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5 Places Expats Must Eat in Berlin

1. BurgerMeister
Germans are among the world’s most voracious eaters, and when it comes to meat, they make no exception. BurgerMeister, one of Berlin’s most popular burger houses stays true to this philosophy by serving nothing but burgers, burgers, MORE BURGERS. Oh, and chilli cheese fries.

Their single vegetarian option is the tofu burger but let’s be honest, an establishment such as BurgerMeister was not designed for vegetarian options.

2. Lemon Leaf
If you’re looking for something a bit more delicate on the gut (and on the taste buds for that matter) then Lemon Leaf’s delectable array of Indochinese dishes is sure to get your saliva glands working overtime.

Inside, the bright walls and oriental décor lend itself to a calm yet lively atmosphere, serving up the smell of eastern spices and a mix of speciality dishes from Thailand, Vietnam Laos & Cambodia, including a range of traditional curries and noodle dishes, with a range of vegetarian options available.

Courtesy of Lemon Leaf

3. Crackers
Maybe you’re into a hipper and happening kind of eatery. Y’know, where there’s awesome food, but also a bar and a DJ performing whilst you eat your dinner; kind of like a club-cum-restaurant but without the ravers then Crackers is going to be right up your straße.

With a delicious, traditional menu and a snazzy website to boot, Crackers looks to be every Berlin hipster’s watering hole and restaurant combined. They also serve some interesting cocktails such as their signature highball – ‘It’s crackers’, featuring a mix of watermelon, beetroot and Finsbury platinum gin. Delectable! Although if you happen to be on your lunch break and have to return to work, they also feature a virgin version on their juice menu.

Courtesy of Crackers

4.Ssam Korean Barbecue
Enough to make anybody jump on the nearest metrotram and head on over; Ssam Korean Barbecue is located near the Görlitzer Park in the heart of Kreuzberg and offers one of the best and most traditional Korean BBQ experiences in Berlin.

The interior features traditional Korean aesthetic with a contemporary twist, offering a simple yet elegant dining experience. Grills are built right into the tables allowing the BBQ to come straight to you! Pile up the plate with gourmet Korean BBQ and a healthy dose of Kimchi and you’re flying to flavourland!

Courtesy of Ssam Koren

5. Restaurant Richard
Somewhere between the concept of an upscale French restaurant and art gallery lies Restaurant Richard. Located in the Kreuzberg district, this fancy establishment offers fine art and fine dining all under one roof; with specially curated interior design elements and a several course meal.
This restaurant is fairly pricey, weighing in at around €64 for 4 courses. However, for the quality of the artwork and the French Haute-inspired menu, it could be one expat’s guilty treat.

Courtesy of Restaurant Richard


About the author:

This post was written by Alex, who has spent much time exploring the many culinary delights Europe has to offer. Alex works for Currency UK, who offer foreign exchange services to businesses, individuals, and expats worldwide.
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Local Food Festival: Kruezberg, Berlin

The fall has definitely begun in Berlin, and the leaves are changing. Being a California girl, I have to admit, this is a beautiful time only second to summer in Berlin. With any sunlight, there are masses of people attempting to enjoy the weather. It’s nice to see as many things as possible before the long dark and very cold winter sets in. I am not different as I try it find as many outdoor activities as possible, before I have to unpack my winter coat. Recently, I found a food festival right around the corner from my place. This is yet another reason I love to live in Kreuzberg; there is so much to do!

My friend and I decided to walk down to check the scene out, and grab something tasty. The theme of the festival seemed to be local farmers and small businesses showing their products. There was a whole section for cheese, another section for anything sweet, a section for meat, another one for alcohol and one more for fresh food to be purchased. I wanted to go straight to the booze, but I figured I should eat something first so I headed to the cheese section. I love cheese by the way. I have had a wonderful time here in Europe exploring the many types of cheese. Lately, I have been in love with this pepper cheese. Today,I decided to get some raclette. This is a French Swiss cheese that is melted typically on top of bread or a potato. I had it with pickles and small onions, I had not had raclette in years it felt like, since my ex had a dinner party at the old apartment he had, so I was craving some as soon as I saw it.

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We ate our food, and watched the families walking around a bit. We then decided to make our way through the sweet section. I am not typically a sweets girl. I had my tooth pulled, and that experience alone has me afraid to eat chocolate, and I carry around dental floss. Never again will I neglect my teeth, or eat an excessive amount of sweets. I resisted most of the way until I saw an ice cream sandwich. Not just any one, it was two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. I think I almost died right there. I walked over, and heard the owners speaking English! I had to try it. They were Americans just trying to make their way by starting this company. I had to buy it, and at four euros it was a bit pricey, but I rationalized it, thinking “there probably will not be too many of these coming by you anytime soon, Kim.” I ate it.

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We walked around towards the food section, where I spotted some bacon that looked absolutely delightful. There were local farmers there emphasizing their farming techniques to be as kind to their product as possible. One poster caught my eye, because it was pure hilarity. The poster showed the process of getting their meat direct to you. You pick out a pig, they send you a picture, they murder it, and then you get your meat. “How nice!” I thought, but I really do not want to know too much about the animal that I am shoveling into my mouth at the moment. I am still considering becoming a vegetarian, so many of my friends are already.

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I was ready to try some alcohol, so we headed over to some booths who actually had samples of their products available as well. This was awesome. I tried some cinnamon likor, spotted some German whiskey (which I did not know existed) and some moonshine. I was interested in the moonshine, due to it’s history in the United States. During the era of prohibition moonshine was the liquor of choice. It is basically homemade whiskey. It even came in a jar. It was heavy. I decided to take it easy on the liquor, because I was not feeling so well after that shot of whiskey.

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I loved the day, and the weather was showing off. It is nice to see the leaves changing. Being from Southern California, fall is not the same as it is in the colder climates. I am really loving Berlin right now.

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Food: Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Hey Folks,

It is Monday for me, and I had such an amazing weekend. I had two big events to attend this weekend. Both were last minute decisions. The first was the treat of being invited to Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Zoe is a chef based in the UK who makes Ghanaian food. She is a great person and makes even better food. After she tweeted me directly, I had to check out her website. I realized I had tried to attend this event before. She periodically comes to Berlin and creates a pop up restaurants where she showcases awesome Ghanaian food.

I had never tasted traditional Ghanaian food before, well besides the chicken wings at yaam, but I am talking a traditional meal. This was the menu:

Starter

Garden Egg Salad
Mini Mashed Yam Balls in a golden gari crust
Starter

Scotch Bonnet Salsa
Kelewele
Mains

Spinach & Agushi
Nkatwenkwan
Red Red
Grilled Tilapia
Nkrarra – Chicken Light Soup
Sides

ZGK – Homesmade Shito, Yam Chips, Fufu balls

Sorry for my picture quality, I am terrible with making plates to be honest. I was really embarrassed to actually show you how messy I am when I eat. LOL

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I came a bit late to event. I did not realize I had to buy tickets, and so I had to call to see if I could pay at the door. I obviously was allowed to attend. I had no idea what to expect. I was sure there would be loads of hipsters there who think they are so cool to try something “new,” but I was hoping to see some actual Ghanaian folks. When I eat any food from a different culture, I am looking for people of that culture to be there eating. To me it says, well if they eat it, it must be good, and not the typical watered down version I have seen passed off here. For example, if I am at a American burger place, I want to see some Americans there, or lately when I went for BBQ, I wanted to see somebody that knew about BBQ there. There was in that case, by the way and they ended up having terrible mac and cheese. No onions in mac and cheese folks.. nasty. Anyways, I finally found a seat when I entered. It was packed. There were two long family style tables. I was tired, and really not interested in meeting new people, but I knew I could not avoid it with this type of seating. I ended up next to some guy that looked straight out of Color Me Badd. There was a Ghanaian man with a German girl across from me, and an American photo journalist from Southern California.

I tried to sit quietly as each course came out, but there are always curious people around me. “What are you doing here?” “Living,” I would reply. “Oh you work?” I kept thinking: No, I am independently wealthy, can I eat in peace please? I know these are the normal questions people ask, because I am obviously not German, but can I just for a tiny second be a human please and thank you. I eventually warmed up after some time of sharing the great food around me. Everything was great, especially the chicken course, which was a bit spicy for me. I am a whimp when it comes to spicy food. I think the next best was the fish, talapia, which was prepared very nicely.

I stepped outside for a bit to talk to Zoe who was as friendly as can be. She had planned to Berlin herself, and that we had a few laughs. I came back for dessert and finished stuffing myself before having a nice conversation about life in Germany with the photo journalist who seemed to have quite a story himself. It was a great night, and I was home before 12am so I think I did very well. I cannot wait to have more of this girls cooking.

Visit her website here: website

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Döner Kebab Inventor Kadir Nurman Dead

The döner is the most popular fast food in Berlin. It typically consists of flat bread, minced veal and lamb and onions. One can also substitute for chicken, and falafel, and add a variety of sauces. I had my first döner when I visited Berlin in late 2010. I thought it was the perfect snack for a late night, at least it was real food, and I was not eating a burger. Since I have moved to Berlin, I have eaten countless döners now. Drive thrus are quite rare and these places are normally open quite late. My favorite has been the one in Mehringdamm. That one is perfect. Today, I heard the inventor of my favorite fast food in Berlin has passed away.

Nurman comes from Anatolia and grew up in Istanbul. He came to Germany in 1960 and became a businessman. Six years later he moved to West Berlin and worked as a mechanic. In 1972, at Zoologischer Garten he sold his first kebab. The food quickly caught on and is a staple in the fast food mix of Berlin, that seems to have a döner place every corner. The name comes from the Turkish word “dondurmek” which means a rotating roast.

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Credit for the döner is also given to Mahmut Aygun, but I believe that Nurman was the first to bring it to Berlin with its own unique spin on the meal, although I am finding the two stories to conflict with each other.

While it is rather unhealthy to eat everyday, once a week, this dish certainly hits the spot and has started to gain popularity outside of Berlin. There is even a döner place in downtown Los Angeles, but it is quite terrible. Whether it was Nurman, or Aygun, the döner is a great invention for people looking for late night food on the go that they can carry while in Berlin. Make sure to try one if you visit.

Sources:

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7841890.stm. How unhealthy is a doner kebab? 2009
2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/4295701/The-man-who-invented-the-doner-kebab-has-died.html. The man who invented the doner kebab has died. 2009
3.http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadir_Nurman. Kadir Nurman

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Food in Berlin: Volta Burger

Hey folks,

It has been so hot lately, I love that, but this humidity is no joke. This is the problem with being a California native; we have great weather and it is hard to live any where else. I have to remember that the world is not like that, and this is why I was paying so much rent to live there, LOL.

Anyways, on my endless quest to find good food in Berlin, I just saw this Volta Burger place in Wedding. There are little burger places sprouting up throughout Berlin. Many are American style of burgers. The best again so far is of course The Bird, but I have to give it Volta, it was good. They open each day at 6pm, which I thought was late, but it really made sense. Wedding is the new up and coming neighborhood, and frankly there isn’t anything around this area it seems. I think it will take time, and perhaps they will have better hours.

The place is not really just a burger place. They have one burger on a very short menu. We basically came for the burger. The place was small and in a commercial complex of other buildings. No a/c inside so we sat outside. It is 80 to 90 degrees every day right now in Berlin. The meat tasted fresh, they use grass fed beef. Although, it seems the patties were perhaps frozen, I am not really sure. I like when a place uses ground beef and makes the patties. It was pretty typical American gastro pub type of burger. I liked the seeds on the burger, and the fact they had a real pickle. I ate about half the burger, it was too big for me, and I am trying to worry about serving sizes.

If you find yourself in Berlin, or you live here, and you cannot get to the Bird, this is a nice alternative, but at 12 euros for a burger and fries, I thought it was a little overpriced. #

Volta Berlin
Brunnenstrasse 73, Wedding
Berlin, Berlin Germany
https://www.facebook.com/v4volta

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