And finally, we have reached the final restaurant from the 80 cuisines odyssey around Berlin featuring two of Germany’s most comforting dishes; spätzle (fine egg pasta pieces) and knödel (dumplings from bread flour or potatoes) which are most representative of southern Germany.
This small restaurant is in the heart of Friedrichshain amongst some good bars and cafes and we have gone past it many times but never stopped. This time we actually ventured inside and found a table at 7pm on a Saturday evening in the simple, modern interior with wooden tables and a few kitschy decorations such as taxidermy and antlers.
The menu is fairly simple and very light on starters and appetisers with just bretzels and soups available. For mains you choose between dishes featuring spätzle which is usually served with a meaty or cheesy sauce, or knödel which is usually more of a side dish to grilled meat. My dish Kalbsroulade featured neither and came with another form of German carbs Schupfnudeln which are like an amalgamation of the two and made with swede instead of potato. Richard went for a roast pork dish with herb dumplings and we got some bretzels with cheese spread as appetizers to accompany our fresh Kellerbier while we waited.
As soon as I ordered I realised that I had made a mistake as I had meant to try the spätzle which are the house speciality but thankfully the standard of food was good enough alongside the convenient location to warrant a second visit. Of all the German food we have tried since we have been in Berlin this must have been the tastiest as they were generous but not to an overkill extent with the salt and seasoning. The star of my dish was not the veal roulade itself which was a bit dry but instead the swede schupfnudeln which I could have eaten a whole plate of. Richard’s only complaint was that there were only three dumplings, the pork was moist, the sauce full of flavour and the dumpling plump and herby. As a final restaurant, we ended on a high note and would happily revisit.