Posts Tagged ‘overall awesomeness’

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.

maria bonita / p’berg

August 4, 2009

a mexican, a texan, and an australian open up a restaurant…

what may sound like the first line of a joke is, in fact, brilliant news for american expats, embassy staff, exchange students, and tourists who’ve been desperate for REAL mexican food in berlin, which up until now simply didn’t exist, save for some sub-par ‘tex-mex’, chain-type tourist traps.

a happy, predominantly north american crowd has been gathering at this hole-in-the-wall joint on danziger str. since its opening a few weeks ago, sipping coronas (the other beer choice is schultheiss, and even foreigners know to steer clear of this sorry excuse for a ‘brew’).  there’s a small bar at the window with a few bar stools, and 3-4 tables outside with picknick benches, offering a great view of the latest street construction and evening traffic.

the slightly dingy atmosphere is secondary, and it certainly doesn’t deter anyone from savoring the flavors previously lacking in berlin.

the small menu offers a number of mexican classics such as tamales, enchiladas – my favorite dish that night, served with a tangy salsa and queso fresco, chile relleno, fish tacos with crunchy fried morsels of (some sort of) white fish and a spicy mayonnaise, tacos with argentinian beef, and a very nice, chunky guac.

enchiladas with salsa & queso fresco

enchiladas with salsa & queso fresco

tamales, beef tacos, and fish tacos w/spicy mayonnaise

tamales, beef tacos, and fish tacos w/spicy mayonnaise

while certainly not the most photogenic food i’ve encountered, i’ve been reassured by my fellow american diners that this is indeed the real deal.

i wouldn’t be surprised if this place had to move to new premises by next summer due to its high popularity:  the night we were there, two dudes took a couple of barstools outside and used a block of cement plates as a table.

maria bonita * danziger str. 33

tian fu / w’dorf

July 22, 2009

finally, my quest to find an adequate substitute for my favorite sichuan haunt in PA has come to a glorious end!

perhaps my previous virginity regarding sichuan food has kept me from discovering this chili-haven located on uhlandstrasse – after all, it’s been around for over a decade, and it took me this long to find it.

i’ve been back three times now (more than any other berlin resto this summer), and i’ll most definitely be back – for their cucumber salad with chili oil, the stir-fried water spinach

water spinach with fresh chili peppers

water spinach with fresh chili peppers

the ma po tofu, or any of the braised dishes

braised ocean perch & vegetables in hot chili oil

braised ocean perch & vegetables in hot chili oil

brimming with my latest serious addiction:  the sichuan peppercorn.  its unique floral aroma and slightly numbing qualities, making it possible to ingest large numbers of very spicy chili peppers predominant in many sichuan dishes, has become a flavor i not only crave, but can conjure in my mouth days later.  i love it, i love it, I LOVE IT!

i urge anyone looking for excellent sichuan food in berlin – a city where cantonese restaurants still make up the vast majority – to check this place out!  granted, you’ll have to insist they don’t hold back on the desired spiciness, which remains the dilemma of any non-asian… that is, until you become a regular.  i’d like to consider myself one by now.  hell yeah.

tian fu  /  uhlandstr. 142  /  030 861 3015  /  www.tianfu.de

(reservations highly recommended, even on weekdays).