Food & Drink

Mitte's 9 best restaurants

Barbara Woolsey Published On 10/28/2014 Published On 10/28/2014

Recently, Mitte has quietly emerged as the home of Berlin’s up-and-coming gastro scene. Sure, restaurants in Kreuzberg and Neukölln are definitely making a stand, but Mitte still holds onto its foodie glory (and does it kind of aloofly). Here are nine of the best Mitte restaurants, and what you absolutely need to order when you go to them...

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Never been to an Icelandic burger joint? Well, you can fix that gaping hole in your life right here. We recommend Tommi’s cheeseburger somewhat arbitrarily as there are only four menu items (all burgers, naturally) to choose from anyway. The Angus patties are juicy, and always on a fresh bun.
What you're getting: The Cheese Burger

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YamYam

At €8.50, YamYam’s bibimbap is probably the most expensive in town, but it’s definitely worth it. There’s nothing quite like this authentic Korean dish done right, with vegetables, homemade kimchi, a fried egg, and rice presented in a sizzling stone bowl.
What you're getting: Bibimbap

DUDU

DUDU

DUDU's sushi menu isn’t traditional Japanese by any means, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. The Crunchy DUDU -- stuffed with avocado, salmon, and tuna, coated in panko, then layered with a heap of guacamole and rucola salad -- is clearly the most filling maki you’ll ever eat.
What you're getting: Crunchy DUDU

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Clärchens Ballhaus

Clärchens is known for its century-long history of ballroom dancing that continues on even to this day -- but what the local Mitte institution can also lay claim to is one heck of a warmhearted German menu, particularly in the schnitzel and accompanying salat.
What you're getting: Wiener Schnitzel with kartoffelsalat (warm potato salad) and gurkensalat (traditional cucumber salad)

Mädchenitaliener

Mädchenitaliener

This established Italian restaurant has new specials every day, and nearly never the same dish twice: gnocchi and pumpkin in pistachio pesto, pappardelle and pancetta in white wine butter, and the list goes on. While the tageskarte may be unpredictable, the pasta’s always made in house and cooked with lots of fresh produce.
What you're getting: Whatever’s on the daily menu

Sababa

Sababa

This much-loved Israeli bistro is known for its hummus, but the more adventurous menu item is actually the schakshuka. Literally meaning “mixture” in Arabic slang, this dish is eggs poached in a burning hot sauce of tomatoes, onions, chili, and cumin.
What you're getting: Schakshuka

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Yarok

Yarok offers Syrian comfort food at its finest, which is most accurately exemplified by the Mix-Teller. It’s a heaping plate of falafel, halloumi, zucchini pastry, hummus, couscous, and other traditional sauces and salads. Good luck trying to eat all of it. 
What you're getting: Mix-Teller

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District Mot

What started off as an entry into the local foodie event and competition Burgers & Hip Hop actually become so popular (three-time winner, in fact) that it’s now permanently on the menu at District Mot. This banh bao burger is nothing short of amazing, with pickled red onions, Vietnamese pickled vegetables, fresh coriander, soybean skin, mango, and homemade sauces (garlic mayo, caramelized fish sauce, and red curry sauce).
What you're getting: De La Sauce Burger

Green Tea Café Mamecha

Green Tea Café Mamecha

This cutesy café is the perfect post-dinner hangout, specializing in green tea but also serving lattes, espresso, and the like. But if you still need something sweet to reach satisfaction, the matcha ice cream is a real bull’s-eye.
What you're getting: Matcha ice cream

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1. Tommi's Burger Joint Invalidenstr. 160, Berlin, 10115 (Mitte)

This multi-country chain by founder Tómas Andrés Tómasson serves up truly incredible burgers at even better prices. Simple fixings, a juicy Angus beef patty and a pillowy bun that’s definitely no afterthought, these burgers definitely stand out in a sea of joints trying to do the same thing. Tommi’s also has a food truck, so can now grab your eats at the outdoor culture space Urban Spree too.

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2. YamYam Alte Schönhauser Str 6, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

YamYam plates authentic Korean cuisine while giving you the option of enjoying it in the great outdoors or in their comfortable dining room inside.

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3. DUDU Torstr. 134, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

DUDU’s sushi menu isn’t traditional Japanese by any means, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. The Crunchy DUDU -- stuffed with avocado, salmon, and tuna, and coated in panko, then layered with a heap of guacamole and rucola salad -- is clearly the most filling maki you’ll ever eat.

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4. Clärchens Ballhaus Auguststr. 24, Berlin, 10117 (Mitte)

Clärchens, a combination bar, restaurant, and dance hall has been around for more than a century and is still going strong in Mitte. Many come for the cheap (and a lot of the time, free) dance classes that rage in style from salsa to swing, but they always end up staying for a live set of traditional Russian music in the Gipsy Restaurant or take a break for a wood-fired pizza, sandwich, or German dish like fried perch or meatballs from their kitchen.

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5. Mädchenitaliener Alte Schönhauser Str. 12, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

This established Italian restaurant has new specials every day, and nearly never the same dish twice: gnocchi and pumpkin in pistachio pesto, pappardelle and pancetta in white wine butter, and the list goes on. But while the menu may be unpredictable, the pasta’s always made in-house and cooked with lots of fresh produce, so it's never a bad option.

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6. Sababa Kastanienallee 50, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

This much-loved Israeli bistro is known for its hummus, but the more adventurous menu item is actually the schakschuka. Literally meaning "mixture" in Arabic slang, this dish is eggs poached in a burning hot sauce of tomatoes, onions, chili, and cumin. Can you say, hangover cure?

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7. Yarok TorstraĂźe 195, Berlin, 10115 (Mitte)

Yarok offers Syrian comfort food at its finest, which is most accurately exemplified by the Mix-Teller. It’s a heaping plate of falafel, halloumi, zucchini pastry, hummus, couscous, and other traditional sauces and salads. Good luck trying to eat it all!

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8. District Má»™t Rosenthaler StraĂźe 62, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

This Mitte eatery doles out Saigon street food that ranges from traditional offerings to its banh bao burger, which is nothing short of wacky and amazing, with pickled red onions, Vietnamese pickled vegetables, fresh coriander, soybean skin, mango, and homemade sauces (garlic mayo, caramelized fish sauce, and red curry sauce).

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9. Green Tea Café Mamecha Mulackstraße 33, Berlin, 10119 (Mitte)

This cute café is the perfect post-dinner hangout, specializing in green tea, but also serving lattes, espresso, and the like. And if you're craving something sweet, the matcha ice cream is a real bull’s-eye.

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