POST COVID-19 : Not-To-Be-Missed Restaurants

Confined at home, sick or panicked by the continuous flow of media information, we are all experiencing a moment that humanity is not likely to forget. If the COVID-19 crisis has led to the closure of all restaurants, cafés and bars in the city, it is also in this exceptional situation that invites each of us to rediscover ourselves every day and makes us aware of the essential value of life. These strict governmental decisions must not stop us from thinking about the “after COVID situation". They must not dive us into an obscure and absolute depression - instead It is important to think positively in this post-crisis period, e.i. what will be the next restaurants for your family dinners? Where are you going to celebrate your three years of love? Which café will you and your best friend go to to discuss the question of life that rule every destiny? Foodetective believes in it and has put together, just to put a smile back on your face, a guide to the places not to be missed once the lockdown is over!

Der blaue Fuchs

Georgian food is definitely an underdog in the gastronomic scene. But once you have tasted the fresh and tasty cuisine, you most likely will never forget it. Der Blaue Fuchs is a cosy restaurant in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg which caters to vegetarians as well as meat lovers. In summer, you can sit outside with a glass of Georgian wine. In fact, Georgia has an ancient wine heritage and Georgians are very proud of it. My favorite things to eat there are Georgian salad with walnut coriander dressing, fried khinkali (Georgian dumpling), badrijani (eggplant stuffed with spiced walnut and garlic paste) and Adjaran khatchapuri, a boat-shaped flatbread with cheese, a raw egg and butter. The bread is dipped into the mix of egg and butter and best eaten hot. Finish your meal off with Chacha, a high proof grape brandy.
Der blaue Fuchs
Knaackstraße 43, 10435 Berlin 43, Berlin

KOKIO Berlin

Korean fried chicken is the reason I simply cannot turn vegetarian. How to say no to a chicken that’s fried to perfection, yet tender on the inside? You can choose between a variety of sauces (soy garlic, wasabi, chili) and there’s even a boneless option. Also, in case you were wondering what to drink: fried chicken and beer are a match made in heaven.
KOKIO Berlin
Hagenauer Str. 9, 10435 Berlin 9, Berlin

Wok Show

If you love dumplings as much as I do, this restaurant will send you straight to heaven. I like to come here with a big group of friends to share a variety of fried and steamed jiǎozi, my favorites being the fried veggie dumplings and the steamed ones filled with cabbage and pork. There’s also outside sitting in the summer.
Wok Show
Greifenhagener Str. 31, 10437 Berlin 31, Berlin

Anjoy Berlin

Being of Vietnamese origin, I am obviously critical with Vietnamese restaurants, but Anjoy is one restaurant that I love going to, especially because of their Bun Cha: grilled pork and rice vermicelli served with a lot of fresh herbs and a fish sauce vinaigrette. Summertime is especially nice at Anjoy as there is plenty of outside seating.
Anjoy Berlin
Rykestraße 11, 10405 Berlin 11, Berlin

The Klub Kitchen

If you’re looking for a clean, healthy place to eat, look no further. Every single dish at Klub Kitchen is cooked to perfection: the veggies are crisp and the dressings and sauces exceptional. My favourite dishes are the green bowl and the ginger soy salmon with edamame and avocado.
The Klub Kitchen
Almstadtstraße 9, 10119 Berlin 9, Berlin

YAFO Berlin

Yafo is a fun Israeli in Mitte which is great for having cocktails accompanied by fresh Israeli food. The atmosphere is fantastic and I always love seeing the friendly staff having fun at work and occasionally dancing to the music in the background.
YAFO Berlin
Gormannstraße 17B, 10119 Berlin 17B, Berlin

DUDU Berlin

DUDU’s sushi creations will make your mouth water. Enjoy your food in their little front yard and you will forget you’re actually sitting next to the busiest street in Mitte. Dinner here is also great, however, the lunch options, including a starter and a main, are a great value for the price.
DUDU Berlin
Torstraße 134, 10119 Berlin 134, Berlin

Cô Cô bánh mì deli

I’m very happy about the fact that Vietnamese baguettes are becoming a thing here in Germany. For the price of 5 Euros, the banh mi at Co Co are a steal. They are freshly made in front of you and you can enjoy them to go in nearby Weinbergspark when its sunny. Gluten-free and vegan options are available.
Cô Cô bánh mì deli
Rosenthaler Str. 2, 10119 Berlin 2, Berlin

Liu's Nudelhaus

Sichuan cuisine is rising in Berlin and this is one of their frontrunners. The panda themed restaurant serves the signature hot noodle soups with open-ended spice levels. The only downside are the limited opening hours, so better check before heading there.
Liu's Nudelhaus
Kronenstraße 72, 10117 Berlin 72, Berlin

Gözleme Berlin

One of the advantages of living in Berlin is having the privilege of being able to eat authentic Turkish food. I have never tasted gözleme anywhere this good. Here, they are freshly made and you can choose between lots of different fillings. Another Turkish favorite of mine are manti: dumplings served topped with yogurt, garlic and red pepper. Plenty of options for vegetarians available.
Gözleme Berlin
Karl-Marx-Straße 35, 12043 Berlin 35, Berlin

Paolo Pinkel

Paolo Pinkel is probably the hippest bar/restaurant in town right now with a very unique concept. Not only can you come with a huge group of people cause the place is humongous, but you also have the choice between getting Chinese, Cypriot and Peruvian food.
Paolo Pinkel
Karl-Marx-Straße 55, 12043 Berlin 55, Berlin

Arirang Restaurant

This inexpensive Korean restaurant is especially good for big (hungry) groups. I love to come here in the summer and get the pork belly and mixed pork and squid barbecue. Other notable dishes: kimchi pancake and ketchup chicken. Arirang has several branches around Berlin, the one on Uhlandstraße has a backyard which is perfect for barbecues.
Arirang Restaurant
Uhlandstraße 194, 10623 Berlin 194, Berlin

Annelies

Look up “perfect cafe in Berlin” in an imaginary encyclopedia and you would find a picture of annelies in it. This cute cafe in Kreuzberg serves great coffee and the fluffiest pancakes in Berlin.
Annelies
Görlitzer Str. 68, 10997 Berlin 68, Berlin

UMI Gendai No Kaishaku Restaurant

Umi is a quite recent addition to the gastronomic scene in Wedding. This trendy panasian restaurant is a perfect spot for a cosy dinner. Try their creative sushi, fried eggplant and chili wontons!
UMI Gendai No Kaishaku Restaurant
Müllerstraße 55a, 13349 Berlin 55a, Berlin

Vanille & Marille

When temperatures are rising, this is my place of choice for ice cream. Try their dark chocolate or mango, or actually, any of the delicious flavours! Luckily for everyone in Berlin, they opened several branches around the city.
Vanille & Marille
Hagelberger Str. 1, 10965 Berlin 1, Berlin