Sichuan cuisine is becoming more and more popular in Berlin – great news! We’ve compiled a list of our favourite Sichuan restaurants and small noodle joints for a tongue and mind-numbing experience.
A few years ago, Berliners would simply book a table at a ‘Chinese’ restaurant. Today, thankfully, the choice is far wider: It’s now possible to dine at a Hunanese restaurant, pop to a Taiwanese dumpling parlour, sample Cantonese dishes, or specialities from Dongbei. And, of course, dive deep into the cuisine and culture of Sichuan.
The region is known as the ‘land of abundance’, and it is this very abundance that finds its way into the pots and plates of the region. One of its most famous exports: the tongue-numbing Sichuan pepper. It’s more closely related to citrus plants than to black pepper, in fact.
Sichaun is one of the most tasty regions of the world, and, luckily for us, some of its delicacies are now available in Berlin — and in great quality, too. What do the Chinese say, after all? To the people, food is heaven!
Go for the hot pot, stay for the extraordinary dumplings. Their fillings still have bite and so really develop their taste.
Address: Uhlandstraße 142, Charlottenburg | Mon-Fri 12pm-3.30pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm, Sat+Sun 12pm-11.30pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Hohenzollernplatz
Stylish noodle joint on Brunnenstraße. The noodles are homemade, the piquant sauces raise memories of Chengdu.
Address: Brunnenstraße 167, Mitte | Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-9.30pm, Sat+Sun 1pm-9.30pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Rosenthaler Platz
Every night, the windows at Nin Hao steam up. The reason? Hot pots simmering on nearly every table. Order a spicy or mild broth and sample the full range of Sichuan cuisine.
Address: Bismarckstraße 24, Charlottenburg | daily 12pm-12am
Directions: U-Bahn station Deutsche Oper
Liu Nudelhaus (Chuan Chuan Xiang)
The opening times remain a bit of a mystery, but the spice level in their cooking wouldn’t be different in Chengdu.
Address: Kronenstraße 72, Mitte | daily 11.30am-3pm, Fri 5.30pm-9.30pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Stadtmitte
The couple behind Hot Spot love the spice of their home region and cook its specialities even more elaborately: smoking boned duck over tea, for example. They’re also famous for their exceptional wine list with corresponding German rieslings.
Address: Eisenzahnstraße 66, Wilmersdorf | daily 12pm-10.30pm
Directions: U-Bahn station Adenauerplatz
Translated by Aida Baghernejad