A brother-and-sister duo are seeking to dispel the myths about Berlin's cuisine (or, more importantly, its lack thereof) and show people exactly why they love Berliner food. They presented five variations on classic Berlin dishes, subtly and not-so-subtly updated.
We attended a meal by Björn Schmidt, a Swedish ad agency refugee turned Berlin supper club chef. Together with a few friends, he operates one of Berlin's more popular clubs, RollinRestaurant. "My mission is to open the eyes of Germans to Scandinavian cuisine. When I say Scandinavian or Nordic, people say 'Well, I tried that at Ikea,' and that is not how I want Scandinavian cuisine to be defined."
In a move probably alleged to be a miracle of social marketing, McDonald's Germany recently unveiled five crowd-sourced burgers, each with a vaguely German focus.
When you think of German food, certain things tend to come to mind. Cabbage, potatoes, sauerkraut, schnitzel, potatoes, bread, pickles. But these things don't tend to travel well. Luckily, Germany is home to a whole host of other foods that can make the journey home just fine. And people will thank you.
American-run burger and steakhouse The Bird claims to make Berlin's highest-quality hamburgers, and seems to have the credentials to back it up. But there's trouble in paradise.
Burgermeister occupies a building under the train tracks near U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor formerly used as a public restroom. Yeah, don't ask. The point is, now it's a damn fine hamburger restaurant.
Berlin isn't the first city that comes to mind when thinking of Europe's rich culinary traditions. But hidden behind the thousands of döner shops is a hearty, affordable food scene, drawing from Berlin's multikulti landscape. Here are 10 cheap eats—currywurst, schnitzel, falafel, and more.
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