Previously on The Blog About Nothing... in London!

  • mustafas Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap
    Long queues and a complete tourist trap
  • beerberlin Beer Garden Time in Berlin
    Eins Bier Bitte
  • grindcoffee Grind Coffee
    Coffee Time in Putney
  • kalamaras Kalamaras
    A Piece of Greece in London
  • coffeeberlin Berlin
    Coffee Time in Berlin
  • sambaswirl Samba Swirl
    Froyo Time in Chiswick
  • tarantella Tarantella
    Another Italian Place in Chiswick
  • wharf The Wharf
    A lovely Restaurant by the Thames in Teddington
  • fiveguys Five Guys
    American Invasion
  • phene The Phene
    Great local pub for a drink in Chelsea
  • mangotree Mango Tree
    Great but Expensive Dim Sum Place
  • makoto Makoto
    Sushi Time Chiswick
  • buenosaires Buenos Aires
    Argentine Steakhouse in Chiswick
  • lookingglass Tea Time
    Fashionista Afternoon Tea
  • jsheekey J Sheekey
    Oyster Bar in London
  • alboccondivino Al Boccon Di'Vino
    A Real Italian Feast
  • donostia Donostia
    Basque Cuisine in Marylebone

The Hidden Gem [On The Road: Berlin]

Danke schon, my little dumplings
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld episode “The Fire”)

We found a great Chinese place in Prenzlauer Berg after checking a couple local bloggers. The recommendation was simple, go to Wok Show and have the best dumplings (Jiaozi) in Berlin.

The place
We got the pork and spinach boiled and the lamb with zucchini fried. They were amazing, simple food but tasty, great flavours, no complications, I can not recommend this more highly. We wash everything down with a nice Bitburger bier.

Dumpling time
Great dumplings, big portion, service a bit slow, only cash, but still worthy

Wok Show
T: +49 30 43911857
Chinese Cuisine
Approx Damage: €10pp
Area: Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin



The Tourist Trap [On The Road: Berlin]

Hey, what is this? You're kissing in my line? Nobody kisses in my line!
Soup Nazi (Seinfeld episode “The Soup Nazi”)

I have to thank Lonely Planet to send me directly into this tourist trap. If you ask any Berliner as I did sadly after my trip, they will tell you that any kebab in Berlin is excellent. Let’s face it, there must be some hidden gems but kebab making should not be rocket science. So try to avoid Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebap queue as you will get same quality anywhere else.

Queue Time
Long queue for a good looking kebab
A massive queue, full of tourists and student crowds. Cult following status only comparable to the days of Meatwagon in South London. The donner kebab, was good, nice flavours, a special spicy sauce, really nice, but not worthy the hassle and 1hr queue to get your food.

Time to eat
Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap
Street Food
Approx Damage: €5pp
Area: Kreuzberg
Berlin


Where is the Next Beer Garden? [On The Road: Berlin]

I've been known to drink a beer or two. But then again, I've been known to do a lot of things
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld episode “The Sniffing Accountant”)

As beer aficionado Berlin is like a paradise, with microbreweries, exceptional German brews, and lovely beer gardens. I couldn’t miss to visit a couple new beer gardens as my previous visit I only had the chance to visit one.


Biergarten Time
The one under the rail tracks

Brauhaus Lemke is a beer garden hiding on the arches of the train tracks in Hackescher Markt. We got a nice Lemke Pils and a krakauer wurst. Lovely beer, light, some bitter notes and touch of spices.

Lemke Time
Brauhaus Lemke
T: +49 30 247 287 27
Approx Damage: €10pp
Area: Mitte

The other one in Hackescher Markt

Weihenstephaner is another beer garden in Hackescher Markt in neue promenade. The garden was closed but you can get a table overlooking the market. Got a Mass (litre) of their original beer a bright lager with hoppy notes, nice and good. The bar is in the oldest building of Mitte district dating from 1749, with a renovated but still historic vaulted cellar that you can enjoy. Also, apparently one of the few places where you can get the Weihestephaner beer outside Bavaria.

Mass Time
Weihenstephaner
T: +49 30 847 107 60
Approx Damge: €10pp
Area: Mitte

The one in the park

Cafe am Neuen See is an amazing beer garden besides the neuer see in tiergarten, beer garden, café, and restaurant, all with a lovely view. You can buy your beer and sit to relax by the lake. It couldn't be better, a pretzel and a Lowenbrau Helles to chill out after a long day walking. A must not to be missed.

This pretzel is making me thirsty!
Beer by the lake
Café am Neuen See
T: +49 30 254 49 30
Approx Damage: €10pp
Area: Tiergarten

The one visit before

Prater is the oldest beergarden in Berlin. Located in Prenzlauer Berg since 1837. A massive garden with plenty places to sit and also enough beer for an army of thirsty punters. You can read about my visit in a previous post, but I can give you some spoilers now, nice Pils and lovely schnitzel.

Oldie from Prater
Prater
T: +49 30 448 56 88
Approx Damage: €10pp
Area: Prenzlauer

Berlin



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