Coming from San Francisco to a tiny village on the border of France five years ago, the one thing I really missed (besides my family, that is) was international food. Sure there were a few chinese/thai (because they are such similar cuisines!?), italian and turkish restaurants, but mostly I ate a lot of German food my first few years in the country. After moving to Berlin I was so excited to have food options other than traditional German food, I unintentionally boycotted my adopted country’s cuisine. Not to say I don’t like German food, but it is often not that spectacular and subpar food of any kind just makes me sad. That said, Tim Raue’s new(ish) restaurant, La Soupe Populaire, housed in the old brewery at Bötzow Berlin has definitely elevated Berlin’s traditional German food options. I was thrilled to be invited to a dinner there, served at the chef’s table next to the kitchen and got the chance to sample the same menu that was served to Obama when he visited Berlin over the summer. The space is part gallery, part restaurant, with the menu changing to reflect the art showcased. The space is currently showing the incredible photographs from Andreas Gursky until January 12th, and if the food wasn’t already enough of a reason to visit (and it IS), the art is pretty enticing on its own.
The space itself feels rough and industrial, yet still warm and cozy- something that so many places try to achieve but fall short of. I was completely shocked when I learned that Tim and his team had three weeks to build the restaurant from the ground up. Seriously amazing.
Senfei (egg in mustard sauce), I had somehow never tried a senfei until this meal and have been craving ever since. Unfortunately for me, this will most likely be the most amazing Senfei I will ever eat and every other Senfeier will pale in comparison.
a perfectly cooked piece of cod with a tarragon puree
Königsberger Klopse with the most amazingly rich mashed potatoes. Normally I am not a meatball fan, but this was pretty amazing.
Prenzlauer Allee 242
open Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner