Food & Drink

Mitte's 9 best restaurants

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014
Tommi's Burger Joint
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Green Tea Café Mamecha
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1. Tommi's Burger Joint Invalidenstr. 160, Berlin, 10115

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.