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Marqués Rene Maschkiwitz

by James Glazebrook

Marques restaurant menu

There are so many good places to eat and drink in Graefekiez that if we ever tried to feature them all, before we were finished, a bunch of new ones would have opened up around them. We walked passed Marqués Rene Maschkiwitz many times, mistaking its crisp tableware and affluent-looking guests for an air of stuffiness. For sure, the food isn’t cheap, but it is far from old-fashioned – the restaurant’s refreshing take on Mediterranean adds popcorn to pork and curry paste to pasta. The combinations are better than they sound, honest (just check out Zoë’s beautiful photos!), especially when washed down with the bar’s specialty cocktails – we enjoyed a gorgeous Melon Ball. Add this one to your list of places to eat at when the parents are visiting… and paying 😉

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Marqués Rene Maschkiwitz, Graefestraße 92, 10967 Berlin.

(Photos by Zoë Noble Photography)

 

 

Feliu

by James Glazebrook

Feliu restaurant menu

If anyone ever asks where we could see ourselves living, if we weren’t in Berlin, our answer is always: Barcelona. Fortunately for us, the team behind the popular Neukölln tapas bar Gaston have opened up a new restaurant nearby, which brings Catalonian cuisine to (nearly!) our doorstep. Feliu is a charming, rustic restaurant next to AKA on Pflügerstrasse, which serves up  a contemporary twist on classic Mediterranean food, in warm, candlelit surroundings.

We were treated to a selection from their seasonal menu, starting with roasted aubergine in miso vinaigrette and manchego cured cheese, and mouth-watering red tuna tataki with fresh green and white asparagus and wasabi mayonnaise. The centrepiece of the meal, and the pride of Feliu’s menu, was the seafood fideuà – a Catalan version of paella which substitutes vermicelli noodles for rice, and features some of the most sumptuous shellfish we’ve ever tasted in Berlin. (Speaking of paella, some Sundays are paella day – follow Feliu on Facebook to find out when.) We recommend visiting Feliu in summer, while the (sometimes!) sunny weather matches the fresh Mediterranean flavours on offer at this welcoming, delightful restaurant.

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Feliu restaurant Seafood fideuà

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Photos by Zoë Noble Photography.

Defne

by James Glazebrook

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Defne was a favourite of ours even before we moved to Berlin. We discovered it while strolling along the Landwehrkanal one spring, took friends there on subsequent trips, and continue to use it as our go-to for intimate mid-range dining. Defne serves a reasonably priced fusion of Mediterranean and Turkish in the leafy surroundings of the quiet canalside street, Planufer. Menu highlights include the generous meze sharing plate, the hilariously named Hungry Wolf (sizzling lamb), the sometime-special lamb shank and dishes made with the fresh seafood available every Friday and Saturday. Booking is advised in summer, when the small restaurant and its pretty terrace fills up, but well worth it.

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