Berlin Preview: The Scene

Keeping busy in the off-hours around Berlin.

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WWD Berlin Preview issue 06/24/2014

BACK TO BASICS: While the rain of Michelin stars on Berlin this year illustrates how far the local high-end gastronomy scene has come, there’s also an alternative culinary development in the city to be noted. Casual eateries are clearly on the rise. Charting the change: Mitte’s more sophisticated Vietnamese restaurant Chi Sing switched gears to turn into the street food District Mot featuring easy market stall decor and plastic furniture, and Michelin-chef Tim Raue opened the communal kitchen-inspired Soupe Populaire with his takes on down-home Berlin specialties.

More rustic food market concepts and stalls at Maybachufer and Prinzessinnengärten have become increasingly popular among the city’s growing legion of younger gourmands.

Here are three eateries to check out.

Quynh Tran

Ban Ban Kitchen: It’s nothing more than an improvised container off the main road in the very south of Neukölln. But the food stands out. The Korean-Vietnamese team of Ban Ban Kitchen fuses distant fast foods: Turkish, Korean and American. There are just three flavors (Ninja Chicken, Soy Superstar and Bulgogi Beef) with a vegan alternative for each. Dishes like Bulgogi Beef Burgers, Kimchi Fries and Nori Tacos promise unusual senses of taste — which is quite a challenge in multicultural Berlin these days.

Ban Ban Kitchen
205 Herrmannstrasse, 12049 (Neukölln)
Hours: Thursday to Tuesday, 5 to 11 p.m.

Tin Tan: Other than Tex-Mex, authentic Mexican food is hard to find in Berlin. Barbara Craffonara and Mauricio Acosta have set out to change that with Papalótl, a popular restaurant among Mexican expatriates. Her newest love child is Tin Tan, a rustic tin-box-style self-service Mexican street food restaurant. Not the tacky-taco kind, but fresh, soft ones that come with traditional Campestre chicken and milk-boiled Suadero beef in metal pans, served with coriander and lime just like in Mexico. In the summer, the backyard terrace offers a break from bustling Mitte.

Tin Tan
124 Chausseestrasse, 10115 (Mitte)
Tel.: +49-30-28-096-223
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Van Anh: Inspired by her grandmother’s kitchen from the Hanoi of the Sixties, Van Anh opened a cozy space with classic Vietnamese comfort kitchen fare like Bun Cha, grilled pork and vermicelli, and Dau Chuoi, tofu and plantains in curcuma sauce, served in heavy pottery. A special is the drinks menu with fresh Mang Cau shake and traditional Hanoian egg coffee, a Zabaglione-like egg cream with Vietnamese espresso.

Van Anh
7 Oderberger Strasse (corner of Kastanienallee), 10435 (Prenzlauer Berg)
Tel.: +49-30-41-717-294
Hours: Monday to Sunday, noon to midnight

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