[ad, with our personal opinions] Thank you Saal Digital for giving us the opportunity to create this beautiful wall decor! This is now hanging above our bed to remind us of stunning sunsets, the wild ocean and new beginnings. If you feel inspired to do something similar, visit their website here: https://www.saal-digital.de/
The picture was made autumn 2017 in Palma, Mallorca, by ourselves.
We love to show our #bestnine for 2018! A year filled with nice restaurants, cosy cafés and so many great vegan food experiences. Thank you very much for your support – we clearly see that you, just as us, like many varied dishes, from pizza and burgers to Asian cuisine and everything in between. Now we are looking forward to 2019 – let’s make that even better!
The pictures are the nine most liked photos on our Instagram page. Click here if you not already are following us! ⠀ The restaurants on the photo, counting from the left to right, are the following:
One of the restaurant owners told us that already when their new Italian, vegetarian restaurant named Restaurant Sotto opened a few months ago, it was a huge success – people were standing queuing outside. We found the place by a recommendation on Facebook, and when we read about it, we knew we had to try. We even dared to bring my meat-eating family.⠀ ⠀ They have both vegan and vegetarian dishes, of which many can be veganized. We ordered bruschetta with pumpkin cream and tempeh for starter and got amazed with the first bite. Pumpkin with tahini and taste of orange – just the mention of it must make you drool. As the main dish, we chose homemade pizza “Zucca Vegane” with pumpkin cream, almond cream cheese, fresh herb pesto, red onions and rosemary and a pumpkin risotto with rosemary, stirred with almond cream and nutritional yeast (have we mentioned that we like pumpkin?). Both were so creamy with a great combination of tastes! We were also impressed by their creativity – what about a homemade bowl of coffee sciatelli (pasta) with Jerusalem artichoke and roasted hazelnuts? The (very friendly!) staff told us that they wanted that everybody would like their food, not only vegans. And I know you are super curious … Yes, my meat-eating family loved it. Success!⠀
Restaurant Sotto, Neue Hochstraße 25, 13347 Berlin – Wedding
This was the first time we went to the South-Indian restaurant @gourapakora, who reopened a few months ago. Before that, it had been closed for about two years. When we looked at the menu, we saw so much tempting food, so we decided to go for the shared dish with mixed items. Thinking of the massive plate they brought in to us, overfilled with delicious vegan food such as Indian falafels, mixed fried vegetables and potato curry, it is hard to understand why they would close. We got an amazing lentil soup as an appetizer and sweet nut crisp with apple puree as dessert (although the old saying “there’s always room for a dessert”, we could barely eat it because we were so full from the rest). Glancing on the appetizing plates of other guests, we could easily have shared a one-manned dish – they were huge. You’ll find them for affordable prices in Friedrichshain near Boxhagener Platz.
Rumours travel fast – after we heard about the vegan fried egg at the new vegan Thai restaurant li.ke Thai Vegan (pronounced lii-gay) near Boxhagener Platz, it didn’t take a long time until we let our feet take us there. The most likely first all-vegan Thai in Berlin opened just a few weeks ago and met us with friendly service and a very vibrant interior full of writings on the walls in their local language. You immediately got the feeling that you just as well could have been at any restaurant in Bangkok. When our eyes glanced at the menu, we decided to take five small bowls of different dishes with the vegan fried egg as an extra option. Wow, li.ke really know their way how to handle tofu – crispy fried on the outside, soft on the inside. Though a small warning is needed for the more sensitive people – it was spicy! And Warning no. 2: the food was so good, the spices really married each other (especially the curries), so you will want to come back several times to try everything, and then have it again, and again …
Are you ready for cosy candle lights, hot tea and sweet cakes? To be honest – we are not, but a doughnut from Brammibals Donuts can cheer anyone up. Fluffy on the inside, sticky on the outside, crusty on the top – just like a really good doughnut should be. Chocolate peanut fudge, fruity blueberry swirl or something more exotic like a banana cherry; You can choose anything you want, and we’ll promise that you won’t get disappointed. These are the kind of sweet desserts that can make anyone gasp, asking out load: “Is this really vegan?”. Yes, it is! As the finishing touch, they serve coffee with oat drink from legendary Oatly, which is the best coffee “milk” you could ever dream of. Or do like us – have an ice cold Oatly Matcha Latte and bring your vegan doughnuts home to your warm couch. It’s the perfect company to hide with under your quilt.
Well, now we know where you are heading today. They have three different locations around Berlin, sometimes accompanied by a food truck at some market in town. You can drool even more on their webpage: https://goo.gl/qdw7hP
Just two streets away from our apartment, there was a blocked way, which we could never pass – until now. And guess what was hidden behind? Burger Wehr, with several vegan burgers based on seitan. We tried the Mediterranean with pesto and one called Samba, extra spicy and with really delicious guacamole and loads of garlic – the latter you won’t get vegan everywhere, and we appreciate something different than the usual cheeseburger. Fluffy, homemade burger buns and loads of sauce seem to be their standard, which we approve – after all, isn’t it that, that makes a burger step from just “good” to “super tasty”? Plus for that, the service was really friendly!
We got our orders really fast, but still, you could sense that they put an effort into what they did. As we live so close, there is definitely a chance (/risk?) that we will come here quite often…
For more information such as their opening hours, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BurgerwehrFhain/
We learned about Kernvoll when we opened Happy Cow’s website and noticed that there was a new place in the “near me” section – just a few streets away from our home. After having a look at their website, it turned out that this was not only an ordinary vegan restaurant, it seemed to be a whole concept. They offer catering, brunch and even a vegan clothing brand named Organic Tailoring. As you already might have suspected, everything from Kernvoll is organic – including the food.
We also saw that one couldn’t just spontaneously go there whenever you want to – they only have open two or three times a week, of which one of the days you will have to order in advance. Therefore, it took a while unti we finally managed to come to their weekly Pizza Friday (or #pizzafreitagas Kernvoll itself calls it). Let’s put it like this: it was worth waiting for.
Everything is homemade. The fresh pizza bread made of spelt, the creamy vegan cheese and they even had lemonade made of home-cooked syrup. The very friendly service told us all about their menu and made suggestions of what to choose. You really got the feeling of being taken care of as a guest – we even got some fresh, homemade pizza buns as a starter. We ordered a shared plate with slices of all the three pizzas they currently had on their menu. The mushroom & caramelized onion was sweet, yet savoury, the olive & fresh tomato had such a wonderful basil pesto, while the slices with arugula, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate & cashew parmesan were genius, with a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
So, what are your plans for next Friday? If you are already booked, you should at least go there the Sunday after – then they have brunch and vegan cakes. I already know that we will have a sweet tooth by then…
If you want to see their schedule, please visit their website: https://www.kernvoll.de/
Kernvoll, Samariterstraße 34, 10247 Berlin – Friedrichshain
Nord Coast Coffee Roastery you visit for the coffee – carefully prepared with high-quality beans and served black or with Oatly barista oat milk (the best coffee milk that exists). This cappuccino tasted amazing! If you also want to enjoy a good breakfast, they have three options that can be prepared vegan: a pitaya bowl (which also is gluten free), a quinoa salad and, which I chose, an acai bowl. We always have the problem that the smoothie bowls you order have too little topping and granola, which was the case at this café as well. But the acai bowl itself was good, although a bit too sweet. But it was very beautiful prepared, and you really felt taken care of from the staff, even though it was full, which otherwise can make anyone stressed. So, if you just want to enjoy a nice time with a good cup of coffee, this is the place to be!
Nord Coast Coffee Roastery, Deichstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg
Ever struggling around hungry in a train station without finding anything proper to eat? Yeah, we too. Only that this time, at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (the central station), we found something that even tasted very good! At Le Crobag they had two baguettes with delicious basil tofu with fresh tomatoes, (unfortunately no picture, we were too hungry) and even vegan, creamy chocolate muffins to indulge as a Sunday dessert. If it is nice weather outside, we’d suggest you find a bench in the city and enjoy it there. Or if you are traveling somewhere, simply make your train breakfast a bit more exciting by bringing these.
Another star we found in Hamburg is Happen Pappen! It is a small, all vegan place with an often-changing menu. We chose a lasagne with different veggies and a thyme-béchamel sauce with loads of salad, which was super good! As you can see, we were too hungry to remember to picture it first, but as the portions were quite generous, we could leave with full stomachs. Behind the lasagne, you can see a bit of an Indian curry with zucchini, eggplant, chickpeas and kidney beans, which tasted better than any other curry we’ve tried in Berlin (as we are big fans of Asian cuisine, this should say a lot). Now, as we also have a sweet tooth, we had to try one of their cakes. The choice fell on the gluten-free carrot cake. It tasted good, but the consistency was not the best, it was not that fluffy or creamy as it should be. Most likely because it lacked gluten, which makes it harder to create a nice consistency. Altogether, as we were so impressed by the main courses, the service was great, location small and cosy, we would for sure revisit it – and you should too!
Late night, lost at Reeperbahn and nowhere to eat? Only, there is somewhere
you can fill your cravings for vegan fast food. The name is Kiez Curry and you
can find it just a block away from the main street.
For you that aren’t familiar of the German kitchen, Currywurst is almost considered a national dish of the similar rank as kebab and schnitzel. It’s simply a sausage with curry ketchup, preferably enjoyed with pommes or a white bread bun. At Kiez Curry you can find it vegan, and what makes it so good is their hot self-made curry sauce, and real St. Pauli feeling for sure ads up to it. Devour the dish with a beer and have a chat with the friendly owner before you head back to the dancefloor. Got hungry again? No worries, on weekends it’s open until five in the morning.
One of the best surprises in Hamburg was Pizza Bande, a pizzeria near Reeperbahn, where you have a free choice of toppings that you want to put on your pizza. However, we chose from their weekly changing “special” pizzas – and these where no classic vegan Calzones or boring Vegetarianas. It was a vegan tuna pizza with seaweed and coconut milk, and a Mexican pizza with all the traditional toppings such as minced “meat”, kidney beans, corn and pineapple (to all the pineapple-on-pizza-haters out there: YES, you can have everything on pizza, fruit as well!). Both did, of course, include vegan “cheese”. The tuna pizza was outrageous, we’d even go so far to call genius! Combine the fishy taste of seaweed and “tuna” with sweet coconut milk? Brilliant! This was for sure one of the best pizzas we ever had. The Mexican pizza was also super tasty, just what you expect from a Mexican pizza – but that is quite hard to find without meat. We assure you, these pizzas were something we really enjoyed. A long time later, they keep popping up in our daily food dreams. Perhaps we should book another trip to Hamburg soon?