Berlin is one of my favorite cosmopolitan cities in Western Europe. I first fell in love with this culture filled city in 2015, and have since returned. Berlin is known as the culture hub of Germany, and they are certainly proud of it. This city is filled with grand museums, astounding history, and incredible eats.
On my two visits to Berlin, I experienced just a sprinkling of delectable dining although I know this city has a tremendous amount of incredible restaurants. I am sure that I will have my work cut out for me the next time I visit Berlin, when it comes to eating and noshing. I am looking forward to the challenge!
From lunching at the oldest restaurant in Berlin, to exploring my love for currywurst, my list of “What I ate in BERLIN – A Food Journal”.
Currywurst und Brandenburger Tor
My first time in Berlin, and my first currywurst. I was waiting for my walking tour to start in front of Brandenburger Tor, and saw a currywurst stand. Since it was on my list of things to eat, I ordered one before my two hour tour around Berlin started. What a delicious moment with a historical view.
What is Currywurst? It is a sausage that is steamed, and then grilled which is then cut up into bite-sized pieces. It is topped with spiced ketchup, unlike the bland American ketchup, then sprinkled with curry powder. I am not a fan of American ketchup, but I am a fan of German currywurst.
Tasty Indian Food at Yogi
Indian food in Germany, why not? I am a huge lover of Indian food in the UK, so why not in Deutschland? The food at Yogi in Berlin was delicious, and the serving was generous for the price. I ordered the Chicken Vindaloo, which came with a salad. I also ordered rice and naan bread to go with my spicy meal. Oh it was so good! The heat was perfect with generous amounts of chicken too.
There is both inside and outdoor seating (smoking), so you do have your choice. The inside is very clean and comfortable with traditional furnishings. If you are close to the Berlin HBF, it is about a 20 minute walk from the station, which means that you can walk off your dinner when done.
Lunch at the Oldest Restaurant in Berlin
Zur Letzten Instanz is noted as the oldest restaurant in Berlin, at 400 years old. It is also on the East side, which adds another impressive historical thread to its tapestry. While I was here, I ordered off the lunch menu and sat on the patio. I decided on the meatballs, which were very tender and delicious.
If the weather is nice enough you can sit outside on the charming patio, which is to the side of the restaurant. If you are sitting inside, the interior is like any other old restaurant with several different rooms done up in rich woods. Inside and outside, Zur Letzen Instanz is a very delicious and an attractive place.
For more information – Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant
The Best Käsespätzle in Berlin
I actually went out of my way to check this place ou,t but what else is new? I am a true gastronome at heart, and will travel for food or just go to another part of a city for good eats. I read that the best Käsespätzle (Cheese Spätzle) in Berlin was at Lebensmittel, and I had to go.
I am a huge lover of spätzle and cheese, so taking the metro, then walking here was a no brainier. Think American Macaroni and Cheese but German style. It is absolutely delish! The spätzle was perfect, and so was the cheese- very creamy and crispy on top. It also came with greens in salad form, plus a nice brown bread to up your carb intake. Germans take their bread seriously, and so do I. If I am going to eat any type of carbs, I better do it right.
If you love your spätzle and your cheese, Lebensmittel has what you need- the best Käsespätzle in Berlin.
I have heard from many German friends to try the Doner Kebap IN Germany. Yes, it does make a difference when eaten in Germany, and they have truly mastered this take-away sandwich. The current Doner Kebap sandwich is said to have been invented in Germany by way of Turkey. It is that amazing fusion of both cultures that has created this flavorsome sandwich.
A Doner Kebap is carved meat similar to gyro or shawarma, and is served inside bread as a sandwich. It is then topped with a pile of local vegetables such as onion, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauces.
This delicious looking Doner Kebap was from ‘Best of Kebap’ by Dalhem, and I truly enjoyed it. There are tons of Doner Kebap places in Berlin and Germany, so have fun trying them out.
For location information, please visit their Facebook page – Best of Kebap – Dalhem
Currywurst Round Two!
This was my second time in Berlin, but my first time at Curry 36. I have tried Curry-wurst before, and am familiar with the sausage topped with curry ketchup, it is very good. I do not eat American ketchup, but I will down a sausage with curry ketchup any day.
I read on different platforms to try out a Curry 36 stand, and since I was in the area, I decided to do it. Holy hot damn, it was good. There were different options, but I chose the traditional sausage, and pom frites, which was topped with curry-wurst. You order in English or German, they hand you a paper plate of goodness, find a spot to stand, and just eat. The sausages are very good, tender and hot. The curry-wurst sauce is tangy, and they are very generous with loading you down with a lot of curry ketchup. The fries are crispy and delicious. You will see a lot of Germans here, as well as a lot of tourists, it is a good crowd.
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