Amrit is an Indian indoor/outdoor restaurant. During the summer the outdoor seating area is completely open and during the winter the seating area is covered with a clear gazebo so you can still enjoy a people watch. I visited here during October and sat in the outdoor gazebo, as it was quite cold outside the gazebo had giant torches lit which not only kept us warm but also gave it quite a romantic feel.
The menus were in both German and English and the waiters were also able to speak English which was very helpful.
Favorite Dish: As I don't like very hot currys I had the Chicken Tikka Masala. The chicken was tender, the sauce was thick and full of flavour and the rice was perfectly cooked - perfect!
A little upscale resto with fine interior decoration and fine service.
a businessman's place for dinner, as the place was full of men in business suits dining away , including a large table of japanese men.
good service and attentive
good presentation of the food
it is the german version of french food, a little less delicate than the real french one, but much better than the average german food.
i had lamb with pesto on angel hair pasta .. that does not sound much french but it was good.
a nice bottle of suave south german wine..
There are many Mexican restaurants or bistros in Berlin, which people who aren't knowledgeable in the cuisine and authentic may think great, but I grew up eating real Mexican food and know the difference: Maria Bonita is the real deal. It is an authentic Mexican bistro, a little, no frill places with huge taste in its food, which is prepared fresh daily. As many ingredients as possible are imported from Mexico, as well as his variety of specialty Mezcal, the original liquor brewed by indigenes from the agave plant, which has a distinct, smooth, unforgettable flavor.
Tacos (not the hard shelled American creation but the real style from Mexico), burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, huevos rancheros and chilaquiles (of course!) plus seasonal specials & more. Don't expect or request Cali-style stuff or tex-mex, the owner/cook may be Texan but don't concede but learned his recipes from living in Mexico, not as a tourist but a regular guy working with the locals.
Not "fine dining," for there are a couple of tables out front and counter space inside, if you are someone who expects to be pampered and catered to, this is not your place. Everybody's welcome, but these guys take their trade seriously. If you want real people, great food, lively music and mouthwatering goodness, your choose Maria Bonita. When you have Mexicans who live in Berlin and others who know the real "flavors of home" coming back time and time again? You know it's the good stuff.
Prices for entrees are from 5-8€, starters sized small and large 2,50-5€, and you can add extras beginning to .50 cents. Open Tuesday-Sunday, around 12 noon to 23h (or so).
Favorite Dish: I've tried almost everything in the bistro, and loved it all, but the different salsas especially are tasty. That is my regular choice that I crave with real tortilla chips or totopos, as they call them in Mexico. Salsa roja, salsa verde and habanero salsa if you dare!
Brauhaus Mitte is located at the Alexanderplatz, across the street from the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and tucked away from the street behind the market. Hubby had this brewery selected as one of the four that he must try during our time in Berlin. We ate lunch here after a long walk down the Unter den Linden to Alexanderplatz.
We selected an outside table on their upper floor balcony overlooking the TV Tower. It was a sunny yet breezy day and we enjoyed our time at Brauhaus Mitte. The menu was a very traditional German menu and we went with some of our favorite soups – Hubby had the goulash soup and I had the potato soup with Berlin sausage, both came with brown bread. Then we split an order of Currywurst and fries. The food was very good (or we were really hungry). And Hubby was able to try two of their beers while I had a Coke Light.
The prices were very reasonable, especially given the location in a well visited part of town. Our total bill came to €25. Our server was friendly and efficient, the location was great, and the food delicious. It was a great lunch!
Would I go to the Brauhaus Mitte again? Yes, definitely yes.
Open every day from 11:00 am to midnight.
The Dom Curry is a curry stand next to the Deutsches Dom (German Dom) on the Gendarmenmarkt. We had walked past this will stand several times during our stay in Berlin Mitte and on one afternoon we had a little time so we opted to sit on one of their comfty outdoor sofas under a large umbrella and have a drink and a taste of their Currywurst.
The prices were average for the area and their food was average too - nothing spectacular or worth going for another visit. But the location was wonderful and the atmosphere was fun. We had a nice conversation with a German lady with three small children (who were having a lot of fun getting their energy out in the outside café).
Would I go to Dom Curry again? I doubt it. If I am hungry for curry, I will most likely try one of the many other curry stands in Berlin since this one did not stand out. However, perhaps the other stands don’t have comfy sofas and big umbrellas to protect you from the sun or such a view as the German Dom!?
Open seven days a week from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
** Please note: Remake has closed for good **
Remake is an aspirant for a star-rating in one of those popular restaurant and hotel guides*. Hence, it's not exactly cheap. However, for what you get, meals are still reasonably priced.
The good thing, apart from the quality of its cuisine, is that it is not very formal. You don't necessarily need a tie and tight trousers.
Remake's cuisine is an eclectic mix of mostly Mediterranean, Austrian and local dishes. They chose to call the restaurant Remake, because they combine traditional dishes with contemporary preparation.
Sometimes, you have to be a bit open or even adventurous, but changes that you'll regret it are slim.
*Update: Remake has now found it's way into Gault Millau 2007.
Favorite Dish: Degustation-menues from 3-course (EUR 39) to 6-course (EUR 56) are best to explore the variety of Remake's cuisine.
On our first evening in Berlin, Hubby and I took a long walk to Charlottenburg – we had been on the train for much of the day so it felt good to stretch our legs. And we had a goal – the Brauhaus Lemke next to the palace, Schloss Charlottenburg. It is one of Hubby’s goals to try the local breweries all over Germany – and Berlin has a number of them so we had to start on day one to check them out.
Brauhaus Lemke was easy to find, located right next to the palace on the corner between Luisenplatz and Otto-Suhr-Allee. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside with a view of the palace. At the time, we didn’t realize just how busy the inside of the restaurant was so it was a good thing we took an outside table.
Hubby tried his beer and ordered an Alsace specialty, Flammkuchen, with tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions. I am usually on the lookout for different kinds of specialty dishes but my favorite standby meal is the Swabian noodle dish, Spätzle, which is what I choose today – the noodles were mixed with cheese, tomatoes, onions, and broccoli. I had white wine to go with my meal. It was delicious, and we both thought the Spätzle was better than the Flammkuchen.
Prices were a bit higher than we are used to around where we live, but not too bad considering we were in a big city and right next to a major tourist attraction and UNESCO heritage site. Our total bill for meal and drinks came to less than €24.
Brauhaus Lemke has a second location in the city center (Berlin Mitte) on Dircksenstrasse-S-Bahnbogen 143 for those who want to try this brewery restaurant without traveling out to Charlottenburg.
Would I eat here again? Sure, it was good food and a nice atmosphere. But I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here again – there are just too many other places to try in Berlin and this one was good, but not spectacular. I would probably try the second location in Berlin Mitte next time.
I had lunch with two friends at Emma’s one day during our class. We sat outside of this restaurant which is located not too far from the Berlin Dom. The restaurant is located in an alley between two tall buildings that is protected by a glass roof which will allow the light in but not the rain. We had fresh area, but were also protected from the cool breeze that was prevalent that day.
Emma’s serves typical German food – both of my companions ordered Schnitzel and Emma’s served up a hefty portion of both the Vienna Schnitzel and the Jägerschnitzel, each served with roasted potatoes. Both ladies raved about how good their meal was. I got a chicken breast in a white almond and pepper sauce and roasted potatoes; and it was excellent!
Our server was very nice and took good care of us. He was prompt when we needed something and quick with our requests.
Beside the restaurant was one of those fun fountains that children like to play in on hot days – the kind that the water pops up from the ground periodically. We had a good time watching some young children (and young at heart children) play in the fountain while eating.
The three of us had drinks and a nice full meal with a total bill of €37. A bit high for a lunch, but we were in the heart of the tourist district and the food was worth the price. I would go back to Emma’s again – it was very pleasant!
If you on a diet do not read any further. I had passed the Fassbender & Rausch Chocolate Shop lots of times when I stayed in a hotel close by and looked in the windows at the chocolate models and hundreds of different types of chocolates on offer .This is a company with a long history of making quality chocolates. I decided I was going to try something on offer in the upstairs cafe. The shop was very busy with dozens of tourists buying boxes of the different chocolates. They are not cheap but are made from the finest quality ingredients . After a quick look around the shop I went upstairs to the cafe. There are comfortable chairs where you can sit down and look outside at the Gendarmenmarkt. The staff are all dressed in smart unforms and are very attentive. I have already decided that I was not going to have a lunch but was going to try something sweet. After looking at the menu I decided to have a coffee and a tiramisu tartlet. It look delicious and it was soon gone and my visit over.
Favorite Dish: The tiramisu tartlet slipped down easy.
After a very busy day of photographing the East Side Gallery in its entirety and then running around half of the city in search of a large tobacconist (I ended up making do with lots of small ones!) I needed sustenance, having survived most of the afternoon on beer alone.
My hotel was located almost immediately across the road from the Charlottenburg S-bahn and Max und Moritz's fast food place just round the corner - what better sustenance can a drinking man get than a big juicy kebab??
Favorite Dish: For about three Euros I got a toasted pitta absolutely crammed with doner meat, salad, a few fries and a good dollop of chilli sauce. With friendly, swift, service thrown in for free and a Helles beer another couple of Euros (including pandf) this was exactly what I was after and served to line the stomach for the rest of the evenings' beers to come ;-HIC!
Looked like a good Asian restaurant in a shopping mall, but we left a little disappointed. The food on our neighbouring table looked excellent, but obviously, we made the mistake to believe that that was from the buffet - and opted for the buffet. Unfortunately, the buffet did not look that good and many dishes tasted like they were rehated already a couple of times. Had expected more for 12,99 (2009) and hope, that they have improved by now.
One evening we headed to the Scheunenviertal, one of the up and coming districts of the former East Berlin, and to a restaurant that had been recommended by a colleague of Chris’s – only to find that it had closed down. We decided to head back to a Kneipe (a sort of bar come simple restaurant – the closest thing probably that Germany has to the English pub) where we had enjoyed a drink earlier in the evening. On that occasion we had sat outside, at one of a small number of tables on the edge of the small square opposite. But the evening was growing cool, so we asked for a table inside for dinner and were given one in the rear of the two rooms. This suited us just fine, as there were a couple of fairly large groups seated in the front part and we preferred the more peaceful atmosphere further back. I also loved the quirky wall paintings – little birds dotted here and there and (rather bizarrely) a monkey carrying what appeared to be a human skull! (see photo 4).
The service here gets mixed reviews on Trip Advisor but we were happy with it. You couldn’t call it brisk, but the staff coped well with a busy restaurant and always had a smile. The menu was interesting enough to make me want to go back on a future visit to the city – and indeed I think we would have gone back on this visit had we been staying longer. And most importantly, the food was delicious – for me the best of all the meals we had on this trip, and for Chris one of the best.
Favorite Dish: My choice was ”Ravioli mit Blüten, Akaziernhönig und Pinienkern gefüllt auf orangen Fenchel”. I wasn’t sure what all of it was (still don’t know what Blüten are in this context – the word means blossoms but I didn’t see any!) but it was excellent. Akaziernhönig is acacia honey, and this leant just a slight touch of sweetness to the ground pine-nut filling of the parcels. The orangen Fenchel proved to be not fennel as I had expected but carrots – not my favourite vegetable but Chris was happy to trade for some of his great mixed salad. All in all I loved my dish, and he was equally happy with his of Nuremburg-style sausages with mashed potato and great rich gravy. I found myself tempted by the dessert menu and chose the crème brulée which was served with fresh raspberries and a raspberry sauce – very tangy and delicious! With a large glass of red wine for me and a couple of beers for Chris we paid €30.00 including the tip. All in all a lovely evening, and definitely to be recommended.
Zum Nussbaum is the oldest pub in Berlin, situated now next to Nikolaikirche, although its iroginal position was in Fischerstrasse 21. The pub was founded in 1507 but completely demolished in WW II bombings. Its present look is a replica of pub demolished in 1943 bombings.
Favorite Dish: Zum Nussbaum has three separate rooms and one of them is bar only. Interiors look alike old styled pubs with suffocated lights. It offering socialable cosy atmosphere and quick and efficient service, but weiters dont mind to speak english much. The food is traditional and simple with pretty short list at menu and pretty cheap. There excist own micro brewery offering excellent beer.
On this visit to Berlin we had a little VT meet on the Sunday night and couldn't have found a better location than Tiergartenquelle (chosen by my good fiend Bijo69) - being under the arches at Tiergarten S-bahn station had the bonus of making it very easy to find.
The restaurant itself is intimately atmospheric; the dozen or so slightly scuffed, mismatched tables, with equally mismatching chairs, the haphazard brewery paraphernalia and the scruffily hand-written blackboards add to its charm rather than detract. There was a good local buzz, with most of the tables occupied, and arriving a little earlier than the others gave me a chance to enjoy the ambience with a beer at the bar.
The menu is fairly short, which is always a good thing, featuring the usual Germanic variations on the pig theme - sausages, schnitzel, knuckle etc and surprisingly has quite a good vegetarian selection (hence Birgit's choice). In fact a subject that came up in our free-flowing conversation was about German menus lacking lamb dishes, but that's a sort of digression perhaps to be dealt with elsewhere.
Service was suitably laid-back, swift and friendly, and the food well-presented, tasty and hugely substantial. The beers are from the local Lemke brewery and these flowed thick and fast, as is usual for us, and are very reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: I do love a scruffily written blackboard - which, to my mind, implies freshness and so I pretty much ignored the rest of the menu and opted for the day's special. This turned out to be a huge platter of pork fillet in a creamy wild mushroom sauce accompanied by stuffed tomatoes and excellent potatoes.
Everyone proclaimed their meals tasty, the beers went down and a great evening in convivial company was thoroughly enjoyed - Cheers Guys!
Although I'd already had breakfast at my apartment (a grilled salami and cheese sandwich on rye which I delighted in making for myself)) I had an urge for a sweet nibble before my day out in the city proper. This little bakery/takeaway at Adenhauer U-bahn proved ideal - a well-filled flaky pain au chocolat set me back something like 69 cents and I could have had two for an extra 20. Coffee was a similar sort of price and so my second breakfast of the day was under 1.50 Euros.
This place was doing a roaring trade with a constant stream of locals picking up their nibbles, mostly to takeaway, and the three woman running it were busy making mountains of sandwiches any time they weren't serving so obviously they were expecting a busy lunchtime too.
I don't know whether this is part of a chain but is definitely worth keeping an eye open for if you get the munchies.
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