Taro Fujita wants to put a new spin on Japanese cuisine in Berlin. The club and restaurant owner, who has hot spots in Tokyo and Ibiza, was drawn to Berlin for its music. He kept importing DJs from the German capital to play in his clubs, and they kept asking him why he didn’t open a restaurant in Berlin. Ula Berlin was the result — a lounge-y spot on a quiet neighborhood corner in Mitte that blends tastes of Japan and Europe.
Ula, which means “back” or “behind” in Japanese, is a bit off the beaten path, but on any given night, some of Berlin’s top turntable talents might be dining there. Photographs of Japanese tattoo art is on display in a downstairs gallery.
Menu remixes include Wagyu beef and foie gras nigiri (18 euros, or $22), sesame-roasted tuna with wasabi mashed potatoes and miso-balsamic sauce (21 euros, or $26), and a lighter-than-air green tea cheesecake (8 euros, or $10). Special dishes take advantage of seasonal regional specialties, such as spring’s white asparagus. Ula also features Aburi-sushi, a lesser-known preparation that involves lightly broiling the fish to give it a hybrid raw-cooked texture.
Pair them with a wasabi Bloody Mary (10.50 euros, or $13) or the sake-based Ula cocktail (11 euros, or $14) or a stiff Japanese Whiskey — Suntory Yamazaki 12Y and Nikka Yoichi 10Y are available (15.50 and 16 euros, respectively, or about $19 and $20). Several premium sakes are also on offer to match any mood or food.
— Susan Stone
8 Anklamer Strasse, 10115 (Mitte)
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