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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Exotic and interesting restaurants to try out in Berlin - Asia (Indian, Japanese, Israeli, Korean, Vietnamese food... and more)

Sushi is the new black.
It is enough to think about any dating scene from movies where the soon-to-become-couple or never-to-become-couple is enjoying some quality time together at a very trendy and if possible exclusive Japanese restaurant and you get the picture.

Funny enough, according to new stats published in the US, eating sushi on a first date can actually boost the chance of going on a second date with someone.

[Sushi is the new black... 
and it is also the new unicorn thing:

And yet, even if sushi is so popular these days, there is so much more to discover about Asian food than just that and in a big city like Berlin it is very easy to try out new recipes, so here you can find a list of interesting restaurant to check out and to try out during a date, it doesn't matter if it is the first or the tenth one with someone you really like.

It's a uniquely American thing to look at food through this lens of health and science and that every time you eat, you're either ruining your health or saving your soul.
You go around the world, and you realize people eat for other reasons, including pleasure and community—what happens at the table when people get together—and identity. 
These are all wonderful ways to think about food, but we've limited ourselves, I think, to scientific eating, and that's a mistake.
Michael Pollan

Arabian cuisine 
Alarabi - Update: closed!
Krossener Str. 19, 10245 Berlin
Neue Roßstraße 11-12, 10179 Berlin

Chinese food
Cha for Tee
Friesenstraße 18, 10965 Berlin
Restaurant in Kreuzberg that offers Chinese dumplings with various fillings and vegan or vegan-friendly dishes. No official website, by now.
Goebenstraße 23, 10783 Berlin
The restaurant is specialized in Northern Chinese food.
Lao Xiang NEW
Wichertstraße 43, 10439 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Traditional and authentic Chinese cuisine, with big portions and exactly the kind of décor you would expect from this kind or restaurant. Vegetarian-friendly, but not exactly vegan-friendly, and yet well-known and very appreciated by Chinese people in Berlin.
Tak Kee
Wilmersdorfer Str. 79, 10629 Berlin
Restaurant in Charlottenburg that offers Chinese recipes in Hong Kong style.
The Tree
Brunnenstraße 167, 10119 Berlin
The restaurant is specialized in Sichuan-style noodle soups.

Filipino food
Danckelmannstraße 49, 14059 Berlin

Indian food
Kastanienallee 50, 10119 Berlin
Maybachufer 23, 12047 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Two restaurants located in Mitte and Kreuzberg, with good service and veg-friendly options.
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 1, 10553 Berlin
Prenzlauer Allee 145, 10409 Berlin
Ebertstraße 14, 10117 Berlin
Oranienburger Str. 45, 10117 Berlin
Oranienstraße 202 - 203, 10999 Berlin
Winterfeldtstraße 40, 10781 Berlin
Sredzkistraße 43, 10435 Berlin
* Personally tried out. The restaurant is located in Prenzlauer Berg and offers South-Indian street food and cuisine, with lots of vegan-friendly options.

Indonesian food
Turmstraße 18, 10559 Berlin

Israeli food
Hummus & Friends NEW
Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Vegetarian-friendly Israeli restaurant with a great selection of hummus recipes and lots of gluten-free and vegan options. Top-notch service and an elegant, shabby chic atmosphere make this place a great choice for a pleasant night out with good friends or a first date.
Kanaan Express - Prenzlauer Berg
Kopenhagener Str. 16, 10437 Berlin
Vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg where it is possible to try out Israeli and Palestinian food.
Gormannstraße 17B,10119 Berlin
The restaurant offers Israeli and Middle-Eastern food.
Husemannstraße 10, 10435 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Very tasty hummus, friendly service, and yummy gluten-free recipes. It is possible to try out Near-Eastern food and hummus.

[A funny idea for food-porn lovers:
Purple sushi shaped like Hello Kitty
I double dare you to find something more kawaii than this...]

Japanese food
Kastanienallee 18, 10435 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Varied menu, tasty meals and an elegant atmosphere in Mitte.
OiShii Hot Dog NEW
Schönhauser Allee 65, 10437 Berlin
First Japanese hot dogs place in Berlin, located in Prenzlauer Berg since 2015. Vegetarian and vegan options are possible and the staff is very friendly and welcoming.
Anklamer Str. 8, 10115 Berlin
Elegant Japanese restaurant with both fusion cuisine options and traditional recipes.

Korean food
Kollwitzstraße 84, 10435 Berlin
The restaurant is specialized in Asian burgers and snacks.
Chilees Korean Burgers
Choriner Str. 35, 10435 Berlin
The restaurant offers Korean burgers. No official website, but available via Foodora and Deliveroo.
Hagenauer Str. 9, 10435 Berlin
The restaurant offers Korean food and table-grill options.
Nollendorfstraße 31, 10777 Berlin
The restaurant offers Korean food and barbecue.
New Arirang NEW
Warschauer Str. 22, 10243 Berlin
The restaurant is located in Friedrichshain and offers traditional Korean food and barbecue.
Schmiljanstraße 25, 12161 Berlin
The restaurant is specialized in traditional Korean food.
Tegeler Straße 27, 3353 Berlin
The restaurant offers traditional Korean food.
Kottbusser Damm 96, 10967 Berlin
The restaurant offers Korean barbecue.

Pan-Asian cuisine
Wörtherstraße 25, D-10405 Berlin
Restaurant that offers modern Asian fusion food.
Chum & Friends
Niederbarnimstraße 17, 10247 Berlin

Persian recipes
Kurfürstenstraße 127, 10785 Berlin
Goltzstraße 23, 10781 Berlin

Russian food
Café-Bar Datscha
Gabriel-Max-Straße 1, 10245 Berlin
Café-bar with a very characteristic atmosphere.
Café-Bar Gorki Park
Weinbergsweg 25, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out as a tea house. Interesting décor, good music, and very unique atmosphere.
Oranienburger Str. 27, 10117 Berlin
* Personally tried out as a tea house. Wonderful selection of tea and delicious appetizers.

Tamil food
Tegeler Str. 22, 13353 Berlin
Yorckstr. 89, 10965 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Cozy, authentic small restaurant in Wedding with absolutely delicious recipes, welcoming service and yummy gluten-free and vegan options. 
They also host a vegan brunch every week, if you don't want to commit to a dinner before checking out in a more casual way.
They have a second one in Kreuzberg. NEW

Taiwanese food
Cozymazu NEW
Sprengelstraße 39, 13353 Berlin
Cozy and very well rated small Taiwanese restaurant in Wedding that offers a good selection of tea and traditional recipes.

Thai food
Bangkok City
Mehringdamm 33, 10961 Berlin
Chan Thai Market Food
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42, 10999 Berlin
Kantstraße 133, 10625 Berlin
The restaurant offers not only delicious Thai cuisine but also hosts a Thai cooking school.
The Ponch - Update: closed!
Ackerstraße 155, 10115 Berlin
Friesenstraße 22, 10965 Berlin
Cozy restaurant in Kreuzberg.
Brandenburgische Str., 10707 Berlin

Tibetan food
Rykestraße 40, 10405 Berlin
The restaurant is located in Prenzlauer Berg and offers Tibetan and Indian food.

Turkish food
Adalbertstraße 12, 10999 Berlin

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly Vietnamese restaurants to try out in Berlin, a good option for eating out even while suffering from celiac disease.

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