Katchi Ice Cream Art, all natural ice cream & ice cream cake joint will be celebrating their grand opening tomorrow after a slight delay last week due to an unruly smashed freezer. Speed Bump removed, it looks like the ice cream shop that is located next door to popular fine dining joint, Petit Royal, will be on line starting this weekend. The joint will be doing an ice cream production showing every Saturday and baking their own cones every day. For tomorrows party which will take place from 1-8pm they will be featuring a 2 for 1 deal, specialized Sundaes, booze and treats.
Dream Baby Dream, the relaunched bar, formerly known as Melloch, is in the midst of their official opening over in Prenzlauer Berg. The bar is a sibling to the underground music joint 8MM, and is serving as a more above ground music type of joint adding some changes to the original location. New direction will include their new esspresso machine which will be put to use both for a strait forward coffee program, but also as an addition to their cocktail program. Today they unveil some new artwork, tomorrow they will be putting up some live music. Open invites to the events.
Maison Dang, new Vietnamese/Thai joint opened up a few weeks ago over in Mitte’s Tucholskystr. The location it occupies is a cafe hub of sorts; just around the corner from Mogg Deli and Pauly Saal, across the street from Cappuccino, and part of the same complex as Night Kitchen in Heckmann Hoff. It looks like the joint may be partially related to to Fam. Dang, the Viet/Thai joint over on Torstrasse, but that has not yet been confirmed. Oddly enough, though the awning of the joint actually says www.maisondang.com, the website leads to a dead link, so not much digital info online yet. Eatler reached out, more info. as it comes to light.
On Saturday, Japanese Delicatessen shop Hanabira celebrates its one year anniversary over at its location in Friedrichshain. They got a small buffet and drinks for 2 bucks a head. Check it out here
On Sunday, Pop-Up Seafood Sundays, going by the “from ocean to table” motto, sets up shop at rooftop spot Atelier Kreuzberg. No info about the menu but seafood is likely to make an appearance. Cocktails and booze guaranteed. Check it out here
Also happening on Sunday, Indian Pop-Up Kakatua drops by kitchen space Daheim in Kreuzberg for an Indonesian Pop-Up Lunch, to serve two dishes: Rendang, which is slow-cooked caramelized beef in coconut milk and Gado-Gado, a veggie plate drizzled with a coconut, peanut and lemongrass sauce. Check it out here
The Daily Dish is in from Ramen x Ramen in Friedrichshain, who’ve been seriously active in the ramen game since setting up their new shop at the beginning of the year. Their menu locks down ramen favourites like teriyaki, shiso and miso, but also the Tan Tan. It’s a sesame based broth with ground beef, topped with sesame and chilli. But the twist is in for this bowl of Ramen, because its comin’ at you with rice instead of noodles. Hey, Donald Trump is president, all the rules are scraped. So if you’re looking to change up your ramen bowl game, Go Eat That Now!
Palsta, wine bar doing some nordic cuisine in Neukölln is in gestation and due to open up later this summer. Judging by the artwork it looks like they are on the cusp of readiness. The joint is due to have a menu consisting of small bites to go along with their natural wine program and it seems like they will have a coffee program as well. Interesting to note that it looks like they will source at least some of the produce from their own garden. The crew has done numerous pop ups and catering events over the last few months and have been renovating the place for the last couple of months. Hard to tell exactly but if they fulfil predictions of a summer opening, it looks like mid August will be the due date.
Mitte – Italian resto Italo Fritzen got some love from Tip for their menu showcasing local crafts and products. They specifically enjoyed their “almost Standard-Standard” pizzas, handmade pasta and antipasti. Check out the full post here
Kreuzberg – Kumpel & Keule Speisewirtschaft was reviewed by Berliner Zeitung and received some tough words for their exuberant price/product/expectations ratio. The writer warns that readers shouldn’t follow every gastro trend. Check out the full post here
Kreuzberg – Kreuzberger Himmel, a Syrian restaurant run by Middle Eastern refugees, got some major love from Mit Vergnügen for their community involvement, cuisine and interior design. Check out the full post here
Mitte- L.A. Poke, the new poke joint that has been getting some active coverage as of late from their food to their design and everything in between, got some love from Femtastics. They interview the owner about her journey and mission to bring LA style Poke bowls to Berlin. Check out the full post here.
Other than that, Ex Berliner wrote a read-worthy article about Berlin’s mysterious crayfish boom. The crustaces have expanded their territory into Tiergarten and the Britzer Garden waters, duplicating by the thousands. Now, they’ve also found their way on our menus. Check out the full post here
For today’s edition of Eatler Reader Writes, one industry pro gives the rundown on 893 Ryotei
Charlottenburg- 893 Ryotei
On Kantstrasse, hidden behind darkened windows covered in graffiti is 893 Ryotei, the self proclaimed “finest Japanese restaurant”. Fine it most definitely is, but authentic Japanese it most certainly is not.
If you are going in hungry and are in the mood for cocktails, expect to pay about €75-100 per person. The restaurant is large, probably around 70-80 seats including stools at the bar. Even on a weekday, expect to find it difficult to get a last-minute table, so reserve at least a week ahead. It is a cozy restaurant where tables are a mere chopstick-length from the next. The vibe is cool and fast-paced with the open kitchen in the centre of the room.
With a menu of over 40 items, plus 24 different raw fish options, plus sides and desserts it is easy to get lost in the chill atmosphere and massive menu. Most dishes are very good, some even exceptional. Raw fish taquitos and grilled entrecôte with salsa don’t scream “Japanese” but Hello Kitty be damned if it isn’t delicious.
Tasty dishes: Miso Cod (sweet and melt-in-your-mouth), Tenderloin & Kinoko (cooked perfectly pink and served with a sweet teriyaki sauce), Negi Toro Maki (fatty tuna maki), Sashimi Taquitos Moriawase (jalepeño, spicy mayo, truffle…
Things to skip: Ika Tempura (bland tempura batter and Kewpie with a pinch of Shichimi – nothing special), dessert (get a cocktail instead).
893 Ryotei has an extensive wine list as well as sake, cocktails and digestives. The sake selection is expensive for what it is. It may be one of the few authentic Japanese items on the whole menu…but skip the ostentatious €17 per glass and just get a bottle of wine or some cocktails.
The dishes on the menu may not be authentic in Tokyo, but there is a reason 893 is the place to be, even on a Tuesday night in Berlin…
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Schwein, Charlottenburg sub-plant is moving into brunch territory starting this weekend. Schwein moved out to Char-burg about four months ago after a high profile critically acclaimed first year in Mitte. If you haven’t been able to bring yourself over to Char-burg for a mid-week dinner, you no longer have an excuse. Their new brunch menu features a Poached Egg with Spinachveloute & Mashed Potato as well as Schwein’s take on the classic Shakshuka. Other items include Fish & Chips, a Flammkuchen, as well as a French Toast, all with Schwein’s unique twist.
Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf– La mia Toscana is up for outright sale at about 100k. The restaurant covers about 200 sqm and has a crafted wooden ceiling. Located between S-Bahn Heidelberger Platz and U-Bahn Blisserstraße.
Reinickendorf – German restaurant Kleen’s close to Tegel Airport is up for grabs at about 1.5k a month with key money standing at 55k. Two terraces and indoor area cover about 85 sqm, the kitchen is fully furnished and can be taken as it is. Long-running business with regular customers.
Wedding- The Visit Coffee’s Wedding location is up for grabs as part of the franchise. Recently the Mitte location was up for grabs as well. The high end coffee joint comes complete with the inventory at 7k a month and about 200sqm. Unclear what the Franchise cost is, but it looks like they don’t intend to let location go to another entity.
Alt Treptow- Goldelsen Kaffeebar is up for grabs over in Alt Treptow. Looks like the cafe shut down last month and the joint is available for 7k a month for about 60sqm. 20k key money and available to start working now.