LardButty in Berlin – Peperoncino Italian in Kreuzberg

Following an afternoon at the Carnival of Cultures and beers at the Von Loon boat bar (on the Landwehr Canal) in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, we headed for Peperoncino on D’s recommendation. She used to live near here and this Italian restaurant was already tried and tested, and very much a favourite of hers.

Peperoncino Italian restaurant in Kreuzberg, Berlin


Located in a somewhat residential area, the restaurant was busy with all tables taken. D had booked ahead knowing that it’s a popular spot with the locals.


Inside Peperoncino – a popular spot


The restaurant is run by Adriano and Ewelina, and service was welcoming from the moment we arrived. Ewelina was so hospitable we had the impression of being pampered in someone’s own home, while Adriano created a special antipasto sharing platter for the three of us (off menu). Some prosecco bubbles seemed like a good way to begin.



Special antipasto sharing platter – aubergine and bean mix (a ratatouille veggie stew type dish – this was especially nice), ham, salami, artichokes, mozzarella, and smoked cheese


For main course, K had a gnocchi special – black truffle stuffed gnocchi in a truffle/butter sauce (gorgeous but being quite rich, it was a small portion), D had spaghetti with prawns and I had gnocchi classico – in a tomato sauce with mushrooms, prawns and salami (very tasty, dense and filling so K helped me out once he’d finished his smaller gnocchi special).



Gnocchi special


Spaghetti with prawns



Gnocchi classico 


We shared a dessert platter of profiteroles, fruity ice-cream and chocolatey-truffley-ice-cream:



Dessert platter – as served



Desserts – underway



The verdict: Tucked away in a neighbourly area in Kreuzberg, this was a top recommendation from D. A great find. The patrons couldn’t have been any more hospitable and the Italian food was very good. I’d certainly visit again when in Berlin…

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Italian
– Address: Urbanstraße 137, Kreuzberg, 10967 Berlin
– Nearest station: U Südstern (U-Bahn station)
– Website + menus: Peperoncino website
– Photos on flickr: Peperoncino images
– Location: Peperoncino map

LardButty in Berlin – Café am Neuen See

When the weather’s fine enough to eat outdoors, Café am Neuen See restaurant and biergarten in Berlin’s beautiful Grosser Tiergarten is the place to be.

In a tranquil lakeside location, the beer garden stays open until sunset, serving beer – on tap and bottled – along with tasty Bavarian and Italian specialities like freshly made pretzels, weisswurst (white sausage) and leberkäse (meat-loaf), sourdough bread and stone baked pizza. Admiring the lake-side view and listening to the tweeting birds while sipping a cold weiss beer is a mighty fine way to spend a leisurely afternoon.


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Franziskaner weissbier and picnic benches at the biergarten in the Tiergarten, Berlin


The Café am Neuen See restaurant serves breakfast, and coffee and tea and cake throughout the day, as well as more extensive food options if you prefer something more substantial. But it really comes to life after dusk, once the biergarten closes and the restaurant’s outdoor area is lit up with fairy lights and candles.



Fairy lights at night in the restaurant’s outdoor area



Weissbier by night



Flammkuchen – gorgonzola, pear and almonds


K and I order wheat beers and two flammkuchen (Alsatian baked flatbread) to share – one with pepperoni sausage and mushroom (this one has a tomato base, like a stone baked pizza) and one with gorgonzola, pear and almonds (no tomato sauce base) which is just stunning and delicious.


The verdict: Gorgeous food in a gorgeous setting. What more could you ask for?


Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
– Type: Alsatian, German (in Germany)
– Address: Café am Neuen See, Lichtensteinallee 2, 10787 Berlin (in Tiergarten)
– Nearest station: Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten
– Website + menus: Café am Neuen See website
– Photos on flickr: Café am Neuen and Tiergarten images
– Location: Café am Neuen See map


LardButty in Berlin – Makoto

Great donburi at Makoto Japanese noodle bar, Mitte

We intended to eat at Vietnamese restaurant, Monsieur Vuong, last night (ranked #26 of 4,976 Berlin restaurants on Trip Advisor) but:

a) there was a long queue outside Monsieur Vuong
b) it was raining
c) there was an appealing Japanese restaurant opposite, with no queue, called Makoto

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Makoto – Japanese designs + decor

We stepped out of the rain and into Makoto, which was pleasingly busy. Waiters were rushing around and just about keeping on top of customers’ needs.

There were already a few other tables waiting to order so we had to wait a while. And it was worth it.

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Starters – kimuchi (pickles), gyoza (dumplings) and miso tofu

For starters we shared:

~ Kimuchi – homemade spicy pickled vegetables with garlic and red pepper @ €3
~ Gyoza – six pan-fried dumplings filled with pork + vegetables, with soy sauce @ €4.30
~ Miso tofu – two chunks of tofu coated in miso sauce @ €4

For mains, K had a big bowl of Toku miso ramen (spicy miso noodles soup with fried pork and vegetables) @ €8.50 and I had Yasai don (traditional Japanese rice bowl with vegetables, tofu + ginger sauce) @ €7.90, washed down with Asahi, a good dry Japanese lager.

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Toku miso ramen

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Yasai don – fresh ingredients + very tasty!

A serendipitous find that amply met our needs, and was very reasonably priced (total bill for two was about €40).

Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: Japanese (in Germany)
~ Address: Alte Schönhauser Str. 13, 10119 Berlin Mitte
~ Tel: +49 (0)30 97893857
~ Nearest station: Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz -U, Weinmeisterstr. – U
~ Website: Makoto
~ Menus: Makoto menu
~ Photos on flickr images of Makoto
~ Location: Makoto map


More Berlin dining:

~ Auszeit – good for brunch in a scenic spot

~ The Bird – simply the best chips ever + amazing meat. Go! what are you waiting for?

~ Makoto – great donburi at this Japanese noodle bar

~ Oranium – sausage-fest breakfast treats

~ Porta Nova – favolose Italian restaurant in Mitte

~ Volver – Spanish tapas restaurant

~ Zitrone – good brunch spot in Kreuzberg



LardButty in Berlin – Volver tapas

We came to Berlin today to visit a friend who lives in Mitte. Our first meal out together is at Volver (meaning to return to), a Spanish tapas restaurant in the local district.

IMG_6335b_VOLVER-TAPAS-RESTAURANT Volver restaurant


It’s cosy, with an appealing bar area (decorated with hanging hams and garlic strings, and well stocked with wine – always appealing!) and the Proprietor is welcoming. D is a regular diner here. And that’s a good thing as she knows the menu well and makes some great recommendations.

Chicken legs, pork stew, chilli peppers, bacon-wrapped dates, ‘chorizo’ whole sausages


Tapas dishes vary in price but are inexpensive, averaging around €5 each (we note that prices in the menu translated to English are slightly higher than in the menu written in German!).

A variety of fresh bread and olives are brought to the table. And – between the three of us – we order a carafe of ‘country’ red wine and:
– Bacon-wrapped dates with almonds
– Salted chilli peppers
– Chicken legs
– Spanish sausage and cheese plate with toasted bread
– Chorizo/ whole spicy sausages
– Pork stew
– Grilled squid
– Spanish omelette
– Stuffed croquettes

Bacon-wrapped dates with almonds are a new tapas dish to me and go down very well.

This is good, fresh food and very reasonably priced: the total bill for three, including a tip comes to about €70. Incidentally, when asked about the higher prices on the English menu, the Proprietor explains that while the English menus are correct, he hasn’t had chance to update copies of the German menu yet… Hmmm…

Restaurant info:
– Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
– Type: Spanish (in Germany)
– Address: Luisenstrasse 41, 10117 Berlin
– e:
– Nearest station: Hauptfbahnhof, Bundestag, Oranianburger Tor or Friedrichstrasse
– Website + menus: Volver website
– Photos on flickr images of Volver
– Location: Volver map

Volver re-visited 2016 – more food images:

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Bacon wrapped dates with almonds

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Salted chilli peppers

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Chicken legs

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Manchego cheese

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Grilled squid



More Berlin dining:
Auszeit – good for brunch in a scenic spot
The Bird – simply the best chips ever + amazing meat. Go! what are you waiting for?
Makoto – great donburi at this Japanese noodle bar
Oranium – sausage-fest breakfast treats
Porta Nova – favolose Italian restaurant in Mitte
Volver – Spanish tapas restaurant
Zitrone – good brunch spot in Kreuzberg