Week 10 : Tabibito (Japan)

After all the excesses of Christmas we decided to go for something a bit healthier this week and you can’t get much healthier than Japanese food. Berlin has a vast array of decent options to chose from and with no handy blog to clearly point out the best so I put my research skills to good measures use and set about finding a good place.

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Tabibito sits on Karl Marx Straße in Turkish Neukölln near the big bling shiny shopping arcade and you could easily walk straight past it. The outside looked very tired and slightly naff but inside was really cute and what I imagine a Japanese restaurant looked like in the 1980s with black varnished wood tables, bright decoration and several lucky cats watching over us. We were given a warm welcome and the choice of the two remaining free tables. It was still very busy at 9.30 on a Saturday evening with a good vibe and mix of people. The excellent reviews hopefully seemed justified.

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Our post Christmas appetite soon came back when we saw the many delicious menu options. We chose prawn and meat dumplings to start and then various sushi including crispy giant prawn maki and portions of octopus, tuna, red mullet, scallop and surf clam nigiri.

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Everything was great. Super fresh, tasty and well presented. The giant prawn maki was so good we ordered a second portion. It wasn’t a cheap place but we ate very well for 50 euros and enjoyed every mouthful.

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