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1. Lavanderia VecchiaFlughafenstr. 46, Berlin
2. LamazèreStuttgarter Platz 18, Berlin
3. AGÜEVO! Taquería CantinaWühlischstr. 12, Berlin
4. Samakki Talad ThaiKaiser-Friedrich-Straße 41, Berlin
5. ChutnifySredzkistr. 43, Berlin
6. Wok ShowGreifenhagener Str. 31, Berlin
7. SasayaLychener Str. 50, Berlin
8. Mogg & MelzerAuguststrasse 11-13, Berlin
9. ArirangUhlandstraße 194, Berlin
10. FiletstückSchönhauser Allee 45, Berlin
11. Cookies CreamBehrenstr. 55, Berlin
12. The BirdAm Falkplatz 5, Berlin
Bathed in white light and decked in white cloth from table to ceiling, this Neukolln spot transformed completely when the sun goes down with neon blue and purple lighting for two completely different eating experiences. Lavanderia Vecchia's Italian menus change every week -- at lunch meals are ordered a la cart, and at dinner, the lucky patrons who managed to score reservations pay around 60 Euros to have their four courses and a half bottle of wine chosen for them.
This West Berlin brasserie is helmed by Chef Régis Lamazère, cooking up classy French fare such as escargots, pork confit, and tarte tatin.
The authenticity of this Mexican, cantina-style joint is made in apparent in its fresh, flavorful salsa, hearty "sopas," and house-made blue cornmeal tortillas.
This nondescript cafeteria offers authentic Thai street food. Aside from pad thai, Samakki Talad serves "kuay tiau rua" (boat noodles), "som tum" (green papaya salad) and other Southeast specialities. Dishes are typically around €5.
There seems to be a so-called “Indian restaurant” on every corner in Berlin, but not like Chutnify. It has earned the grateful adoration of the locals by serving South Indian street food to a population hungry for the real thing. The appetizers could satiate a ravenous crowd on their own, but the crisp, plate-sized dosa is a thing of beauty -- especially when filled with succulent marinated pork, tandoori chicken, or, in the best of the bunch, a mixture of ground lamb and peas.
They may serve up a variety of Chinese dishes at this Prenzlauer Berg resto, but they specialize in tasty dumplings, which come in both meat and veggie varieties, and either fried or steamed.
Creative, reasonably-priced sushi and comfortable digs have made this Japanese restaurant one of Berlin's finest. For those of you not interested in raw fish, Sasaya also supplies excellent miso soup, marinated pork, and grilled herring.
A former Jewish school for girls, Mogg and Melzer is a chic, cozy deli decked in emerald tiles and blood orange colored picnic tables. A hot spot for breakfast and lunch, they serve staples like smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup. Stray off the reservation and try the chicken liver creme brûlée for dessert.
Although this Korean restaurant is off the beaten track and its modest appearance is a bit unappealing, Arirang's cuisine tells a different story. Authentic dishes—broiled beef, fried pork, kimchi pancakes—and loyal customers paint Arirang as one of the city's most popular spots for Korean fare.
This tiny restaurant may have only 26 seats, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor, offering delicious and juicy cuts of steak and a rotating filet of the day.
Once you duck into the alley next to The Westin Grand and around the corner to the back of the building, you'll be dazzled by one of Berlin's only vegetarian elite dining experience complete with white tablecloths, chandeliers, and city views. In small yet flavorful portions, quail eggs lie in perfectly circular brioche nests, ratatouille sports pearled barley necklaces, and grilled pineapple desserts sit atop foamy coconut sorbet.
Count on home-style, American burgers at this establishment, which was one of the first in the city to serve the Western staple. Their black angus patties and variety of toppings come on English Muffins, and the bar itself has a very New York feel to it.