Eating Berlin – brunch, snacks and traditional fare

Last June we went to Berlin to visit my German friend Trixie, who use to live in London, but has moved back to Germany. Berlin is a mad city. I love it!   Here is a rough guide of places to eat in Berlin. I tried and recommend the following:
Cafe  100 Wasser
Simon-Dach-Str. 39

(Corner Krossener Str.)
10245 Berlin

Telephone: +49 (0)30 / 29 00 13 56
 Berliners enjoy spending their weekends over a very long brunch with family and friends. It can last for hours. At Cafe 100 Wasser there is a set price for the brunch buffet  at €9.50 per person including tea and coffee on Sundays and €7.90 excluding drinks on Saturdays. There is plenty of food to choose from the self-serviced buffet and you can eat as much as you want.  Homemade cakes are very tasty and light. The deco is colourful and a bit Mediterranean/Moroccan. The staff is very friendly and there was no pressure to vacate the table.
fruits, cakes, cold meats, cheese, breads, tapas
fresh salads and seafood
yogurts, cereals, and jams
first helping
Traditional: pickled fillet of herring and fleischkaese (frankfurters spam) with sweet mustard
Snacks, lunch, drinks and diner
The next place is right in the centre of Berlin:
Charlottenstrasse 55  – Mitte
Nearest underground: Franzosische Strasse
t: +49 (0)30 20 45 40 99
Mon – Sun: 11:00 – 1:00am
This Bavarian restaurant and bar is situated next to the Jägerstraße Platz.  Tables with chequered white and blue tablecloths in the pavement where they serve drinks, snacks and full meals, weather permitting.  Inside the traditional decoration is warm and inviting. Staff is young and helpful at times. The place is frequented by tourist and locals alike. We had a small bite to tidy us over till dinner.
Weisswurste – traditional Bavarian sausage
caraway bread, sausage and delicious sweet mustard EU 6
Warmer Apfefstrudel mit Vanillesauce
The bill for 2 snacks,  1 coffee, 2 teas and 1 juice

Traditional German fare:
Zur Gerichtslaube 
GuB Gastronomie GmbH
Poststr. 28
D-10178 Berlin
t: +49 30 / 241 56 97

This establishment is located at a pedestrian area in picturesque Nikolaiviertel in medieval part of  Mitte by the canal.  The building dates from 1270 and it used to be a court house. There’s a large outside area. Inside the restaurant is quite cozy and traditionally decorated. It was full on a Friday night and we had to wait for a table as we didn’t have a reservation. The staff can be rather slow and not very charming. There’s only one very poorly decorated restroom. However, the food was tasty and the portions are generous. The clientele tend to be families and they are child friendly inside and the outside tables were young and trendy. Good traditional German fare. If you go try, the knuckle of pork – it’s massive!


very small bar area – almost non-existent
The restaurant inside
Karster (smoked and braised pork) stuffed with prunes, wine-flavoured sauerkraut and herb potatoes
Schweine-Schnitzel with chanterelle mushrooms and potato
Berliner Häckerle (spicy fish tartare) served on herb-seasoned potato pancakes
pork scallops with chanterelle mushrooms and potato gratin
plenty of lovely beer
the bill  €80.30 for 4 people – reasonable

Next chapter : fine dining in Berlin.



1 Comment

  1. Holidays to koh lanta
    March 22, 2012 / 1:42 am

    Those food look delicious. Eating these Berlin delicacies is what I miss most from that city. I hope I can go back there again soon.