Posts Tagged ‘berlin’

bar nou? no. no more….

September 18, 2012

bar nou, one of my favorite berlin cocktail bars, apparently just lost the majority of their staff due to reasons unknown to me…. which is why my man michael & his friendly colleagues are no longer working there.

guess we’ll hafta stick to stagger lee & reingold from now on. oh, well.

bunte tierwelt in mitte / ein hase saß im tiefen touri-tal…

September 9, 2012

… und fragte sich, ob es tatsächlich möglich ist, auf der oranienburger strasse gut zu essen – dort, wo der großteil des gastronomischen angebots in der ungünstigen kombination schlecht & teuer daherkommt, was bei touristen natürlich prima klappt, die kommen ja sowieso nie wieder.

wer in berlin wohnt, vermeidet die oranienburger normalerweise. nur in notfällen (z. b.  bei besuch) läuft man ingottesnamen von der friedrichstrasse zum hackeschen und wieder zurück und wundert sich, wie all diese völlig austauschbaren buden nur so brummen, während man sich im slalom die mirchi-amrit-kellner vom leibe hält…

an der ecke krausnickstrasse, ausgerechnet gegenüber dem indischen restaurant, das hauptsächlich mit billig-pizza (!) wirbt, verspricht eine große tafel auf dem bürgersteig deutsche tapas. 

am eingang des im souterrain gelegenen restaurants hängt die speisekarte: eine lose-blätter-sammlung mit allerlei verlockenden leckereien, die mich überzeugte, einige tage später wiederzukehren. ich habe dies nicht eine sekunde bereut.

es gibt hausgemachte limonaden (fichtennadel z. B.), tegernseer helles vom fass und eine kleine weinauswahl.

die karte ist übersichtlich, es gibt salat und suppe, einige beilagen und eben „tapas“. kleine, feine (aber dabei keineswegs mickrige) portionen, die alle unter 7 € liegen, sich gut teilen lassen & vor allem wirklich großartig schmecken. man möchte das klischee „mit liebe gemacht“ bemühen – nicht zuletzt auch wegen des sehr engagierten und freundlichen services.

der backfisch vom steinbeißer auf rahmgurken und kürbiskernen ist perfekt: außen knusprig, innen saftig – die rahmgurken mit einem hauch kürbiskernöl verfeinert.

bandnudeln mit geräuchertem pilzrahm hatten tatsächlich eine rauchnote im sößchen,

die rehkeule mit balsamico-kirschen und pfifferlingen war zart & medium-rare,

das blutwursttörtchen mit sauerkraut ist zum hineinsetzen gut, insbesondere kombiniert mit einem wunderbaren kartoffelpü.

es macht spaß, sich durch die karte zu kosten, wir fingen zu zweit mit 4 tellern an & teilten uns dann noch einen fünften – das sagenhafte blutwursttörtchen.

draußen lässt sich hübsch das treiben der touristenhorden beobachten, drinnen im souterrain ist es auch nett, die musikauswahl kann zuweilen erheitern.

zum schwarzen hasen             krausnickstr. 1        10115 berlin

bunte tierwelt in mitte: die schicke miez im kiez

July 24, 2012

das katz orange bietet laut eigener website saisonale küche mit internationalen einflüssen aus regionalen zutaten & humaner tierhaltung. das ist kein besonders neues konzept, auch die optik des durch die bank jungen, hippen service-personals ist einem aus anderen restaurants in mitte durchaus geläufig.

es gibt gute biere vom faß, eine kreative, wenn auch nicht in jedem fall überzeugende cocktail- und weinkarte sowie – man lese und staune – auf wunsch zur begleitung der georderten alkoholika karaffenweise Leitungswasser… ohne, dass auch nur mit einer wimper gezuckt wird.

was das kätzchen wirklich gut kann: hervorragend gut kochen. das liegt sicher auch daran, dass hier 2 ehemalige köche von tim raue am werk sind. der service ist darüber hinaus unglaublich freundlich und professionell.  meine absoluten favoriten, für die sich ein besuch jederzeit lohnt, befinden sich auf der regulären abendkarte:

fangen wir mit einer schnöden „beilage“ an: die pommes. jawoll, ich habs gesagt. hier wird die mutter aller pommes zubereitet – großartige, dicke batzen kartoffeliger wonne, die in gänseschmalz (bio, versteht sich!) frittiert werden und an knusprigkeit außen sowie fluffigkeit innen an nichts übertroffen werden, was jemals unter der bezeichnung „pommes“ meine lippen passiert hat.

die ausgesprochen üppig bemessene portion, die als beilage locker für 3 personen reicht, bekommt man für geschmeidige 6 €; dazu kann man eine auswahl hausgemachter saucen bestellen – hier fährt man mit der traditionellen rot/weiß combo sehr gut, der avocado-apfel-joghurt war nicht ganz so mein ding.

ein tatar vom freilandrind (16 €) ist ebenfalls so großzügig portioniert, dass es locker als hauptspeise durchgehen könnte – selbst als geteilte vorspeise sind die gut angemachten 200g unglaublich sättigend, auch der salat vom brandenburger feld läßt sich gut zu zweit als auftakt teilen.

der absolute renner allerdings ist das ab 2 personen bestellbare, 12 stunden lang geschmorte duroc schwein mit allerlei beilagen (saisonale salate, zitronen-knoblauch-joghurt, schmorfond, süss-saure zwiebeln, „carlo’s gemüse“ und maisbrot. tonnenweise brot.).

der braten kommt mit 2 gabeln auf den tisch, die mühelos das wunderbar zarte, saftige & aromatische fleisch zerteilen. bißchen schmorfond drüber, das zitronen-joghurt paßt prima zum gemüse, pommes dazu & ein feines maxlrainer helles vom faß – tja, und dann wird so richtig reingehauen. satt & wohlig verläßt man die katz und freut sich schon auf das nächste mal.

awesomeness where you least expect it….

May 31, 2012

psssst — don’t tell anyone! but it would seem that part of eberswalder is becoming a new destination for some very good & very affordable food.

besides the already fairly popular italian eatery cotto e crudo and a relatively new korean place, a couple of folks from the team that brought you themroc on torstrasse  have opened up a french bistro that will keep you coming back for more.

the small resto with perhaps 40 seats total and an indiscriminate storefront features an open kitchen, where two cooks work their daily magic cranking out some damn fine dishes at incredibly reasonable prices. take one of the daily specials on a recent evening, for example, all of which are written on the blackboard: an appetizer of fantastic veal tartar with wild herb salad and a luscious piece of eggplant rang up at 7.20 euro. the regular menu features a small selection of appetizers & mains, all of which are well under 20 euro, and most everything ordered that evening was very good to great. don’t know if there’s a wine list, as we were quite happy with ordering several carafes of the house white and >gasp< tap water!

the service, a friendly but slightly overwhelmed young lady, can be a bit slow, so make sure you are in the mood for a very French, very leisurely, very delicious & delightful evening.

and pretty please – do continue to pimp out the hungry hipster haven aka torstrasse to all your friends, pan-european & northamerican visitors from out of town, and let this be our dirty little secret. merci beaucoup.

les valseuses

eberswalder str. 28

BEST OF BERLIN 2011/2012 — PART I

January 3, 2012

everyone and their duck compiles their “best of” lists at the end of the year – so naturally, i decided i’m gonna be totally, like, rad…and start the new year with a list of my personal favorites. might this be because in truth, i am a helpless victim of procrastination and just couldn’t be bothered to post this just a few days earlier? i guess we’ll never find out…

many of the places listed below have been previously reviewed on this blog, in which case i have linked to the respective posts (mostly in german, so sorry!). others are in dire need of reviewing, but hey – there’s a whole new, shiny year ahead of us.  who knows what might happen ‘-)

so let’s dig into part one:

American – Coffee

“AMERICAN” (BURGERS & STEAKS)

while i am well aware that american cuisine encompasses a whole lot more than just burgers & steaks, most berlin restaurants (as well as their customers, for that matter) are not. so there.

the bird / am falkplatz 5 / p’berg

everything that needs to be said about this place has been said. the music’s too loud & of the “shitty rock” category, but i can ignore that for a grand piece of beef. while the service can be spotty at times, the quality of both burgers and steaks remains consistent. the proof? just try to get a rez on the same day you’d like to go. good luck!

hamburger heaven / graefestr. 93/ xberg

not nearly as overrun as the big cheese above, but it’s become quite popular & is a great alternative for a very good burger w/out having to play the reservation game.

tartane / torstr. 225 / mitte

a daily changing menu with a special burger on offer every day & a small standard menu with good eats for pretty much any taste. hipster-factor = not too high, despite its location on torstrasse.

“ASIAN” (PAN-)

there are so many ways pan-asian food can go wrong.  just visit panasia near hackescher markt some time, or any other viet-thai-sushi-50% off place. thankfully, there are exceptions.

toca rouge / torstr. 195 / mitte

a fine example of  very moderately priced, interesting twists on chinese & thai stand-bys, with incredibly friendly staff and an interior as dark as my soul.

dudu berlin / torstr. 134 / mitte

despite the location (waaaay too close to st. oberhip on rosenthaler platz) and a ridiculously high hipster-factor, i found the food there to be surprisingly delish. a very good grilled salmon dish with seaweed salad comes to mind, as well as a very generous sashimi salad.  good ‘beautiful people’ watching, too >snicker<

BERLIN AT ITS BERLINEST

these are a few  places that represent the berlin i love, and love to share with visitors.

clärchens ballhaus / auguststr. 24 / mitte

an old-school dance hall with decent pizza & fantastic people watching.  the dance classes are legendary.

clash / gneisenaustr. 2a im mehringhof / xberg

quite a different kind of dance hall, and a very different kind of customer. i dare you to use the bathrooms sober.

mauersegler / mauerpark / p’berg

mauerpark itself is quintessential berlin history, and if you’re a dirty white hippie who loves drum circles and african dance, you’ll fit right in. mauersegler is a nice bar to hang out, sip beer and munch on various snacks while listening to some of the more interesting and talented bands than what you find outside on the dusty “lawn”.

prater / kastanienallee 7-9 / p’berg

oldest and most beautiful biergarten in berlin. ‘nuff said.

 

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH

brunch is a well-loved tradition in berlin, one i rarely enjoy because my breakfast at home is so goddamn awesome. but sometimes i get lazy or just want to get out.

café morgenland / skalitzer str. 35 / xberg

despite the fact that one has to go on a diet before being able to maneuver the tiny (but well-stacked) buffet area, it’s well worth the trip from other hoods.

CHINESE

like in any larger german city, there are a million and one chinese restaurants in berlin, a lot of them located on kantstrasse in charlottenburg, aka little china. i don’t get too excited about cantonese cooking, so you’re on your own there.

hot spot / eisenzahnstr. 66 / ch’burg

that other sichuan resto that’s not quite as awesome as tian fu. if, however, you’re a fan of riesling, do check out the extensive wine list and ask the very friendly owner for recommendations.

tian fu / uhlandstr. 142 / wilmersdorf

spicy. salty. oily. just like it should be.  order the hot pot or the chili chicken and let your tastebuds sing.

wok show / greifenhagener str. 31 / p’berg

best dumplings in town, and a garlicky napa cabbage salad that’ll make everyone you meet after dinner want to send you to a deserted island. just make sure to bring some of those dumplings along for company, which are also available to buy frozen for take-out.

COCKTAIL BARS

cocktails and spirits have been experiencing a bit of a renaissance in the last decade, with all the insufferable snobbery and self-acclaimed “mixologists” that inevitably go hand in hand with such trends. that said, one can get a damn fine cocktail in all the places mentioned below. just ignore the hype if you can.

reingold / novalisstr. 11 / mitte

definitely in the mixology category. this bar has a great atmosphere and high-quality drinks to match. if you are so inclined, you can discuss the intricacies of tequila or nuances of aged rums & rhums – berlin’s newest obsession – with the superduper-knowledgeable mixologists (no mere bartenders here, thank you very much). or, you can just sit back and enjoy your drink.  that is, if you don’t mind smoke. cuz this is a smoking bar, just so you know.

stagger lee / nollendorfstr. 27 / sch’berg

likely also falls in the mixology category, but with fewer pretensions suffered elsewhere. a small place with cozy leather seats and an atmosphere that’ll transport you to a saloon in the wild wild west, the drinks are fantastic, with the mint julep being the house specialty: served in a pewter cup with house-macerated cherries. i could make a single meal of those cherries. oh my.

rum club / top-secret location

an incredible collection of rums (the owner’s passion), a monthly sushi night and special tiki events await those select few who are invited to enter these holy halls of high-end alcoholism.

COFFEE

unlike amsterdam, where one can get a great cup of coffee pretty much anywhere, you have to be a bit more selective when it comes to a bean-brew that’ll wake you up and make you happy.

double eye / akazienstr. 22 / sch’berg

certainly no longer a secret, this is where you’ll get your perfect caffeine fix – likely after having waited on line for a while. it’s worth it, tho.

röststätte / ackerstr. 173 / mitte

you can buy the house-roasted beans or browse the wide selection of espresso machines in the store next door, or sit down with a delightful cuppa joe and watch the parade of “ironic” jeggings & fedoras pass by.

werkstatt der süße – p’berg

October 20, 2011

i’ve long ago lost my sweet tooth – my preferences definitely lie on the savory side of the spectrum:  spicy, salty, bitter & sour are the flavors that make my mouth sing. in a restaurant, i am much more likely to order the cheese plate than mousse au chocolat (thankfully, i never eat alone, so i get the best of both worlds). i can walk past miles of cakes, pastries & other baked goods without missing a step >yawn<.

there are exceptions, however. the delectable creations from patissier guido fuhrmann at werkstatt der süße, for example.

la dolce vita indeed.

the tartlets, pralines and mousses are light as air, fantastically delicious and truly pieces of art with wonderful flavors. i’ve never had anything that was overly sweet – in fact, the dark nougat bar with passionfruit mousse had a nice, refreshing tartness to it.

a very passionate dessert.

the “chocolate crisp tartlet” is, despite its pedestrian name, the house’s flagship dessert and a personal favorite.

crispy, chocolatey goodness.

you can’t possibly go wrong ordering any one of these wonderful delights – be it as an afternoon coffee treat, taking home a fabulous dessert for your own dinner party for those of us less talented than mr. fuhrmann, or as a sweet gift for your favorite sweetie.

best damn thai food in berlin. seriously.

June 27, 2011

edd’s thailändisches restaurant?  please.  mao thai?  no way, josé.

nope — for the freshest, most delicious, and authentic thai food, head on over to winterfeldtmarkt on saturdays, and find the little stand owned by the talented and lovely ms. rattaporn moeckel.  choose any of their daily specialties.  you’ll love it, regardless of what you end up ordering — be it soups, curries, or chicken saté.  their wonton soup is made with delicate, pillowy wontons stuffed with ground pork and spices, bobbing around in a flavorful broth.

larb -- spicy ground pork salad.

my personal favorite by far, however, is their fiery dim sum.  people with “farang” palates can get a whimpier version, but really – what’s the point?  these are incredibly delicious dumplings bursting with thai flavors:  spicy, salty, sour, and a touch of sweetness.

dim sum = delightfully sumptuous.

a recent special was this incredible steamed fish topped with a custardy coconut curry.

a basket full of happiness.

ms. moeckel can be hired for catering, and if i were to throw a party in berlin, she’d be my first choice.

go eat there NOW.  do make sure to get there before 1 pm, otherwise most of the tasty treats will have been ravished by other, earlier birds.  damn, i hate those early birds.

the berlin bites burger bonanza

November 17, 2010

it seems like these days you can’t swing a cat without hitting the window of a recently opened or soon-to-be-opened burger joint.

haus or house – what’s it gonna be?

granted – the lowly hamburger has always been a popular fast food, but the sudden explosion of  burger places in berlin is a fairly recent phenomenon.  let’s avert our eyes from monstrosities such as this

papa… no! nooooooooo!

some things are better left unthunk. good heavens.

on offer at a local chain hitherto mainly famous for being a horrific excuse for a “sushi” restaurant that apparently didn’t want to feel left out.

to select the good, bad, and ugly, i took the heavy burden upon me to visit a few of them, ranging from established places to newbies, so you don’t have to waste money on sub-par patties.  i basically stuck to ordering cheeseburgers, because a burger without cheese is like pizza without cheese, and i sometimes got fries on the side, but they were a minor point in my final judgment.  sooo – let’s start with the worst of the bunch and work our way up to the ultimate burger nirvana, shall we?

V. ketchup & mayo / oranienstr. / newbie

i simply couldn’t resist the rather grandiose advertisement promising ‘finest burger cuisine.’  the namesakes – ketchup & mayonnaise – are available at the counter in large vats with no restrictions and no extra pay.  bonus point.  the menu offers a variety of burgers including vegetarian versions, but really, why bother?  we’re talking beef here, after all.  and omg, those patties are bad.  it’s like biting into a slice of meatloaf: densely packed & strange-tasting, no amount of free ketchup and mayo could make up for this awful, pasty mouth feel.  i don’t recall whether the patties are fresh or frozen, but really – who cares at this point?  epic fail.  stick to the fries instead which are actually some of the best i’ve had at any of the burger joints visited.

IV. marienburger / marienburger str. – duh / old school

this place has been around for a while, and has a fairly large and passionate fan base.  the people working the grill that day were ink & metal-augmented, which is a rare sight in the overly gentrified pregnant hill these days, and very friendly and swift.  orders are taken at the counter and called out later by name.  it’s tiny, and there is very little room to sit save for a narrow counter at the wall and a couple tables outside.  ketchup and mayo are on the tables free of charge.

looking good, baby. but beauty is only skin deep…

unfortunately, the patties are frozen, fairly flat (but much larger than your usual mcdirt size), the toppings generous & fresh, the buns toasted.  bonus point for that one.  no floppy buns for me, please.  alas, the mouth feel is once again too dense for the perfect burger, but certainly edible.  damage per burger: €3-4

IV. drachentöter / am falkplatz / newbie / update: CLOSED (huge surprise. not.)

it sure takes some ginormous balls to open up a burger place right next to the bird (reviewed below), undoubtedly the benchmark for any burger joint in berlin with obsessive fans, and it’s been around for a good 4 years.  i just had to find out what kind of a nutcase was running this operation, and how their burgers stood up to the competition next door.

it’s got a bistro atmosphere with 80s style pastel colors, which somehow just didn’t seem right for a burger joint.  surprisingly enough, the people who run this place don’t seem crazy at all and are rather friendly.  you can choose from a variety of burgers with cutesy german first names, and made with fresh meat.

this burger may slay the dragon, but not the bird.

the buns are toasted, there’s some sort of ‘special sauce’, and the toppings are fresh.  unfortunately, the patty has a similar texture to the marienburger – too dense.  overall not bad, but just.  not. right.

the fries are second best to ketchup & mayo. damage per burger: €3.50-6

III. bbi – berlin burger international / pflügerstr. / newbie

neukölln’s first address for your burger cravings.  a hole in the wall just off of sonnenallee, this place offers burgers made with a mix of  90% beef & 10% lamb = 100% fresh, and you also have the option of ordering any of their burgers in a mini version, which is about a 4 oz serving and perfect if you’re hungry, but not that hungry.  you order at the counter leaving your name, and wait till you’re called & eat at a tiny counter on the wall or at one of the few tables outside.

international (?) burgers in neukölln

this is where i noticed what seems to be a relatively new fashion:  potted rosemary as a centerpiece (i’ve seen this at a bunch of places now). not sure if this is a burger joint thing or just the latest trend, but whichever it is, i like it.  it creates the illusion of ‘atmosphere’ and style while sitting across the street from a bookie, and your only view is the M29 bus stopping right in front of your table every 10 minutes.

raw cheese… now, that’s just wrong.

the patty is flavorful, if overdone – my ordering med-rare was refused by the cook for some reason, and the cheese wasn’t melted on the patty, which is a massive bummer.  the salad topping consists of an interesting mix of spring greens, not your usual watery shredded iceberg, which adds a nice touch.  damage per burger €4-6

II. hamburger heaven / graefestr. / newbie

hamburger heaven indeed.

this is the place to have a burger if you are craving good meat – after all, you can choose between regular, halal, organic, and free-range (the priciest at €8 or 9).  the tiny booth, tucked away in a side street near kottbusser brücke, is usually run by the owner who can be a tad bit slow when more than a couple of orders are up, reinterpreting the notion of “fast food”, but he is super-friendly, and the quality of the resulting burger more than makes up for the wait.

cheeseburger heaven, even! oh yeah, baby.

both the ketchup and mayonnaise are house-made fresh daily (!), the ketchup being tomato-y to the max, and the mayonnaise having a nice, eggy taste to it.  your choice of cheese is appropriately melted, and the burger is grilled to order – yes, you can get your patty med-rare if you ask for it. the fries are pretty awesome too, a small portion is definitely enough.  you can park your lardass on one of the few picnic benches and tables (decorated with the aforementioned rosemary planters. weird.), or stand at the single table near the window.

hands down best newcomer burger in town.  highly recommended.  damage per burger between €4-9, depending on your ecological conscience.

and now, the top banana, the big cheese, the winner!  the bestest, juiciest, most delicious piece of ground meat on a bun in all of berlin & perhaps the rest of germany:


I.  the bird / am falkplatz / old school – the be all and end all in burgerosity

what can be said about this meat lovers’ paradise, this cavern of carnivorous delight, that hasn’t been said already?  two expats from new york opened this place in 2006, and they have since set the standard for all burgers to follow.  orgasm on a bun, that’s what it is.

the ghetto deluxe w/american cheese. ’nuff said.

the meat for the patties is ground up freshly every day from quality meat cuts (the steaks served here will make you believe you are not in germany anymore), not cooked beyond medium, regardless of how much your german ass begs for a patty ‘well-done’ … talk about a misnomer.  your MEDIUM-RARE burger is loosely packed and NOT over-handled, it’s beefy, cooked just right – tho they do tend to err on the rarer side, making those sweet meat juices running down your chin and hands.

bite me. burger with an attitude.

the cheese is a generous helping of molten, gooey deliciousness, the buns (english muffins, which has led to some controversies but i frankly find they handle the massive beast better than those cottony fluff buns) are toasted, the toppings kept simple – tomato, onion, lettuce leaf, pickle on the side.

the fries are hand-cut, and of varying quality.  nobody cares about the fries here, tho.  seriously.  damage per burger €9-13 – cheap it is not.  good it is.  fantastic, to be exact. yoda out.

henne / xberg

October 22, 2010

how could one possibly go wrong with fried chicken?

well, perhaps one could, but most definitely not at henne – a berlin institution that’s been around for over a century, and that has witnessed the wall go up and down practically in their FRONT LAWN in the meantime.

what hasn’t changed is the dark and dusty wooden interior, or the recipe for a fried half chicken:

where'd the wing bone go? >burp<

crispy, crunchy, golden-brown skin & juicy, tender meat.  in fact, the chicken is so cripy and crunchy that i’ve been known to eat the entire wing tip, bones and all.  because, well … did i mention how crispy-crunchy-delicious everything is?

yes, sometimes the cooks can go a little overboard with the salt… but please – don’t cry about it and have another sip of the deliciously refreshing bavarian mönchshof landbier on tap (which is actually served in traditional biersteins.  that fact alone should let any red-blooded american’s heart beat faster, no?)  alas, the staff is not dressed in dirndls and lederhosen – we are in prussia after all – but whether you’re enjoying an early summer evening in the tiny beergarden or somewhere in the cavernous rooms, you get to share the large, rustic tables with random strangers, which creates a rather convivial atmosphere, especially after a few rounds of landbier.  be advised that it can get rather hot in the upper back room, so i don’t tend to go there unless the weather is nice & you can sit outside.

apart from the golden chicken, you can order a pair of sausages, but nobody does that.  neither should you.  for sides, you’ve got the choice between potato salad and kraut salad (sadly, they’re both store-bought and thus a tad bit overpriced, but nonetheless tasty, at least the potato salad).  either salad is delivered pretty soon after the drinks, which is good, as the wait for the chicken can be long:  30-45 min., depending on how busy the place is… and it is ALWAYS busy.  considering that fact, the service is impressively swift, and generally very friendly.

after dinner, check out the awesome selection of various liqueurs – a number of traditional berlin spirits such as mampe halb and halb (i have no clue what it is, but it’s tasty), persico, ginger cream or cinnamon or walnut liqueur.  trust me, you won’t find this on any old diner menu.

when you go, make sure to call AT LEAST 3-4 days ahead, especially if you’ve got a party of more than 2 or 3 people – the phone is almost always busy, and reservations go fast.

su mirtú – redux

August 11, 2010

uh-oh.  alte blogger-weisheit:  bevor man ein restaurant beurteilt, lieber zweimal hingehen.  gesagt, getan…. und bitter bereut.

an einem sonntag im august fanden wir uns gegen 20 uhr am wasserturm ein, wo der außenbereich des kleinen italieners bereits gut besucht war.  schnell wurde ein tisch für uns bereitgestellt, auf karte oder die möglichkeit einer bestellung mußten wir leider unangemessen lange warten, da der oberkellner damit beschäftigt war, einen eingedeckten, nicht besetzten tisch mit servietten, tellern und speisekarten zu versorgen & zwischendurch zu rauchen.

eine knapp halbe stunde später schon konnten wir dann unsere bestellung abgeben – eine gemischte vorspeisenplatte mit frischem fisch & meeresfrüchten, penne mit scharfer salami sowie malloreddus (sardische hörnchennudeln) mit ‘weißem ragu’.

die vorspeisenplatte erschien nach einer geschlagenen ¾ stunde:  ein teller mit lieblosest dahingeschlotzten shrimp, zwei knapp dem teenager-alter entwachsenen langusten (?) sowie drei meereszungenfilets in einer etwas wässrigen tomaten”sauce”.  war eßbar, sicher, die shrimps aber zu durch & auch sonst für 11 euro eigentlich eine unverschämtheit.

wir waren um 22 uhr verabredet und wurden um viertel vor doch langsam etwas nervös, da von unsrer pasta nichts zu sehen war (dies immerhin ANDERTHALB STUNDEN nach unserer bestellung).  als ich drinnen nachfragen wollte, kam aber schon der gerade mal nicht rauchende kellner und stellte unsere teller auf den tisch….  leider waren die penne nicht dabei, sondern tagliolini mit shrimp und zucchini.  die sahen zwar gut aus, hatten wir aber nicht bestellt & wollten wir auch nicht essen.  das fand der kellner offenbar unzumutbar und räumte grummelnd den teller ab.  auf unsere nachfrage, wie lange wir jetzt noch auf die penne warten müßten, da wir quasi JETZT verabredet seien, kam ein genervtes “das muß jetzt frisch gekocht werden”.

interessanterweise fanden sich die penne aber dann doch noch irgendwo in der küche an, ebenso lieblos hingeklatscht wie meine hörnchennudeln (etwa ein pfund davon)

chappi mit einem pfund nudeln

mit dem mysteriösen ‘weißen ragu’, dessen herkunft ich lieber nicht erfahren möchte.  die scharfe salami bestand aus verkokelten salami-fetzen.

was eine doch recht ansehnliche menge von leuten, vermutlich aus der nachbarschaft – die ja weiß gott gastronomisch nicht gerade unterversorgt ist – dazu treibt, sich dieser katastrophe auszusetzen, kann ich mir nur mit einem starken hang zum masochismus erklären.

geht wirklich gar nicht.