In March 2019, I took a big leap out my comfort zone and traveled to Berlin, alone, as a small, female Asian. Unfortunately, this meant less food photos because my stomach is the size of an ant. I stayed in Berlin from 25th March 2019 to 27th March 2019 and here are some of the meals I devoured.
On the Monday after arriving to Berlin, I went to Restaurant Maximilians Berlin for its 4.5 star reviews on Google and had my first German dinner. This restaurant was really friendly and did not make me feel weird for eating alone. All the staff were dressed in cute blue-and-white outfits, or dirndl.
The pretzel was delicious!! It had a beautifully cooked outer layer, salty flavour and the softness inside balanced well. It was huge and I struggled to finish it. The beer was 3.5€ a pint, smooth and tolerable for the non-beer drinker 😂
My main dish was Geschmorte Rinderrroulade, a braised slice of beef, rolled and stuffed with gherkin, onions and bacon, with red cabbage and mashed potatoes. Beef was very tender and savoury, well flavoured. Mash was creamy and added a nice balance to the meat. I found the cabbage slightly sour for my liking but when mixed in with the other two components, it was delicious.
The next day, for lunch, my tour group stopped in a quiet area of Berlin. They decided to eat at a Thai restaurant 🤔 so I separated and explored nearby restaurants. I came across a 4.1 star rated pub and was going to eat there, however I experienced a rude waitress and perverted-staring men so I left. Realising I only had 35 mins left to eat before I had to meet my group, I stopped by this burger fast food chain. To be honest, the meal was very mediocre. I would have had a more enjoyable time had I gone to McDonalds. Live and learn, I guess.
I stopped by a cute little bakery for some sweets. This strawberry cake was sweet but not anything too mind blowing. The strawberries were not as fresh as they could be. The jelly was drying out. The bottom biscuit-and-cream layer was soft and mild.
These were mini cupcakes from tigertörtchen. They were creamy and delicious and brought back my hopes in German food (lunch had been a tad disappointing). I got coffee and biscotti, chocolate creme, raspberry and chocolate, and passion fruit. They were well balanced, fresh and sweet, and went well with my cappuccino. The store has a 4.7 star rating on Google.
For dinner, I ducked into Zur Gerichtslaube. This is a cosy, basement restaurant, serving traditional German food, from soups to feasts. This was a hearty grilled Berlin-style sausage, on wine-flavoured sauerkraut with claret sauce and herb-flavoured potatoes for 9.90€.
The sausage had a thick, meaty inside, as it was steamed first then fried. The outer layer was crispy and salted. Europeans have really starchy potatoes compared to Australians so I was all for these delicious veggies. The sauerkraut had a tart profile with a soft, almost watery texture. It's hard to described but balanced the salt of the sausage and mildness of the potatoes well.
Thanks for reading. I can't wait to go back to Germany with M so we can explore and eat everything. Auf Wiedersehen!