Thank Ottolenghi or the arrival of Syrians in Berlin, Tel Aviv’s beaches or Beirut’s clubbing scene: there’s no cuisine hotter than the taste of the Levant at the moment in Berlin. But it’s not all hummus and tahini, although they obviously feature heavily – these Levantine kitchens add an exciting range of different tastes, textures, and traditions to Berlin’s culinary landscape.
From the outside, this diner doesn’t look very different from the others on Sonnenallee, but once inside, there’s so much more to discover than only schawarma and falafel: spicy potatoes, rice and lentils, spiced spinach and other Lebanese specialities await hungry punters. Try them all on their large mixed platter.
An Israeli and a Palestinian open a restaurant together: what could be the first line in a highly inappropriate joke is actually a culinary success story in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg, built on creamy, dreamy hummus and hospitality. They also recently opened a stall in Berlin’s foodie heaven, KaDeWe’s sixth floor – this city’s answer to London’s famous Harrods food hall.
Aleppo’s cuisine was known as one of the most refined in the Middle East – and now you can taste it for yourself on Friedrichshain’s Rigaer Straße, usually better known for riots on the streets than on your tastebuds. Owner Samer Hafez even cooked for the previous German president, Joachim Gauck, and runs a successful catering business. For his Kibbe, he follows his mother’s recipe – Berlin hasn’t tasted anything like them yet!
Address: Ringer Straße 58, Friedrichshain | Daily 9am-10pm
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Frankfurter Allee