Well… as unapologetic as I might be about my scepticism for anything Friedrichshain, I never gave up on the district and – stop the press – here’s a new and utterly delicious reason to hit the always crowded streets around Boxhagener Platz: to get a bowl filled with intense broth and perfect ramen noodles at Hako, to sooth the pain of what seems like a once again never ending winter.
A new ramen place has come to Berlin! A city that is rather spoiled when it comes to this Japanese noodle soup thanks to Cocolo, who’s been serving delicious ramen since I don’t even know when (at least 2006). Will this new contester, who comes directly from the heart of Germany’s Japanese community, Düsseldorf, be able to win hearts, maybe even dethrone the favorite?
You know this feeling, when the days get shorter, the temperatures sink and the rain gets heavier, and you’ve had a crazy day at work and feel that certain Berlin winter depression slowly lurking for you. And then you know what’s helping: a heart-warming Japanese noodle soup from Mitte’s best Ramen place: Cocolo. Just once you arrive you’ll realize, that you’ll have to get in line to get a seat. The tiny place at Gipsstraße 3 is usually crowded minutes after opening at 6pm and people line the street despite temperatures being well below zero. And then you worry how much your mood will drop while waiting and how many soups you’ll need to have to push it to a bearable level. But Berliners, fret no more! Cocolo Ramen opened a second location during the summer in Kreuzberg, which is not only remarkably bigger but also offers lunch. Winter is saved.