Restaurants in Berlin can open again from Friday! In theory, anyway — and by no means all of them. And it’ll certainly be a while before things get back to normal, whatever normal now is.
So how is all this going to work with a face mask, when our mouths are watering? Yes, some things will be different when we can finally visit our favourite restaurants again this weekend. We’ll be less tipsy, perhaps. But all the more appreciative of every smell, taste and smile.
Here are some of our favourite restaurants opening this weekend, in line with relaxed government guidelines.
Hallmann & Klee
This heart-warming eatery on Böhmischer Platz will welcome the city’s well-heeled diners again from Friday. In short, regional product cuisine that embraces contemporary fine dining as much as it does the cosy underbelly of café and pub culture. Nowhere else in Berlin can you eat so normally so well.
Hallmann & Klee Böhmische Straße 13, Neukölln
Ben Pommer from BRLO Brwhouse has been a busy man over the past few weeks. Alongside politicians and interest groups, he’s been working on sustainable solutions for his industry. And co-organising the great initiative ‘Kochen für Helden’ (‘Cooking for Heroes’). Oh, and on the side he kept a brewery running at a time when nothing was running anymore.
But on Friday it’ll all kick off again. Definitely outside, probably inside, too. Let’s all meet in the beer garden at Gleisdreieck park to breathe a sigh of relief. With appropriate distances, of course.
BRLO Brwhouse Schöneberger Straße 16, Charlottenburg
Thai home cuisine for everyone! The Khao Taan Restaurant in Friedrichshain, which we hold in such high esteem, will open again this weekend. Over the last weeks, Chef Gaan Woraphon Kitkoson has been offering a rotating weekly selection of his dishes from the window — and also homemade curry paste for those who want to try their hand at cooking.
That was great, but it only made us all the more happy about the reopening of the restaurant. Reservations are essential, as the already intimate restaurant will have even fewer seats available due to hygiene regulations.
Khao Taan Gryphiusstraße 10, Friedrichshain
Herz & Niere
It’s not that Michael Köhle and Christoph Hauser weren’t prepared for times of crisis. Last year, water damage put their restaurant Herz & Niere in Fichtestraße, Kreuzberg, out of action for several months. Everything was supposed to get better in this restaurant. Until, well, it didn’t.
But Berlin’s most committed giblet-based cuisine will prove that such a holistic approach to food fits well in these very fundamental times. In the evening there are five courses for €55. New is the weekend lunch menu for the bargain price of €35.
Meanwhile, Herz & Niere continue to sell delicious, warm-upable food for the table at home. Sorry Tim Raue — it’s here you’ll find the best Könisgberger Klopse in Berlin.
Herz & Niere Fichtetstraße 31, Kreuzberg
And there’s another person who’ll be inviting us to lunch this weekend: Sebastian Frank from the excellent restaurant Horváth on Paul-Lincke-Ufer, who recently told tip Berlin how much he missed his guests and the ritual of hospitality. It’s also clear, he said, that with the distancing regulations that now apply, there is hardly any profit to be made for the city’s restaurants. And so one should celebrate a visit to Berlin’s most autobiographical kitchen as a gesture of love.
We’re particularly looking forward to the salt-cooked celery and sour-cream ice cream with strawberry oil. Nom.
Horváth Paul-Lincke-Ufer 45, Kreuzberg
Café im Literaturhaus
Some are predicting a renaissance of the classic Viennese-style inn, thanks to their spacious interiors and the beloved dishes we crave most right now.
In addition, the weather will soon be good enough to sit in the wonderful garden at Fasanenstraße again. With the Wiener Schnitzel, the cheeses of Maitre Philippe, or meringue-covered rhubarb torte.
Café im Literaturhaus Fasanenstraße 23, Charlottenburg
Restaurants open again in Berlin? Only with a little distance
Social distancing with handmade ravioli? Just bring a picnic blanket to Walter Benjamin Square. From Friday, restaurant IL Calice, as well the small sales pavilion on the square, will be open again.
Thankfully, because these times remain special, the takeaway and the wonderful cooking box for home will still be available. But we’ll certainly take a seat on the Platz and maybe indulge in a sparkling Lambrusco, whose bad reputation is deftly quashed by the wine lovers around Antonio Pragato.
IL Calice Walter Benjamin Platz 4, Charlottenburg
Freshly Michelin-starred right into quarantine — that wasn’t ideal. But Cordo quickly got back on its feet and organised a delivery service with fine menus, as well as chicken and baked fish takeaway. But now it’s time to start again with that star cuisine. Reserve quickly!
Cordo Große Hamburger Str. 32, Mitte | Wed–Sun 5pm–7pm, book via tel: 030 27 58 12 15, or online
We’re big fans of Dalad Kambhu, chef and co-owner of the wonderful Thai restaurant Kin Dee on Lützowstraße. And of her shrewd remarks on sexism and the burn-out culture in professional kitchens. But we love, at least as much, what comes out of her kitchen: complex Thai cuisine made from seasonal and local ingredients. Comfort food with high standards, so to speak.
In the wake of the corona crisis, she converted her fine-dining restaurant into a take-out business within a few days. She’ll continue to do so for the time being — even if the restaurant opens again from the 21st for the star cuisine experience.
Kin Dee Lützowstraße 81, Tiergarten
Praise be! One of the most beautiful restaurants in Berlin is open again this weekend. During the last weeks the charming café 21 Gramm, which is located in a former funeral parlour, supported the initiative #KochenFürHelden and built up a takeaway business. But now it’s time to get going again — and we can once again enjoy the beautiful ambience of the room. Reservation recommended.
21 Gramm Hermannstr. 179, Neukölln
The Jamaican restaurant RosaCaleta on Muskauer Straße in Kreuzberg will open its doors again on 15th May for Berlin friends of Caribbean cuisine. Takeaway meals will still be available, at least until the end of May.
RosaCaleta Muskauer Straße 9, Kreuzberg
Berlin has indeed no shortage of Neapolitan pizzas these days — but few are as good as those of Pizzaiolo Alessandro Leonardi.
Fortunately, his restaurant Futura in the east of Berlin will be open again this weekend. Important: you have to opt in advance for one of three time slots when making your reservation. But there will still be pizzas to go and delivered, via Lieferando and Kolyma2. The evening is saved!
Futura Bänschstraße 91, Friedrichshain
P.S: Neuköllners, fear not — Gazzo is opening its doors again for you, too.
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