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


Mar y Sol – far away from sea and sunshine

Well, the location is nice being on Savigny Platz with a large, green terrace. I have been here years ago and had a mediocre fish soup. Another visit stayed in my mind as being a waste of time, but now I am invited and as the place is always packed when I drive past it, I am interested to find out what it will be like third time round . The bottle of wine is cold and comes in a cooler.The glasses are of good quality. That’s about it. The rest is rather frightening. The girl, that is serving us sitting outside on a sticky table, has never been to Spain and hasn’t got much of an idea about the menue. Well, we order the usual tapas each spanish housewife can do blindfolded, out of lack of unusual ones. Braised chicken with garlic (too braised, the meat has fallen of the bone and has to be labouriously picked out), fresh goat cheese with figs in honey oil (there could have been a fig somewhere in the kitchen, but it never met up with the cheese), fresh dates in bacon (dates>>   read more / weiterlesen


Toca Rouge – only if you’re not choosy

Absolutely hyped and completely overrated. The interior is extravangant, o.k., but nothing else. The tables are small, too small should you want to order more than fits on two plates and you wouldn’t be able to see your food as the LED lamps form circles of light big enough for two plates + your drink. The dishes have funny names like Making Sense, Seven Seconds, Mao’s Darling, A Better Tomorrow… We try Pretty Woman, turnip chicken salad in fish-honey sauce, rather boring if it wasn’t for the 3-4 bits of chillie. My brother takes the Spider Beef, roastbeef in hot coriandersauce, which is o.k. The main courses are Long Life, mandarin noodles in too sour sesame-garlic sauce, and Chop Chop, apparently lamb with mince sauce but so finely chopped and covered in mince you cannot get a taste of lamb at all. No guys, this doesn’t work. You won’t be more than a tourist trap. Yours Saskia Sanchez

Toca Rouge
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El Borriquito – a must not

No, no, no… This place used to be my hangout. You could eat and drink until 5 in the morning, there was always someone playing music at some point, but… it is not my place anymore. If it wasn’t for the spanish/south american waiters, the tacky decor of bullfight posters, donkeys (hence the name of the place), dried peppers and spanish flags and football team emblems, you would think you are at a tourist hang out in a hostal. Not just the clientel has changed, but the food has become inacceptable. Take a look into the kitchen. I don’t see no spanish in there! No señora or señor whose marvellous Paella recipe is known all over town, who know just how thin the layer of flour has to be on the sardines when being deep fried, who would not let a cheese become sweaty and tasteless from standing around in the warm kitchen for too long, who can cut a good jamon serrano so thin that this alone distinguishes it from any chunk of ham. I could carry on an on. There>>   read more / weiterlesen