Posts Tagged ‘Berlin’

Resto 1 of 2019 – Gaffel Haus, Berlin

January 17, 2019

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Rather a slack start on the reviewing front in 2019. It was a couple of weeks ago that we were in Berlin for a very brief visit. The arrival day food equation was very simple to calculate:-

Hunger + zero temperature + Berlin = Sausage

After a quick drink in the cocktail bar next door (Windhorst, highly recommended for drinks and music) we opted for the Kölnisch delights of Gaffel Haus as our sausage merchant. I was worried for the integrity of this place – from the outside it looked like a tourist trap – but once inside I was reassured. Yes, it was a tourist trap but the locals didn’t seem to mind and there were plenty of them in evidence.

The room is big with plenty of Köln memorabilia around the walls, enough to remind me of fun times in 2018. The menu had everything I expected (and wanted) and nothing more. So it was sausage, chips and sauerkraut with tiny beers on the side please.

The food didn’t disappoint (it’s not the most complicated cuisine to get right I guess) and the service was excellent. As the evening progressed the room filled up and we realised we were actually lucky to get a table. It was a good way to kick off the trip.

8/10

#food #Berlin

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Resto 49 Brauhaus Georg Braeu, Mitte

September 5, 2017

Having briefly gone off piste to the east we returned for the last evening of our stay in Berlin to pig paradise. We wanted trad German and Shaun knew where to get it. Georg Braeu is right next to the Spree in the heart of Berlin and we feared the worst. This was like eating fish and chips in Leicester Square, not a thing I would willingly do. But I was wrong.

True, the clientèle was mostly made up of tourists (including ourselves) and five of us slotted into a booth opposite a Chinese family. The food, however, was excellent. Football sized knuckles brought back memories of Death by Pig in Bonn back in 2014 so I went for a goulash. This was richly favoured and generously meated. A couple of cannonball sized dumplings for stodge and a slick of sauerkraut completed a Teutonic trio that will live long in the memory (and a fair while in the stomach).

I was ready to be excited by the beer as we ordered a metre of it in a dozen 0,2 measures. However, rather than a kaleidoscope of ale this turned out to be 6 dark beers and 6 lagers. But it tasted good. The waiter asked us why we were in Berlin. To play and watch football we said. He looked nonplussed that we’d travel all this way to do either when both were friendlies. But he wasn’t witness to the greatest second half ever played by a bunch of still drunk people since the last time we did that. Or to the 9-9 thriller at Union which seemed the soccer equivalent of a WWE bout.

Would I recommend the Georg Braeu? Yes, but make sure you’re really hungry and don’t bother with the metre of beer. It looks good in a photo but seems an awful lot of washing up when you could deliver that beer in a couple of jugs.

8/10

#food #berlin

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Resto 48 Salt and Pepper, Ostkreuze

September 4, 2017


Having played one football match and watched another (the first finishing 2-6, the second 9-9) our team was looking for something other than pig to eat for a change. We found it in the shape of Salt and Pepper, an Indian restaurant which rather curiously allows you to order from the menu of the Mexican down the road. I have to say that alarm bells were ringing at that prospect but while the food was unspectacular it wasn’t awful.

The highlight came from a pungently spicy green dip among the three on offer with the popadoms. The other two were suffering from blandular fever. My main of mutton curry had good flaky bits of meat in an unspectacular sauce and a generous helping of rice. Naan wasn’t as luxurious as you’d normally encounter in the U.K. but maybe that was to fit in with the local taste.

Given that we were about 10 at table the service was straightforward and friendly with good beer (well, it’s Germany isn’t it?). Not being listed on the menu an enquiry was made as to whether Irish coffee was available. They didn’t know what it was but they said they’d endeavour to satisfy the demand. Presumably after a quick scan of Google a nausea-inducing glass of whipped cream, coffee and whiskey (what a waste) was provided which though not to my taste appeared to meet with the approval of my fellow diners.

S’n’P may not be the greatest Indian restaurant in the world (or even Ostkreuze) but it did the job for a hungry football team on a Saturday night.

6/10

P.s Cheers to Gavin for the picture, I forgot to take one.

To see which other restaurants I’ve visited in 2016/7 check out my GoogleMap


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