Wednesday

Eating in Berlin...


Having literally just step off the plane from a girls city break I can honestly say Berlin was nothing of what I was expecting - I actually don't know what I thought it would be like. 

It's vast, spacious, clean, green and not once packed with tourists (like London) - even at the bigger tourist sites we moved around freely, had no issues seating all six of us in busy recommended restaurants and genuinely had a blast. The architecture is a total mix of ultra modern designs and traditional, colossal buildings which house many of its museums.  




A city which never seems to stop. Restaurants being packed from 6pm through till midnight. Clubs and bars often close at six or seven in the morning and even then there's somewhere to go after this some don't close till Monday morning. During the day, the city is quiet, we walked around spacious streets with hardly anyone on them. It's super clean and had a very safe feeling about it which is always refreshing being in a City of which I now absolutely nothing about. Being a group of six girls we rented an apartment in the center of Mitte and this gave us every opportunity to get around easily (once we had mastered the complicated U and S Bahn AKA their train) and see most sites with them being on our doorsteps. 

Friday evening we popped over the river to KaterHolzig/Kater Schmaus which is an experience in itself, and one you have to go to. If you can get a table for dinner this saves you the wrath of the strict doormen. It's on the top floor of an old basically run down warehouse, with different themed rooms to take you into the night and covered in graffiti, artefacts and any other bits of strange items they could get their hands on. Centred around a courtyard with fire-pit,  disco 'sheds' and a hut selling noodle soups with herrings - in other words it's very 'trendy' Berlin and very hard to describe without it sounding... odd - see pics below. 






Upstairs is a fabulous restaurant, themed in the same way serving delicious food and one of the best 'DIY' steak tartar's I have ever eaten. Please excuse photos as they're prohibited so I was being a little sneaky!








Fresh Bread

Amazingly good steak tartar
The tartar was so tender it melted in your mouth. I loved the addition of fresh anchovies and pickles which I preceded to add all in and give it a good mix around before gobbling it up straight away. 



The menu is how I like menu's to be - 4 choices for each course and every one delicious. I toyed with the idea of having gnocchi however settled upon the cod with spelt risotto (that explains the slight bite) of which I was seriously happy with. The flavour was outstandingly rich and moreish. The fish and octopus was cooked to perfection, an overall success. 





Beef tenderloin, rosemary jus, potatoes, veg and pancetta
We finished our meal at KaterSchmaus around 11:45pm just as the club Kater Holzig below was warming up - perfect timing. 

Saturday brought a new day and we hit the various sights - highly recommend one of the boat tours of the river to see some of the older buildings and use as an excuse to put your feet up for an hour or so! 

Breakfast and brunch are a big thing in Berlin with many places serving up buffets for 9-15€ not including drinks. Almost always good value and not once did we come across one we didn't enjoy. 

not the prettiest but super tasty eggs with speck
Lunch brought something which Miss K and I has been looking forward to all trip - Currywurst. German sausage, steamed then fried. Cut into slices then smothered in a curried ketchup, Worcester sauce and curry powder. It's actually delicious, cheap (€2-3) and sold all over Berlin out of small shacks. I only wish I was more hungover as this would have been an excellent hangover cure.




The night saw a more sophisticated dinner at Aigner.



Here I chose the Salmon with blinis and caviar. Super light blinis, sashimi salmon slithers were set off well against the salty caviar and soured cream. A great starter to have with what is possibly some of the biggest main portions I have had in my foodie history... 



Other starters around the table:


Traditional German meatball soup
Salad of walnut, mozzarella and ham 
My main was weiner schnitzel (properly done with veal) was enormous. Very very thinly sliced veal was battered lightly in a crispy breadcrumbed coating. Served with a warm potato salad as it should be this sadly beat me in size, and also won in taste. The veal was tender and still juicy and beat many of the other sorry schnitzels I have had before back home. Mr M however, still does the best I know!! 


Not the prettiest of dishes but one I had to post due to size was the crispy chicken... It was delicious in taste however just totally huge in size - almost half a chickens worth if not more!!



The duck dish is highly recommended but one I didn't photograph.

This is a very small snippet of my three days. Berlin has so many places to see, do, eat and relax. It's a wonderfully diverse city, with so much space you can find yourself sometimes being the only people on the street - never in London! A city I would definitely recommend to go in a group as we did, there's some brilliant places to go out in and areas which most definitely need to be explored by night. 


KaterSchmaus:
Call 004930 51 05 21 34 
or by email to katerschmaus@katerholzig.de
Reservation Hours Tue - Sat 12:00 - 18:00 I recommend getting a taxi as it is near on impossible to find. 


Aigner:
Address: Französische Straße 25, 10117, Germany
Phone:+49 30 203751850


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