Restaurants in Berlin
to Berlin used to complain that they could eat anything they wanted
there as long as it was Wurst - sausage, or Schnitzel. A little
unfair, since traditional Berlin cuisine has a lot more to offer:
Eisbein (knuckle of pork, served with peas), fresh trout and salmon
from the rivers of Brandenburg, Hackepeter (steak tartare), gherkins
from the Spreewald to the south, and in early summer, fresh asparagus.
The French Huguenot immigrants who arrived in the 17th Century
laid the foundations for international cuisine in Berlin, but
since the Wall fell and Berlin reestablished contact with the
world, the choice has exploded. Indian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese,
Italian, Thai, Indonesian, Japanese, French, Latin American, North
American, Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian, Moroccan..... the range
of cuisine on offer in the restaurants of this cosmopolitan city
And not only the food, but the decor. You could be sitting in
a cosy, dark wood-clad, typical Berlin cellar restaurant like
Zur letzten Instanz sipping a Berliner Kindl, or watching the
sushi float towards you round the counter of an ultra-modern Japanese
bar in an alley behind Savignyplatz.
You could be savouring an arabic dish of Falafel amongst the
white stalagmites and stalagtites of Morgenland in Kreuzberg,
or taking in the clear modernist outlines of the Carpe Diem restaurant
in Charlottenburg, while you select from a mind-boggling range
You could be sitting at a pavement table outside Café
Arada, Berlin's Ethiopian restaurant, your eyes wandering from
the enormous platter of meats and delicacies in front of you to
the tantalising street life all around. Or pondering the array
of Russian dishes at Pasternak.
in most big cities, you can pay as much as you want to eat, but
it has to be said that by European standards Berlin's eating establishments
are relatively low-priced.
And if you just feel like a snack, look for the sign "Imbiss"
- the word means snack. Try a Berlin hamburger (a Boulette) from
a corner bar, or a Currywurst (curried sausage).Or a delicious
and incredibly cheap Döner Kebab from one of the countless small
Turkish "Imbisse" that scatter the city.
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