RESTAURANT // QUA PHE
One of my favorite places in Berlin. Qua Phe is not only is cozy and the food delicious, but I feel right away like I am on vacation. Qua Phe brings back my backpacking days with Pepa through Vietnam eating delicious food and meeting the super nice Vietnamese people.
This restaurant is in Mitte just 100 meters away from my hairdresser and all my favorite stores, SoI love stopping by for a cold Vietnamese coffee in summer and for getting away of the cold in winter while enjoying delish food! So this had to be in the Advents Calendar. And next door is Banh Mi: From the same owners but only serves Vietnamese Sandwiches... 2 kinds: Vegetarian and non vegetarian! BEST EVER!
Max-Beer-Straße 37, 10119 Berlin
Telephone: +49 3097005479
PRODUCT // TRY FOODS
FEED YOUR CURIOSITY. Aren't we all curious about different tastes? like how does this kind of salt taste? or would I like this vinegar? which is my favorite olive oil? Sadly, we cannot buy the whole delicatessen store. We could, but why do that?
To feed our curiosity, the TRY FOODS set combines a pleasurable tasting experience with an informative approach to the product. It introduces us to well hand-crafted foods so we get a taste of the world of quality products.
TRY FOODS want to encourage people to try out. Because they are convinced that our trained taste leads us to good, fair and sustainable food.
Pappelallee 7, 10437 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 43659349
RESTAURANT // CRACKERS
What happens when one of the most awesome clubs in Berlin closes? The location gets transformed and an amazing new bar restaurant is born: Crackers. From the same owner of Cookies Cream, Crackers is one of the many awesome creations of Heinz Gindullis. This place is just luscious! High high ceilings, modern furniture and dimmed lights. You feel like getting in a film set right away!
If you never went to Cookies Club, it might be tricky to find it. You have to walk through an alley and you feel like you are in the wrong place. Until you see the Chesterfield Sofa and the 2 doors: One to Cookies Cream and one to Crackers.
This is the grand Finale and last prize of the #TFEAdventskalender! You can participate in Instagram at @twofoodieseating and the winner will be drawn on December 31st. This prize can be redeemed from January 2nd.
Friedrichstraße 158, 10117 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 680730488
Open sesame! That is what the invitation to the Simsim opening party said, and it came in a cute small envelope filled with sesame seeds. Who doesn’t like a real printed invite and even better, one that is as cute as this?
The Levantine cuisine trend had come to wow us and to stay. Berlin is a melting pot of cultures and every time a new culture comes to stay, the Berlin cuisine transforms and gives place to the new influences.
Since a couple of years, Germany has been a refuge for people since the whole Syrian trouble got out of control, and this brought their culture and food and you can see some many new restaurants and places coming up like Simsim, Kreuzberger Himmel and Prism.
The Levantine kitchen is the traditional cuisine of the Levant, known in Arabic as the Bilad ash-Sham and Mashriq, which covers a large area of the Eastern Mediterranean.
We already knew many dishes like hummus and baba ganoush but some many delicious dishes like Muhamara Aleppo hasn’t been featured that much in gastronomical Berlin.
Simsim is a homey Levantine eatery serving authentic dishes, both traditional and modern, in a contemporary setting. Simsim draws inspiration from the regions rich and luscious cuisine along with its hospitable nature with dishes typifying the ancient Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese kitchens which date back multi-millennia. A key virtue of the Levant is its food and hospitality. At Simsim you can experience this culture the right way, through their food and ambiance. Simsim bridges the gap between authenticity and modernity; preserving ancient traditions while pursuing innovative techniques. Something you can see on their food and the beautifully designed space.
One of the most used sayings in the Levant says “the guest is always king“. What is not to love about that??
I arrived at Simsim 2 days prior their opening as I was already at their awesome opening a week before and I just wanted to share this with you guys (#notanAD) I met the owner Marwan that is part of a culinary family. His parents actually have a restaurant in Jordana where his brother works as well. So he isn’t a stranger on “the” restaurant life. Super babe Sophia was on her way to help me eating and enjoying this food.
We started our meal with a Turkish coffee first. It was a stronger version of a French press with a full aroma and taste of cardamon seeds.
Marwan told us their food is meant to be shared, hence their “tapas-like” menu, he said that with their food they aim to make patrons experience typical Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian traditions, by epitomizing the essence of the region which is embedded in sociability and culture. The cuisines history stretches back to the cradle of civilization; inspired by a lot of cultures from the Turks to Greeks and to some extent the European colonialists, the cuisine nevertheless knows no borders.
Their goal here in Prenzlauer Berg is to enrich the guests and unify their spirits with theirs. They strive to employ modern adaptations to traditional methods and continue to synergize their food with the people... a very important thing to do in this ever-changing culinary Berlin.
We order a bunch of things, as the restaurant wasn’t officially open, we just went for cold servings like Arnabeet Mekle a fried cauliflower with cumin lemon and garlic, The Raheb salad: grilled eggplant slices tomato Paprika and pomegranate molasses, Muhammara Aleppo a hat pepper, and walnut spread pomegranate molasses cumin served with ka’ak bread, Wara’enab vine leaves stuffed with rice parsley onion and olive oil... And last but not least, their mouth-watering hummus.
Have you ever tried Levantine cusine? I am so happy this restaurant opened on my hood! and cannot wait to come by and try the whole menu... including the chicken liver! And to remember Johnny Quest: Sim Sim Salabim!
I am Andrea, or as my friends call me, Jinx. I am a foodie living in Berlin, eating my way through life. Here are my recipes, cooking events, dining experiences and more...