A couple of weeks ago I enjoyed what can only be described as a history trip for adults on a weekend away in Berlin. Never have I found the history of somewhere quite so fascinating, all too real due to it being so recent. I mean I was alive when the Berlin Wall was still up, either that makes me old (which I’m not about to admit) or it makes this a place that we should all take time to get to know. Surprisingly Berlin isn’t just bratwurst and beer and the city more than satisfied me on a food and drink front with some great cafes, restaurants and bars to try out. But first up when visiting this German city and an absolute must is to find yourself a street stall for some currywurst. This curried ketchup over German sausage is as satisfyingly good as it is simple and a great quick bite to eat when wandering the streets taking in the historical hotspots.
My first recommendation from the weekend is Mogg & Melzer Deli, a 15 minute walk from Alexanderplatz and near the Jewish Synagogue. This modern American deli is situated in a former Jewish girls school and it’s food takes on those influences. I’d definitely recommend booking as it’s quite a small place and we saw people being turned away during the lunch hour rush. We ordered the Matzah Ball Soup to start followed by two of their epic sized sandwiches on half rye bread. The Reuben was my favourite and as you can see below was fully loaded deliciousness with a layer of mustard, swiss cheese, sauerkraut and russian dressing. We also had The Pulled Pork, again packed to the rafters with slow cooked pulled pork on bbq sauce, avocado and chipotle mayo.
My next recommendation for when you’re further south and visiting the East Gallery Berlin Wall is Burgermeister. Situated on the opposite side of the river and under the railway bridge not only did this fast food burger place come with a lot of recommendations ahead of my trip it delivered on them too. Open until the early hours it’s a favourite for when people are rolling out of the bars and clubs nearby. We’d spent the afternoon in a great craft beer bar called Hopfenreich which has an ever changing blackboard of draught beers nearby and feeling that hunger strike we got ourselves in the queue for a burger. I ordered the Chilli Cheese Burger and a side of Cheese Fries, because you can never have too much cheese especially when jalapenos are thrown in right?! I also tried the BAR-bq Burger which was good but had a little too much bbq sauce for my liking so the Chilli Cheese definitely gets my vote. Served in a soft and fresh brioche bun with salad I was glad I’d made the effort to fit this quirky located burger place in.
Saving the best to last and for a nicer evening meal without having to splash the cash too much head to Glass in Charlottenburg. The menu is ever changing and a delightful mix of seasonal, fresh and interesting dishes. We enjoyed 5 courses for 50 euros which also came with an appetiser and petit fours compliments of the kitchen. Every dish was presented instagram perfect much to my delight and the flavour combinations on every plate set your mouth alight. Described as a modern Arabic themed restaurant the Israeli-born chef nods to the cuisine’s ingredients but at the same time serving fine dining staples. We enjoyed plates such as Beetroot with freekah, dates, labane and chick peas and Pike Perch with fennel, roses and water chestnut. Finish off your evening in Charlottenburg at Monkey Bar, a funky 10th floor bar overlooking the city and zoo and only a ten minute walk from Glass.