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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
Cana
Neue Roßstraße 11-12, 10179 Berlin
This restaurant, located in Mitte near Märkisches Museum, offers a wide range of recipes from the Palestinian and the Arabic cuisine, with many vegetarian options and a weekly brunch that has a very good reputation.

Cambodian food
Angkor Wat NEW
Paulstraße 22, 10557 Berlin
Restaurant in Moabit that presents an interesting menu with many dishes from the Khmer tradition and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, aromatized with ginger, coriander, galangal, tamarind, and lemongrass.

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, typical of the Dongbei region (once known as Manchuria) that includes the three provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang.
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.
Lecker Song NEW
Schliemannstraße 19, 10437 Berlin
Located in Prenzlauer Berg, the restaurant got a very good reputation thanks to an impressive variety of Dim Sum, Chinese dumplings with many different fillings, some of them vegetarian and/or vegan-friendly, and on top of it offers plenty of recipes from Beijing.
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
Pinoy
Danckelmannstraße 49, 14059 Berlin

Indian food
Aapka
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.
Agni
Kaiserin-Augusta-Allee 1, 10553 Berlin
Prenzlauer Allee 145, 10409 Berlin
Amrit
Ebertstraße 14, 10117 Berlin
Oranienburger Str. 45, 10117 Berlin
Oranienstraße 202 - 203, 10999 Berlin
Winterfeldtstraße 40, 10781 Berlin
Chutnify
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
Indonesian restaurant in Moabit, with a good selection of vegetarian recipes.

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.
YAFO
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
Daitokai Berlin NEW
Tauentzienstraße 9-12, 10789 Berlin
Japanese Restaurant inside of Berlin's Europa-Center specialized in sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki, with a traditional and truly spectacular interior design.
Ha-an Sushi
Kastanienallee 18, 10435 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Varied menu, tasty meals and an elegant atmosphere in Mitte.
Harapeco - Okonomiyaki and Sake Bar NEW
Neue Bahnhofstraße 3, 10245 Berlin

This Japanese restaurant is located in Friedrichshain and serves Okonomiyaki, a Japanese dish prepared with cabbage, pancakes, fried noodles, and... pizza (!), topped with either cheese, a fried egg or Kimchi. Sake and lovely Bento lunchboxes are also available.
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.
Ula NEW
Anklamer Str. 8, 10115 Berlin
Elegant Japanese restaurant with both fusion cuisine options and traditional recipes.

Korean food
The next big thing in town: year after year, Korean restaurants are becoming a huge food trend in Berlin, and they usually offer vegetarian and vegan options as well.
(Or they can prepare one for you if you ask nicely. And if they don't, run fast. But this is another story for another post)

Pan-Asian cuisine
A-Petit
Wörtherstraße 25, D-10405 Berlin
The restaurant offers modern Asian fusion food.
Chum & Friends
Niederbarnimstraße 17, 10247 Berlin

Persian recipes
Persepolis
Kurfürstenstraße 127, 10785 Berlin
Shayan
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
Naveenapath
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 café-small restaurant in Wedding that offers a good selection of tea and traditional recipes and a yummy brunch during the weekends.

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.
Thaipark
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
Hasir
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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