I’ve been eating a ton of breakfasts in Berlin – starting from the 2003 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with sweaty cheese in Friedrichshain to the 2016 2hrs-min wait-time at the hottest pop-up in a deserted factory in Moabit. I love my classics as much as I love a playful and creative menu, I value good coffee as much as its alternatives. So here’s my choice of breakfast excellency – from a quick Simit in Kreuzberg to extended Palestinian-Israeli feasts in Prenzlauer Berg, Southeast Asian twists on brunch classics in Neukölln as well as the classic German Frühstück in Lichterfelde.
Are you frolicking in the sun while reading this? Reveling in the great expectation that is a long, free weekend with tons of sunshine and warm weather? Ohh, me too! Nothing quite like Berlin awakening from six months of depressing grey and remodeling itself into the green oasis we all love and need. After ten days in Shanghai, where I ate excellent food from morning till night (guide still to come), I’m readjusting to the local circumstances by being extra careful where to exchange money for food. So this one’s mostly old faves (plus a new highlight all the way at the end of the post). Starting today, I’ll be on the lookout for new food spots, and will let you know about the success of my discoveries asap, hopefully. Until then, enjoy the weekend!
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.
Two years ago, I had a french toast in Berlin that was so delicious, to this day, I revel in the memory of its perfection. Soft and eggy, and at the same time crispy and charred, and just mega great. But it was only served for a couple of weekends in the fall of 2015, plus a one-day come-back at Stil in Berlin’s birthday breakfast market last year. It’s probably the hardest-to-find french toast in this city. So stop what you’re doing right now and listen: it’s BACK! Just for another two weekends, so better be quick and go book your table at Bunsmobile’s brunch take-over in Kreuzberg’s Nudo.
A weekend of heavy and delicious over-eating is coming up, let me tell you that – because before you’re heading for burger heaven at Burgers & Hip Hop’s Smoked Meat Special, you’ll have to join the feast that is the seasonal morning food celebration Das Brunch. It’s the tenth edition, and maybe even the last? This time, it’s happening in a former freight depot turned center for arts and culture, ZK/U, in Moabit, it will definitely be a feast for the eyes and your palate, with brunch dishes that fuse Australian, German, and Middle-Eastern flavours – read on for a droolworthy menu-preview!