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Mogg & Melzer

by James Glazebrook

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Already something of a Berlin institution, Mogg & Melzer has become a staple of the city’s food scene since opening its doors just two years ago. The small but perfectly formed restaurant, inside the former Jewish girl’s school on Mitte’s Auguststra√üe, serves up probably the best New York-style deli food to be found in a city which still considers a slice of cheese on Br√∂tchen as a decent sandwich. We’ve chewed our way through most of M&M’s excellent menu over the years, but we always find ourselves alighting on the salt beef (on the rare occasions that it’s not sold out), pastrami on rye, or the Reuben. Served with a side of coleslaw and a crispy pickle, each sandwich comes in small or large – no prizes for guessing which we opt for! – and is literally dripping with meaty goodness. Just like in NYC, arrive early to get a seat and your pick of delicious food, and spend your time savouring every last mouthful of Mogg & Melzer.

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Neue Heimat’s Bar and Food Night

by James Glazebrook

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Summer’s well and truly over, but that doesn’t mean that Berlin’s burgeoning street food scene has to suffer. Sure, open air events like Markthalle Neun’s Stadt Land Food¬†are going into hibernation, but Bite Club¬†has moved indoors, and more and more pop-up food events are, er, popping up, seeking shelter in bars, clubs and other venues all over the city.

One recent discovery is¬†Neue Heimat‘s bar and food night, which can be found in a converted railway shed in the RAW Complex in Friedrichshain (also the location of the fantastic Urban Spree). As well as the ever-present Mogg & Melzer, eatable treats were provided by the Happy Belly¬†oyster bar,¬†Schneewei√ü‘s pop-up restaurant and more! We tucked into a succulent surf n’ turf burger from Fisch Art and a chorizo and bean-filled delight from¬†Maria Maria Arepas, while lubrication came in the form of Red Snappers (gin-laced Bloody Maries), Old Fashioneds and Negronis.

If you’re a fan of jazz, you’ll be happy to note that all this deliciousness coincides with the Jazzy Fridays weekly live sessions – and those who like their music with more bleeps and bloops will probably feel the main room DJ (thanks for the Caribou!). With entertainment going on until 4am or later, and more awesome food and drink than you could safely consume, Neue Heimat’s set to live up to its name in the cold months to come. Make this your new home this winter.

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Filterhouse

by James Glazebrook

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The owners of Filterhouse have their priorities in order. By day, they serve an impressive selection of filter coffees, and by night, a full menu of gin and tonics. Replacing the reliable Caf√© Matilda, Filterhouse is ramping up the hipsterfication of our beloved Graefekiez¬†with cold brew and cold drip (where did summer go?) and paleo options which taste as good as real Homo sapien food. We can recommend the pancakes with blueberries, coconut, syrup and mint, the (non-paleo) roast chicken with lime and spinach pesto in coffee-encrusted bread, and the coffee…¬†Oh, the coffee! I tried a Gichathaini from Kenya, which was like a rhubarb-y kick up my arse – and I can’t wait to try the rest of the extensive selection. If you like coffee and/or food, check out Filterhouse. If you don’t, get out now!

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Bite Club

by James Glazebrook

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It’s frankly bonkers that we’ve not been to Bite Club¬†before now. The regular street food festival combines some of our favourite things: yummy food, booze, DJs spinning disco and the company of friends and their dogs (B.Y.O.Bully), all enjoyed al fresco, on a beautiful Berlin summer evening. We headed to the Kreuzberg edition, situated among the shipping containers of¬†Hoppetosse by Badeschiff, to sink our teeth into Bunsmobile‘s next level three-hour-braised bacon burger and Heisser Hobel‘s¬†K√§sesp√§tzle¬†- the most mac n’ cheesy we’ve ever had! For drinks, we sampled the best of the Singleton Whisky Bar, including the¬†Boss Hog, a blend of Tailfire single malt, Grand Marnier, sea salted caramel, bitters and… more bacon! Topped off with an ice cream sandwich from Zwei Dicke B√§ren, we took one more glance at the stunning view down the Spree, before stumbling home to sleep the sleep of the contented. Make sure you don’t miss the next Bite Club!

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Thai Park

by James Glazebrook

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You know how you’re always complaining about the lack of real spicy Asian food in Berlin? And how you won’t venture past Schöneberg on the U-Bahn because West Berlin? Well these two things are not unrelated Рand the fact is that you can spend a lovely day out and eat some of the best food you’ve had since moving here, by filling your face at Thai Park.

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You’re looking for the middle of the field at the centre of Preußenpark, situated on the U7, just behind the fleamarket at Fehrbelliner Platz (here’s a map). There you’ll find a cluster of colourful umbrellas, under which the local Thai community are frying up their freshest, finest, most affordable national dishes. Grab a Som Tam salad or something far less heathy, order yourself a caipirinha from the cocktails and shisha stall (multikulti, na?), and find yourself a patch of grass. Then sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of one of our new favourite spots in Berlin.

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Kaizoku Feast Club

by James Glazebrook

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It’s been a while since we’ve been to good supper club, and this was very good supper club indeed.¬†Kaizoku Feast Club¬†is run by the people behind the Japanese Curry pop-up of the same name, a couple of expats who are determined to bring authentic Asian flavours to Berlin. For their first feast, they invited us to sample a selection of hard-to-find dishes based on Szechuan cuisine, all washed down with local microbrew.

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The epic tasting menu was designed to showcase the full range of this particular Chinese cooking tradition, and did it with aplomb. We had pork, beef, even ginger poached chicken presented in triplicate, each time with a different delicious sauce (for the completists, those were classic red oil, fish fragrant and Szechuanese pepper and sesame dressings), and everything was gorgeous, from the roasted red peanuts that whet our appetites to the rice dumplings in sweet honey soup that closed the door on our stomachs.

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Kaizoku Feast Club lives up to its name, so anyone who wants to dig into healthy portions of Asian awesomeness should like this Facebook page for sweet, sweet updates.

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Pieoneers bring scotch eggs to √ľberlin!

by James Glazebrook

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Just as the quickest route to our heart is through our stomach, the surest way to gain access to the √ľberlin coworking space is by toting bags full of delicious food. A couple of weeks after Silo brought their coffee beans and expertise to us, Pieoneers followed carrying meaty treats aplenty. On the menu were one of their delicious savoury pies and two kinds of Scotch eggs, an English delicacy that is perfect for lining the stomach for a serious night of drinking down the pub.

One of these baked, breaded beauties amounted to nothing less than the perfect hangover cure – recreating a Bloody Mary, with a tomato and basil salsa that replaces the egg’s yolk, all bound together with Worcestershire Sauce and, yep, vodka! The other variety, and the accompanying pie, both lined with black pudding, left us totally satiated, bellies full and homesickness abated.

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To sample a taste of (our) home, go to pieoneers.de and place an online order(!) for pies, Scotch eggs (also available in veggie-friendly Falafel flavour), homemade chutneys and other specialities. Long live Pieoneers!

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Silo Coffee visits √ľberlin

by James Glazebrook

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We didn’t *just* set up a coworking space¬†to give us an excuse to set up a standing order for speciality coffee, but a partnership with Silo Coffee is one of the very first things we sorted out! The guys from Silo went out of their way to deliver the first batch of beans themselves, and took the opportunity to give us an impromptu coffee-making demonstration while they were here. For the geeks out there, our grab bag of goodies included: a Suke Quto from Ethiopia via The Barn, a Huila Palestina also roasted here in Berlin, by Bonanza – oh, and one of the most sought-after coffees in the world, a Geisha. Morgan and¬†Pavel showed us how to prepare the perfect AeroPress coffee and¬†left us with a recipe for cold brew that I’m looking forward to trying out. Yay!

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If you’re interested in tasting Silo’s black stuff, here’s how:

- visit Silo’s wonderful caf√© in Friedrichshain
- sign up for the Silo Curated Coffee Subscription, and get delicious beans/grounds delivered to your doorstop
- rent a desk at our coworking space! We brew up the finest specialty coffees every day, and I’m currently working out how to get it to come straight out of the taps. ;)

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Roamers

by James Glazebrook

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We love the quote that Neuk√∂lln caf√© Roamers has adopted as its banner: “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.” The man who originally spoke those words, American golfer Walter Hagen, sounds like a chilled fellow, so we think he’d appreciate the relaxed, rustic vibes of Roamers. Very much a (farm) family affair, the Pannierstra√üe hangout features plants from co-owner Flore Schmidt’s aunt’s flowershop, lamps and chairs from the factory his uncle used to work in, tables built by his stepfather and a counter made of the old door to his family’s pony stable. Schmidt has been cooking since the age of 15, and with his partner¬†Chris Schiefner, creates healthy, tasty fare from hearty sandwiches (mmm¬†Welsh Rarebit) to nutrient-packed salads and smoothies. They say they put all of their passion into every dish and, from the food itself to the furniture and fixtures, love is all around at Roamers.

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Tommi’s Burger Joint

by James Glazebrook

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I’ve finally learned my lesson: no more proclaiming that I’ve found the best burger in Berlin! Every time I think I’ve found the perfect patty, along comes another that kicks its buns! Which brings me to this week’s favourite bap-house: Tommi’s Burger Joint. The most easterly outpost of the Icelandic chain that’s kicked McDonalds out of its home country is situated on Invalidenstrasse, just a quick drunken amble from Weinbergsweg, Mitte’s best summer hangout spot. Like all of the Icelandic joints, and the one in London, it’s staffed by a family member of the eponymous Tommi – in Berlin, that would be the guy with the epic peroxide-blonde beard! What he’s cooking up is the finest¬†Black Angus beef from a bio farm in Scotland, just one of the discoveries of the farmer Tommi when we travelled the world for a year as research. We think this was time well spent, as you can taste the passion in every perfectly grilled mouthful, in every gulp of delicious milkshake. Yet another awesome Berlin burger joint to check out – watch your waistlines people!

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