Everybody has their own perfect comfort food. There’s comfort foods that are best served solo—like congee, macaroni and cheese, grated apple—and then there’s comfort food that’s meant to be shared: popcorn, fried chicken, fresh mango, soup dumplings, or cheese fondue. None of these are as much fun, or as delicious, when consumed alone on your couch. Hot pot is clearly a dining experience of the latter, shared variety.
After perusing your exciting recommendations here on the blog and on Facebook, I tried a burger at BBI (Berlinburger International), which turned out to be a charming hole in the wall. We sat outside, trying to place the more outlandish outfits on the slippery spectrum between accidental and intentional hipsterism, and the burgers were fine, just fine; a little on the thin and dry side perhaps, but tasty enough. Nothing to shout about on this blog though, unlike our second recommendation: Prenzlauer Berg’s Marienburger.
There’s something seriously missing in Berlin: Canelés. After Ralf Rüller stopped making them for The Barn (thanks to a lack of buyers…!?), I was devoid of any possibility to enjoy those little sweet treats with the soft center enclosed by a thick, caramelized crust. When I read on Foodie in Berlin that this new Patisserie on Brunnenstraße offered them, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.
I am rarely lost for words, but when it comes to describing my very fine dining experience at Tim Raue a couple of weeks back, I find myself rather wordless. Maybe it’s because his food is about more than just filling the stomach with something dainty, maybe it’s because of the highly conceptualized menu, and maybe it’s because of the price. Nevertheless, I’m gonna try.
Imagine a shaded backyard, furnished with simple wooden tables and chairs, in which dishes full of dainty smelling risotto with chanterelles are served for your enjoyment during lunch break. Imagine the risotto dish was preceded by a beautiful cold soup made of tomatoes and followed by a delicious mascarpone cream with seasonal berries. Imagine you’d only pay 13 Euros for this stunning lunch menu.