (Another advantage of being vegetarian is too never have too much choice.)
I seriously love how the art of brunch is evolving in Berlin – more and more spots embrace this culinary and social highlight of the week and offer elaborate menus. (The only thing missing is (still) cocktails for a beautiful day time drinking experience… but I heard some are working on that). However, the delicious brunch menu I am going to present to you now was a one-time event by two very talented young chefs from the Netherlands spreading their food love on various occasions in this city. This time, Lode & Stijn took over Silo to create a brunch that I wish was always available.
While most food-trend-forecasters (that’s a real job, yes) might bet their money on Mexican food to rule Berlin this coming months, I am personally rooting for the rediscovery of West, Central and East African food. Admittedly a region to big to assemble under one label, it seems so unjustifiably underrepresented in the Berlin food scene, that creating a generous label might proof handy for my own discovery. However, the least underrepresented of those national cuisines is definitely Ethiopia’s. And one very delicious example is located just off the canal in Kreuzberg: Langano.
What a feast it was. And not only for the 80 Burger Feast ticket holders with early entry and the chance to eat all the burgers at last Saturday’s Burgers & Hip Hop at Prince Charles. Over 500 votes for the Berlin’s Best Burger competition were collected during the afternoon, evening and night for creations filled with bacon jam, nori leafs, or kimchi patty goodness, with seven vendors from all over town serving you burger bliss garnished with massive beats. And not only to meat-lovers, all of them created a vegetarian version, some even vegan.
But who made the best burger, you ask? Who wooed the crowds? Was it Geist im Glas’ experimental approach serving burgers with a shot of whisky, or Papi Crunch’s daring addition of black pudding? Here are the results: