The Daily Dish is in and it goes to 893 Ryotei, and its coming from none other than DOC NGO!! You read that right! Thats Doc Ngo, not Duc, because the way he cuts that meat makes him the Da’ Fuckin’ Doctor Of Kantstrasse! Look at that knife work go on that entrecote! Go Eat That Now!!!
Mitte- Nobelhart & Schmutzig’s Billy Wagner, head honcho of the Brutally Local eatery of repute put out a letter on his social media. It describes the reasons why things are going to be changing over at Nobelhart. The letter begins under the heading: We are going to raise prises. The natural progression of the letter consists of a long explanation about operating costs, reinvesting in the restaurant and about not operating on days on certain days when the place isn’t properly booked. There was even a biblical analogy thrown in for good measure. Well ain’t that some shit? One wonders what exactly this notice is supposed to inspire in the loyal following of the joint. Are other local leaning restos feeling the tightening belt or has is the Nobel Local luster lost some of its sheen? Here is the letter in full, see if you can peek at all between the lines.
Kreuzberg- Biererei Bar, the new beer centric joint over on the Oranienstr. strip opened up early this week with an official party. The joint itself features a vintage beer cellar that gives the impression of being directly out of a bond film. If Fort Knox brewed beer, it might look something like this. Indeed this is a beer-nerd haven if Mr. Eatler has ever seen one and why not. They aren’t wasting any time with the joint and are already lined up for a tap takeover early next month when they will be inviting a Northumberlandian brewer to run the spout for a bit. None of this ‘get the machine in a groove’ for Beiererei, they are full steam ahead.
Kreuzberg- Big Sur, the relatively fresh Burger joint that is now in its second year of operationand Spice Spice Baby, Berlin champs of Caribbean Jerk love,are linking up. Normally this would fall under the category of events but as this particular constellation is set up, it will be a regular twice a month thing. Spice Spice Baby have been getting more and more heat over the last year and are growing as the leading providers of Jerk BBQ in town. This as Big Sur has been relatively quiet over the last six months after a big splash in the pan. Apparently the story was that there were some partner issues over there and since then things have been quite mum from the burger joint. Could SSB and Big Sur be testing the waters for something more concrete? Mr. Eatler will keep you abreast.
Mitte- Le Salon Prive, a project harkening back the olden days of the pre-social-media, Parisian Salon is mounting its first endeavour on this very night. “A place for exchanges and encounters that considers itself the successor to salons, a private members club dedicated to creative communities. No Ticket, No Party” reads the descriptor. Well, as long as it considers itself “the successor” then its probably all good.
This salon is only for those special members tall enough to go on this particular ride. Its debutante event will be held above a certain restaurant near Gendarmenmarkt where lots of celebs reportedly go. As many so called “salons” endeavour, perhaps this will be your opportunity to get together with the next Picasso, or trade barbs with a Hemingway-esque author, or even be cajoled by the likes of a young Schubert. Given our “influencer” culture, its doubtful, but you never know. Tickets only, because thats probably how Gertrude Stein did it. You can check it out here: Französischestr.
Duc Ngo, serial restaurateur behind Ryotei 893, Funky Fisch and recently of TOKI The White Rabbit among others just got back from a quick one week jaunt out to Tel Aviv. The rumor goes that the prolific chef is thinking of expanding his Kantstr. empire by setting his target on an Israeli concept. Still unverified, but you know how rumors go. Mr. Eatler will keep you abreast should these intriguing rumors develop.
Mitte- Hermann’s, the one year old cafe/resto just hired one of the former Dottir crew members as the head chef. Iannicella, who has done a few successful pop ups since Dottir shut its doors has taken the mantle. The cafe, self describes as an “all day restaurant, a place for exploration to discuss the future of food. A space to hold co-creation events, tastings, to meet, mingle, learn and work” has been winning local fans since its beginnings but have never been particularly identified with fine art gastronomy per say. Does this mean they will move towards a more gastropub or even fine dining approach? Remains to be seen.
Mitte- MarcAnns, the French sammy shop on the busy corner next to Naturkunde Museum is in the fight. The word is that the joint is trying to hold on to the place in the face of adversity and contract negos. MarcAnns has been in the contested location for quite a while and as Chaussee/Invalidenstr. starts to develop into a gastro strip, the corner spot is surely a hot commodity. Meanwhile they are still situated firmly in their second location over on Reinhardtstr. There is supposedly an upcoming legal bout to determine the future of the joint. Eatler reached out for a comment from MarcAnns and as the news roles in, Mr. Eatler will keep you apprised.
Kreuzberg- Bar Wagemut, new joint inching its way closer and closer to the opening line, is moving forward the finishing touches. The bar is aiming for an early April opening and as evidenced by a recnetly floated picture they are clearly serious about the booze display.. To quote the owner and liqour specialist: “I will present and provide my personal spirit selection to the public. Like that we will have one of the best spirit selection in the world as a bar. Specialist in Rum & German Fruit Brandy…” Unclear yet whether they will have any kitchen in the joint, but the booze looks promising.
Mitte- Mister Susan, the popular kimchi slinger, veteran of many Berlin markts and food stands, is settling into its new digs as they reconstruct the joint from bottom to top. They are setting up shop on what used to be the stomping grounds of many Gambrinus patrons. Word on the street is that they dove deep into the reno. hole and are slowly tiling their way out. A pic surfaced on social media recently displaying the newly tiled future kitchen. Anticipation builds as the new restaurant on Oranienburgerstr. is taking shape. Unclear on the exact dates of the opener, but Mr. Eatler will keep you abreast!
Prenzlauer Berg- Entrempo Kitchen Gallery an interdisciplinary art space aiming to research and explore food in a cultural and social contextis linking up with Mr. Chan’s Hakka Style lunch later this week. The deal is that Mr. Chan will do a takeover featuring Hakka style food, which is known to many as Chinese Soul Food. Originally this was comfort food for Hakka Nomads whilst far away from home. On the menu are Vegetarian/Vegan options like, Wu Tiuh Sun Pan Jue, a Taro Abacus Bead, and Meat options like Honey Glazed Pork Ribs, and Braised Pork Belly and Black Fungus. Black fungus… Well Mr. Eatler is already a fun guy, but some more shrooms can’t hurt.