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Nov 27, 2013 06:14 AM

Berlin food reflections.

Just arrived home after 6 days in Berlin. Stayed on Wichertstrasse in Prenzlauer Berg. Wonderful city, lots of great eating to be done at reasonable prices.

First meal took us to Zur Haxe, a 'traditional' Bavarian style joint just East of P-Berg, near. the Greifswalder Strasse S-Bahn. We were both after something 'German' (well, something Alpine) so both ordered the Schnitzel. It was excellent, came with fried potatoes and cucumber salad. A strange, kitchy restaurant decorated with various Bavarian memorabilia and Alpine scene paintings. 3 beers available: a Dunkel, Pils & Weiss. Think this meal came to around 22 euros.

Second day we ate at a new Syrian/Persian (I think) place on Simon-Dach Strasse in Friedrichshain. It was excelllent - we shared a plate of hummus and ordered a wrap each - mine was halloumi, my Dad's was a diced up kofte kebab. These were enormous. I think the whole meal worked out at about 16 euros. I'll update with the details later.

We preluded our dinner with beers at the cosy Hops & Barley, also in Friedrichshain, on Wühlischstraße - recommended, friendly place serving good homebrews. After this we moved next door to eat yet more trad. Bavarian food at Spätzle & Knödel. Again, I had a schnitzel w/ potato salad & my Dad went for a beautiful pork ghoulash. Both were absolutely superb. Expertly cooked, extremely tasty and cheap. Great beers available in this restaurant too.

The next day we ate at a pop-up BBQ joint in Kreuzberg's Markthalle IX, called Big Stuff BBQ.

Happened upon this place by chance, but were rewarded with a good smoked Brisket sandwich. They have some craft beers available too.

After this we stopped off at Curry 36 and shared a bratwurst. Didn't try Currywurst once in Berlin. Don't regret that decision.

Next day I ate lunch at Dada Falafel near Oranienburger Strasse. Very very tasty falafel with all of the trimmings (hummus, schwarma meat, baba ghanoush) for under 10 euros with a drink. Highly recommended.

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  1. For dinner I grabbed some pizza from Zia Maria on Pappelalle in P-Berg. Great thin crust pizza, variety of tasty toppings. Not mind blowing, but very nice nonetheless. V. cheap.

    The next day, after visiting the Olympiastadiom, we went to Mogg & Melzer in Northern Mitte (Auguststrasse 11-13, behind Neue Synagogue). This was our second most expensive meal - pastrami sandwiches on rye styled on Katz's from NY. Not in the same league as that, by any means, but still fairly decent although didn't have the juiciness of Katz's. Clocked in at 45 euros for 2 sandwiches, two soups and two beers. Don't think I'd go back to this place.

    Dinner was at another American styled joint, Chicago Williams BBQ, again in Mitte/Scheunenviertal. This place has received quite a bit of praise on various blogs. He has a good German microbrew selection. BBQ meats were good, not as good as some stuff I've had in the States, but that's not really surprising. Ribs were very tender, sausages were nice. Couldn't really fault this place. Very friendly, larger than life host, met some nice people sitting next to us.

    On our final day we had lunch at Monsieur Vuong ( Alte Schönhauser Straße 46 nr. Hackescher Markt). We both had the shrimp spring rolls to begin - REALLY nice. I had the won tun for main; Dad had the pho. Again, both were excellent. This is a nice restaurant, reasonably priced.

    That concludes it. I need to hit the gym now. Hope this is of help to future visitors.