Mariona – the catalans are the best

mariona1Excellent!! That doesn’t say much but it says it all.

The place is small, inconspicuous and always packed. The menue is straightforward and changes every day. Josep, owner and cook, brings only those ingredients on the table he finds worthy enough when he does his daily shopping at the market.  A dozen or so appetizers, a few main courses and two, three desserts are being created each day. The cooks can run riot with their creativity and it doesn’t take more dishes to convince the customer of the greatness of catalan cuisine. The drinks menu is manageable, but the few wines chosen well. The waiters are knowleadgeable (hooray!),  attentive and brisk. We are here once again in a larger group and to save us from the difficulty of choosing what to eat, we order all of todays 14 starters for all of us to try.

To start of with we have a cava, olives and some homemade bread with seasalt and then, one after the other we receive: Rabbit-clam-stew, tuna-carpaccio on salad, ox cheeks on chickpeapuree, Hokkaido-pumpkin soup with truffles, cold tomatoe soup with deepfried manioc chips, Pulpo à la Gallega (octopus), quail on caramelized figs, codfish-mousse with black pudding, hot pork filet with fondant potatoes, goat cheese au gratin on apple carpaccio, papas arrugadas with truffle mayonnaise, scallops on pistachio cream with onion confit, shrimps with garlic, gourmet hamburger with serrano ham and truffle mayonnaise…
Excellent! I’ve said that before but it ought to be said again. And the cost? You need about two starters to satisfy a hunger, they come at € 7-8 each.

And now go and try the – in my opinion – at the moment best tapas restaurant in town.

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Mariona
www.mariona-berlin.de
Skalitzer Str. 94 b / Kreuzberg
U-Bhf Görlitzer Bhf

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