Week 27 : Txokoa : Basque Region

When I decided to include autonomous regions in this blog, this basque tapas restaurant was the place I had in mind. We pass Txokoa many times when we go out for drinks on Weserstraße in Neukölln and I have been tempted for a while. We finally got the chance when we were looking for somewhere nice to go to with a friend and his friends from London one Wednesday back in April. We found the prices to be a little high for tapas in Berlin but decided that London folk wouldn’t bat an eyelid at 6-8 euros for high quality tapas as that wouldn’t even buy you some patatas bravas in London.

We knew we had definitely made the right choice to impress visitors from London when we saw the intricate and intriguing menu. We were also pleased to discover that they were foodies like us and were as enthused by the choices available as we were – it is hard to find many octopus lovers out there! We initially decided upon ten dishes between five of us with the option to chose more if we needed. We didn’t need more dishes after the first round but we wanted more as they had been soooo good and so we chose another selection of five of our favourites. When each dish came it was accompanied by little gasps of ‘oooh’ from everyone as they were so pretty and inviting. The highlights were the braised octopus with cinnamon potatoes, stuffed piquillo peppers with cod and seaweed, venison steak (cooked to perfection), sucking pig belly with wild mushroom and green apple, the slow cooked pork croquettes and the prawns with squid ink risotto. They were incredible, everything being so delicately and precisely flavoured and perfectly cooked.  Suddenly the price tag seemed very cheap as this is really high end cooking and the portions were decent too for tapas. We chose a very decent Garnacha which was around the 20 euro mark to accompany the food.

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prawns with risotto

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braised octopus

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white asparagus

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sweet piquillo peppers stuffed with salt cod and seaweed

pork belly

pork belly

If Txokoa represents authentic basque cooking then I cannot wait to visit – amazing! Date of visit 29 April 2015

Update 2017 – Still open. Have visited several times since this first visit and the quality remains very high but they have increased their prices so no longer such good value.

Price for two course meal with drinks for two persons: 50-80 euros depending on appetite

Rating: 9/10

Address: Weserstraße 6, 12047 Berlin

Website: http://txokoa.de/