LardButty in Berlin – Auszeit

Berliner Frühstück # 3 of 3

For today’s breakfast we cycle from Mitte into neighbouring district Wedding, to Auszeit at Pekinger Platz, and meet up with some of D’s friends (you see, I mentioned that breakfast is a social affair here in Berlin in this earlier post).


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Möhrenpfannkuchen – carrot pancakes


D has some seriously good carrot pancakes with basil and feta cream and fresh rocket, spicy Walnußpaste, hummus, cheese, fresh fruit and a bread basket @ €8.40, while K has a three egg omelette (just perfect) @ about €7, and I go slightly off-menu with scrambled eggs (also beautifully done) and mushrooms @ about €7.


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Three egg omelette – light, fluffy and oh so very tasty


What a great way to spend a Sunday morning (and it really is morning for this breakfast as we need time to work up an appetite for dinner at The Bird later) before cycling home again (back to D’s) along the river, passed a family of swans.

I like this Berlin malarky.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: German (in Germany)
~ Address: Kiautschoustraße 12a, 13353 Berlin Wedding
~ e: info@auszeitberlin.de
~ Nearest station: Amrumer Str. -U
~ Website: Auszeit website
~ Menu: Auszeit menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Auszeit
~ Location: Auszeit map


RELATED LINKS

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 – Porta Nova Italian

Favolose Porta Nova Restaurant – Robert Koch Platz

We turned up at this Mitte neighbourhood restaurant at about 10pm last night. Despite being so late, we were welcomed in, and service at Porta Nova continued to be friendly and efficient throughout our leisurely meal.

We ordered a half litre carafe of dry white wine: Trebbiano Abruzzo (trocken, frischer sommerwein) @ €9.50. And then another two as the meal continued… well, why change a good thing?

For starters the three of us shared carpaccio de manzo a plate of beef carpaccio with mushrooms in mustard lemon sauce and vitello tonnato, slivers of roast veal in tuna sauce with capers, both of which were beautifully presented, fresh, and simply divine.


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Carpaccio de Manzo – beef carpaccio with mushrooms in mustard lemon sauce


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Vitello Tonnato – Veal in tuna sauce with capers


For main course we shared two large freshly made, stone-baked pizzas: a diavolo (salami, mushrooms and hot pepper) @ €8.20 and a ‘kuche divers’ (we created our own and threw on the works) @ €10.90. When stone-baked pizza is done right – like this – it’s sheer perfection. It may be indicative of how good it was, that we were too engrossed in eating the pizza to even think about taking a photo! My bad.

The total bill for three (including 1.5 litres of wine and tip) came to €75 – only €25 each. Reasonable value, great food.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 4 / 5
~ Type: Italian (in Germany)
~ Address: Robert Koch Platz 12, 10115 Berlin Mitte
~ Tel: +49 (0)30 28 04 04 08
~ Nearest station: Naturkundemuseum
~ Website: Porta Nova
~ Menus: Porta Nova menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Porta Nova
~ Location: Porta Nova map


RELATED LINKS

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 – brunch at Zitrone

Berliner Frühstück # 2 of 3

For today’s breakfast (well, brunch) we head out of Mitte to the trendy Kreuzberg district, to Zitrone.

The weather’s mild so we sit outside in the wide, tree-lined boulevard of a street where there’s seating for about 60.


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Zitrone – plenty of outdoor seating on these wide streets


We’re planning to stroll over to the East Side Gallery afterwards and are not in any rush. That said, service is incredibly slow. We enjoy leisurely drinks of fresh orange and ginger tea, and hefeweizen beers between us, then even our waitress eventually asks us with surprise if our food still hasn’t arrived…

D has a breakfast Istanbul – fried eggs which look perfectly runny (if slightly greasy) with Sucuk (Turkish spicy sausage), peppers, tomato, olives and marinated feta cheese @ € 6.70


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Breakfast Istanbul – Sucuk, olives and marinated feta cheese.


K homes in on the leberkäse special with fried eggs, spinach and fried potatoes @ €8.50. He *loves* this German meat-loaf speciality (though it reminds me of tinned Spam).


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Mittagessen – lunch special: leberkäse, eggs, spuds + spinach

It’s a salat ziegenkase for me – goats cheese with pesto on crusty baguette slices (bruschetta style) with a dressed salad of leaves, carrots, tomatoes and cucumber @ €7. The goats cheese has been lightly grilled. It’s nicely salty, a bit halloumi-like in texture, and is really good.


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Goats cheese salad


I’d happily be a regular customer here, if I lived nearby.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3 / 5
~ Type: German (in Germany)
~ Address: Graefe Straße 20, 10967 Berlin Kreuzberg
~ Nearest station: Schönleinstr. -U
~ Website: Zitrone website
~ Menu: Zitrone menu
~ Photos on flickr: images of Zitrone
~ Location: Zitrone map


RELATED LINKS

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 – 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


RELATED LINKS

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.

 
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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.

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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: michael@volver-tapas.de
– 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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Stew
 

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Chicken legs
 

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Manchego cheese
 

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Grilled squid
 

 
RELATED LINKS

 

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