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Feb 4, 2014 07:45 AM

Chef looking for great experiences in Berlin next week

I'm a Canadian chef visiting Berlin next week for 8 days - first time. Staying on Blucherstrasse in Kreuzberg. don't need Michelin - do need great experiences. suggestions welcome. Also need a great place for macchiatos. A colleague and I are attending Berlinale at Potz Platz

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  1. These are all suggestions in your area:

    Wirtshaus zum Mitterhofer -- Austrian home cooking
    Thalassa -- very good Greek
    Hartmanns (one Michelin)
    Noi Quattro -- fancy Italian
    Zur Henne (you better like fried chicken)

    FWIW, stay away from any restaurants on or near Potsdamer Platz -- they all suck. However, I've heard that there are a bunch of food trucks for the Berlinale this year. Might be fun -- it's a fairly new thing for the city, the whole food truck bidnez.

    Any particular cuisines you'd be interested in?

    Hasir is popular for Turkish, and Imren on Boppstr. serves up a fab shwarma....

    Good coffee can be had at Five Elephant & westberlin.

    My favorite, however, is Double-Eye in Schöneberg and Godshot in Prenzlauer Berg.

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    1. re: linguafood

      Thanks Linguafood. Love Turkish and med. I'm deeply involved in Slow Food (co-chair of Slow Food Canada) so Italian and local figure prominently. won't eat at Berlinale - just watch films!

      1. re: mhowellgtc

        Well, you'll have to try Il Casolare then, a pizza place run by Italian ex-pat punks. People love to complain about the "rude" service, but it's one of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas in town. They have a sister restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg, I Due Forni.

        Masaniello, relatively close to where you're staying, also makes a pretty fantastic Neapolitan pizza. Good antipasti as well.

        Noodles e Figli used to be quite good, but I haven't been in over a year, so I am hesitant to recommend them. They do subscribe to the whole slow food movement, tho.

        Grünfisch is on Graefestr., also nearby, owned by a Sicilian and a Vietnamese guy. Their old location was very good - one of the few places that got fusion right, but I personally haven't been to the new location.

        Anyway, let me know if I pointed you to the wrong 'hood, as Blücherstr. is fairly long, and I'd be more than happy to make more recs.

        1. re: linguafood

          Its Blucherstrasse quite close to Urbanstrasse.

          1. re: mhowellgtc

            I guess my suggestions all pretty much apply, then.

            Guten Appetit!

    2. If you can get to the TurkischeMarkt on the canal, in Kreuzberg, do so. It's an open air market, only open a couple of days a week. If you like Donner Kebabs, this is as good a place to find them as there is.
      Many schnell imbiss (quick eats) places have good curry wurst and Doner's. But, I find the Markt worth seeking out, for its atmosphere, authenticity, and variety. Good place to wander about and pretend you're a native.
      I would also recommend a visit to the food halls at KaDeWe ,, on Tauentzienstrasse. The one comparable place I know of is Harods, but I prefer KaDeWe.

      1. How was your trip? I will be heading to Berlin mid-March for a week's stay and I too am very interested in the localvore and Farm to Table options.

        Did you discover any interesting places that you would like to share?

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        1. re: kkligerman

          Hi kkligerman - There are several markets in the city with great selections - old one Markethalle Neun - Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43) has fantastic selections of local foods - prepared and raw) aligned with Slow Food movement.
          excellent higher end turkish Osmans Töchter türkisches Restaurant Pappelallee 15, 10437
          Tucher Tor - high end German with decent food, right by brandenburg Gate, dramatic room , good wine list
          Visit the Turkish Market along canal at Maybachufer at Kotbusser damm great ethnic shopping and some good street food.
          we are told that Katz Orange , La Soupe Populaire and Rutz are all very good for higher end experiences but we didm;t make it there. Finally, the Food Hall on the 6th Floor of KaDeWe is a great browsing experience

          1. re: mhowellgtc

            Thank you! I already have reservations at Katz Orange and had looked at Rutz online. I will add La Soupe Populaire to my list of things to research.
            I can not wait to hit the markets. Sadly I will be in a hotel room without a kitchen but the sights and smells of the markets will be enough to savor.