Osteria Sippy – first try

I’ll make it short: It is a World Cup night and Italy has just lost against Cosa Rica. Not exactly the right day to try out an italian, but our friends raved about the place and told us there would be live music on a friday night. Not tonight, all attention is drawn to a beamer showing the football. The waiters are unattentive, the kitchen also a bit under the weather. Well, we will have to come back again as our first time here has not been convincing. The appetisers are o.k., but nothing special, my halibut is not being served as a filet but cut into slices and therfore comes full of bones, to soft and annoying to eat, the really big veal cutlet is still so raw our knives can hardly cut it…

Anyway, we’ll try again after the world cup.

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Osteria Sippy
www.sippy-osteria.com
Sanderstr. 10 a /Neukölln
U-Bhf Schönleinstrasse

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Basim – smile please

„For me the most underestimated Restaurant in the area“, says a commentary in the local newspaper. We are curious and try it out. The decor is reduced to essentials. Light wood for the floor, tables and chairs, the latter with comfortable cushions, the decor: big candles. It is early evening and the candle light warm and welcoming, yet one can see very well what is on the table. Basim Badr, the cook, is obviously not a Berliner and that works very well with the seasonal and regional cuisine on offer, because he gives it a special kick. The menue reads interesting, but I must admit, this time we go for basics. Snails, veal schnitzel, a cheese platter and desert. The snails have been cooked out of the shell in a fine herb stock and have got the right texture, not rubbery and not too cooked – just perfect. The veal schnitzel could not be better if an austrian had fried it. It is wrapped in very thin batter that is still intact and has therefore kept the meat juicy. Accompanied>>   read more / weiterlesen

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Tavernaki – what a pity

The area is not very frequented. Here one hopes the residents will come and that the odd tourist ,who doesn’t find his way to Charlottenburg castle, stops for a meal.

Whoever opens a restaurant here has to have something to offer so people come back on a regular basis. I was full of hope when after a few weeks of emptiness a new gastronomer promised to fill the gap. At long last: A greek! The inner decoration is clearly arranged, not overloaded, a few rustique wooden tables and the tipical greek chairs with braided seats whose legs stick uncomfortably into you after a while. On a shelf along the wall a few delicacies that can also be bought in the near future. So far so good, seems o.k. With the menue comes an ‚ouzo’ as  welcome drink. On the blackboard outside grilled seabass and gilthead, as well as veal liver are being advertised. On the menue one finds another aproximately 100 dishes. Oh dear… if it were all affectionately made starters, wonderfull, but what>>   read more / weiterlesen

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Lavanderia Vecchia – Eating with laundry

The road is a very busy one in Neukölln, not a cosy place. Home to small businesses, and it looks rather like work in progress, when we walk into the restaurant located in the second backyard. Outside, inside everywhere are clothes on the line. Checkered kitchen towels and white tablecloths, old fashionly embroidered – just as if somebody had just hung them up to dry in an old Lavanderia Vecchia, a laundry. As decor it goes astonishingly well with the restaurants unrendered brick walls and wooden tables (without cloths), who would otherwise look too much of being a workshop. Unconventional as the rooms is the concept of the kitchen: Before sitting down one has to pay for food and drink and that brings on the question: Lunch menue with three courses, or only pasta? We are a bit lost and order just a main course and a drink, only to realise that we would have liked to have a salad as a starter, just as the one looking so appetizingly on the table next to us. So we are back>>   read more / weiterlesen

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Bar Raval – Barcelona goes Berlin

Finding a good tapas bar is difficult in Berlin, but at the Raval you won’t get disappointed. The menue ranges from all time favourites like patatas bravas, pimientos de padron, tortilla española to own creations like tataki from iberico pork, avocado-tomato-mushroom salad and many more that vary depending on the season.

For the big Paella feast the time does not vary: Every first Monday of the month. Along with good eating goes good drinking. Wines and cavas from all regions are on the menue. This trendy, chic Bar has got the matching clientel so dress up for the occasion.

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Bar Raval barraval.de
Lübbener Str. 1 / Kreuzberg
U1 Görlitzer Bahnhof

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Grünfisch – nothing fishy about this place

One of my favourite italians has moved. From touristic Bergmannstrassenkiez to the trendy Gräfekiez. The interieur: classic; the service: very friendly and experienced; the clientele: a good mix of Kreuzbergers. The owner duo are an italian – who does the cooking – and a vietnamese – responsible for the service and wellbeing of everyone. A perfect combination which influences their food: Modern italian cuisine with sicilian roots and asian hints. To start off try the ‚Sicilian Antipasti’ plate whose ingredients are not the usual ones one finds there. Arranged like a painting comes deliciously coated goatcheese, wafer-thin marinated squid, rice balls filled with mushrooms, bresaola dotted with eggplant cream, scampis… and more. Further on the menue you will find exquisite fish dishes, mouth-watering home made pasta, perfectly done meat and lucious sweets. Or try one of their menues, which are very good value for price.

A good companion to all these flavoursome>>   read more / weiterlesen

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