At Merold, uncompromisingly seasonal and regional dishes are handcrafted with depth of flavour. Expect to dine on thoughtfully-made dishes like overnight-fermented tempeh served on nutty parsley root puree and carp boulette with lemon miso.
- Merold, Pannierstr. 24, Neukölln, details.
With a fully-vegan menu free from processed sugar and white flour, Oukan is all about simplicity. Diners can enjoy a selection of small plates prepared according to the balance of the five flavours, five colours and five preparation methods, in keeping with traditional Zen Buddhist kitchen teachings.
- Oukan, Ackerstr. 144, Mitte, details.
Ember Open Fire Cooking
After bouncing between a series of secret locations, Ember Open Fire Cooking has found its home in the historic Knorr-Bremse factory in Marzahn (at least until April 2023). The chefs at Ember OFC put as much thought into the type of firewood as their ingredient selection. We recommend their taco with grilled savoy cabbage and venison.
- Ember OFC, Georg-Knorr-Str. 4, Marzahn, details.
From the folks behind Schillerkiez’s much loved Club del Burro, comes Burro Unchained. This new spot elevates the classic taco into something a lot more experimental. Don’t expect authentic Mexican fare here. Instead, it’s best described as Neukölln-Mexican fusion – think Pastrami tostadas, roasted cauliflower with mole verde and more. The regularly changing dishes are experimental, mixing influences from European gastronomy with modern Mexican cuisine.
- Burro Unchained, Allerstr. 11, Neukölln, details.
Good Vybz is dishing up a whole variety of Jamaican cuisine, like oxtail stew, curry goat, ackee and stockfish. Try the jerk chicken plate, loaded with traditional spicy grilled chicken that’s fruity, spicy, hot and sweet – all at the same time. Mains are served with rice and peas cooked in coconut milk, plantains, deep-fried dough balls and salad. Wash it all down with a glass of sorrel (a rum-heavy Caribbean hibiscus drink).
- Good Vybz, Columbiadamm 111, Neukölln, details.
Enjoy some authentic Indian street food at this chíc new Wilmersdorf spot. Their grilled tikka straight from the tandoor oven is a clear star of the mains menu. But be sure to try a selection of small plates, like crispy fried chickpea and tamarind balls and chilli-marinated grilled chicken served with house-made chutney
- Gapshap, Güntzelstr. 19, Wilmersdorf, details.
Konträr has quickly become known for their international menu of hearty, aromatic cuisine, ranging from raw marinated octopus, to a perfectly grilled piece of beef to lightly charred broccoli. Dishes are accompanied by a selection of natural wines just as bold as the dishes themselves.
- Konträr, Winsstr. 53, Prenzlauerberg, details.
Berlin’s definitely not short of high-quality pizza, but it’s still one cuisine we can’t get enough of. While the pizza selection at Da Zero isn’t reinventing the wheel, they’re all about nailing the classics and getting the fundamentals right. So expect classic flavours, a rich tomato base, ooey-gooey buffalo mozzarella and a delectably chewy crust.
- Da Zero, Guineastr. 7, Wedding, details.