Before going we had to book a couple of restaurants, so bookings at jaja berlin, a small-plates offering served alongside some pretty tasty wines, by an equally small but amazingly gracious team. Reservations at Industry Standard were miraculously acquired and their small plates (notice the trend that is taking over the world!) is now considered one of “the most exciting eateries Berlin has seen in modern time”, per Berlin Food Stories. Both restaurants are based in the ultra-hip Neukölln (think Brixton’s international mix meets Shoreditch’s bare-bones approach to trendiness) which is also home to probably the most insane late-night dessert/bar concepts I’ve ever been to; Coda. Let’s get this clear it is a dessert-bar, not a late-night “pastry shoppe”. Uber-cool and decked out in black and concrete, A made sure we found our way here down some dodgy-looking alley-ways, and it was really worth it. Flavour pairings were wild, as were some of the drinks, presentation was on point and the team were all chilled and amazing. Order the cicharrone popcorn…and then a second!! The standout dish for me was…get ready for it...milk, fig & anchovies….let it sink in!
Beverages at Coda are just as special with home-brewed sodas (with a bit of natural fizz), interesting wine-based cocktails and (of course) a selection of cocktails based on house ferments.
The point I'm getting at is that Berlin's food-scene is young and showing so much potential..we can't wait until our next visit! Street-food based around Korean and Middle-Eastern flavours (obviously not in the same bite) are the norm around town and keep the regulars busy. Do I even need to remind you that you're going to have your fill of brats and currywurst, here?!
Anyway, I’ve rambled and you’re now bored, but needless to say you can get a lot done in Berlin over 3 days. We’ve got a lot coming to you this year with so much detail to come in the next few weeks you won’t know what to do with it! Welcome to 2017 everyone!! R.
PS> Check out the map below to see where to find these spots as well as a reminder of the Christmas Markets to check out from yesterday's post.