Summer Edition: What to Eat in Berlin This (Hot) Summer
Isn’t summer wonderful? The possibilities of eating fresh seasonal produce are endless. The succulent fruits, berries and vegetables all taste as if they were plucked from the sun-warmed dirt just this minute. Did you know, by the way, that tomatoes, zucchini and watermelon are the top three nutritious foods to eat in hot weather?
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We hope we had you properly hydrated with our summer drink picks from last week. In a pursuit of avoiding a heat stroke and enjoying the lovely terraces, we now turn to experimental summer meal ideas from Berlin’s chefs who never stop to surprise.
Hidden in a historic Pfefferberg, just up the stairs you will find Kink, an oasis with an Italian piazza feel and a good amount of beautiful people. On the menu, among other exciting items (such as asparagus sorbet and beef tongue sandwich), is a wild-caught langoustine from Northern France, marinated and served raw with chili mayo and mint, topped with house-fermented celery, garlic sprouts, and a drizzle of shell bisque infused with jasmine tea. This dish screams summer to us!
Rather picnic in a park? A popular Korean food joint YamYam in Mitte now offers two picnic options: vegan and mixed, both for under 60 euro. Dumplings, kimchi, rolls, fish cakes and many other popular menu items are served, not to mention a bottle of rosé wine. Every set also includes a blanket, dishes, cutlery and candles.
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Block your calendar for this summer’s Friday hangout! A veteran of Berlin’s street food, Bite Club has triumphally reopened a few weeks ago. Every Friday at Gleisdreieck you will find stalls of round-the-world cuisine from some of Berlin most promising chefs. You can taste Caribbean-hot jerk chicken from Vybz, pittas from The Shawarma Mamma and fresh and fiery bibimbap from Son Kitchen. Woop Woop’s ice cream is there for those with a sweet tooth. More vendors are being added every week, including Ma-Makan with their Malaysian dishes and matcha shaved ice from Tenzan Lab.
Craving a Michelin-star type of experience? On Tisk’s summer menu are small bites, as well as 3-5 course options with cold cucumber soup, beets, chanterelles, wild boar and other outstanding foods. These will have your mouth water. We also love that all Tisk’s vegetables and herbs come from just an hour away, southwest of Berlin. Grown locally and harvested by hand, they then end up directly on your plate. You also have an option of buying their fresh produce at the restaurant.
Choosing salads over anything but bored by the traditional lettuce options? At Northern Chinese institution Da Jia Le, chilled veggie dishes are as exciting as the hot ones. Our picks are marinated cucumber salad with cilantro and chicken and a cold “five-colors” noodle salad.We also like Gem Lettuce Salad (hearts with very finely grated cheese and linseed) at Annelies. Roasted Romanesco, Kohlrabi and Herb Salad with Hazelnuts, and Roasted Zucchini are also to die for. Oh, and the café’s interior, so refined, so pretty – every piece seems to be specially chosen just for this spot.
Another summer find of ours is Naninka, a neo-Peruvian restaurant in Moabit. Fresh ceviche sounds like a perfectly refreshing meal on a hot summer day. Many ceviche recipes are on the menu, as well as sashimi, quinoa salad, rolls, tartars and other ever-changing, appetite-igniting dishes. Pair what you order with a Pisco Sour from their Pisco Bar (and there’s also Inca Cola (for those who know)).