Ok this is my last Europe post and I promise to keep it brief! To see where else I ate on my Euro vacation, click here.
LAST STOP: BERLIN
I have just a few mentions for Berlin, which is booming with international restaurants and an amazing (and affordable) dining scene. I absolutely love the personality of this city: bright, musical, expressive. The public transportation will get you everywhere, there are plenty of beautiful parks, unique bars and restaurants, vintage shops, and everything is relatively affordable (coming from a San Franciscan). Truly worth a visit!!
As if I hadn’t eaten enough Italian food on this trip, we checked out a new restaurant called Trentasei for some carb-loading. My friend Estrella and I split a gigantic margherita pizza, which had a paper thin, chewy, blistered crust topped with a thin layer of tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and aromatic basil. We also got a plate of ricotta and spinach ravioli with basil-mint pesto… ohhh my god. I can’t decide which of these was more delicious!
Berlin is crawling with beer gardens, and this one, which is tucked away in the beautiful lakeside Tiergarten, is the perfect scene for a warm afternoon. Our friends brought a picnic spread of cheeses, dips, olives, and fruit, which we supplemented with plenty of hefeweizen and (of course) a soft pretzel with grainy mustard.
Lastly, but CERTAINLY not least, I have to give a huge shout out to the one and only Bagdad Bistro. Berlin is littered with restaurants selling Döner Kebab, and Bagdaddy’s (I love it so much it deserved a nickname) does it best. While there’s no shortage of meat, the place also has several veggie options: falafel, haloumi, and zucchini fritters. I opted for the zucchini (all three times I went there) and got all the fixings: garlic sauce, chili, shredded beet, salad, thinly sliced onion. Oh, and the best part? You can achieve this kebab-tastic flavor explosion for a mere THREE EUROS. Something between the crunchy, chewy, hearty, and saucy elements of this sandwich just kept me coming back for more. I tried to casually bring it up in conversation at least 5 times a day, like “I don’t mind having a quiet night. We can just hang out, watch some Netflix, go for a walk, grab some Bagdaddy’s or whatever…” or “Ya we could go check out that restaurant, OR we could just grab something really quick and easy, you know, like Bagdad’s…” Oh yea, it’s also open basically 24 hours a day – early morning/late night (perfect for your walk home from the clubs at 7AM). Have I sold you on this yet? I could go on. But I won’t because I’m getting hungrier the more I talk about it.
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