SWISSbuckling to Europe Pt XXVIII – Food of Berlin

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Our first currywurst (€2,90)

What’s a trip to Berlin without eating currywurst? It’s so ubiquitous Berlin that it has a museum dedicated to it.

While we didn’t visit it, we did have our share of currywursts. Our first was during our way back after Berlin’s Festival of Lights. Walking back from Warschauer Straße station, the shop caught our eyes and we decided to have Berlin’s famous food there.

what a wurst (Taken next morning)

The curry powder went surprisingly well with the sausages and it was really comfort food on a cold night. We promised ourselves to have at least one more currywurst before we left Berlin.

The next day, we had planned to eat at Scheers Schnitzel located near East Side Gallery. However it wasn’t open when we were there and we had a disappointing lunch at a Thai eatery (located inside the large supermarket near our accommodation) instead. Although it was ran by Thais, the taste wasn’t really authentic. Perhaps they had to modify the food to suit German tastes.

Meh Thai lunch – fried noodles and rice with curry pork (€8)

Between our visits to Topographie des Terrors and Jüdisches Museum Berlin, we decided to visit Ritter Sport Bunte Schokowelt at Französische Straße 24.

Ritter Sport (€2,90)

It was crowded with both locals and tourists and many were queuing up to get their own unique chocolate.

Schoko Kreation

Personalized chocolate flavor for €3,90 only

We didn’t have the patience to queue so we proceeded to the retail area. It was as mind blowing as our visit to Lindt factory shop in Zürich

Everyone’s chocolate-crazy

View from the escalator

There was more retail space up there and it had a mini exhibition on how chocolate is made from cocoa. There was also screens where one could view Ritter Sports’ commercials from around the world over the years. Pretty interesting if you are from Europe and watch the commercials since young.

Ritter Sports Commercials

There were also many flavors that we hadn’t seen and we ended up spending close to €20 there.

From Jüdisches Museum Berlin, we were only one stop away from Mehringdamm, home of two Berlin institutions: Curry36 and Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap.

Mehringdamm

As soon as we exited the Mehringdamm Station exit, we immediately saw the queue for Mustafa’s.

They weren’t kidding about its popularity

The rain and the crowd put us off initially and we made the decision to head down the road for Curry 36, whose claim to fame being the creator of currywurst.

Curry 36

Curry 36 counter

We ordered currywurst and fries (€4,60) and to be honest they were finished in no time. I couldn’t say if it’s better than What a Wurst; both were delicious.

Currywurst from Curry 36

However we weren’t satisfied. Okay it was me. We were so close to the best kebab in Berlin (and probably whole of Germany) yet we didn’t get to try it. Seeing that the number of people seemed lesser, I decided to join the queue.

Me at the rear end of the queue

Despite having the poncho on, I still got wet from the rain. The Turkish-German guy in front of me took pity of me and offered to share his umbrella with me. Thanks buddy!

I realized that most of the people queuing weren’t tourists like me but long-time residents. This was further confirmation that the food must be awesome. It took slightly over an hour before I reached the front of the queue. Instead of ordering just one kebab (very affordable at €2,90 each) as initially planned, I had to order two to justify the time spent in the queue.

My German was (still is) non-existent so I tried ordering in my rusty Turkish . The chef and I managed to carry a simple conversation while they made our order; he asked where did I learn Turkish (learned from my five months’ stay in Istanbul) and what I was doing there (academic exchange). He also asked if I like Istanbul (of course) and wished me afiyet olsun (bon appetit in Turkish) when delivering our food. The number of people in the queue didn’t seem to diminish throughout the evening.

We didn’t eat the kebabs until we were back dry and safe in our accommodation. Our first bite justified our decision to queue and why everyone didn’t mind the wait in the rain. The meat was juicy and flavorful. The spicy sauce, the grilled vegetables and feta cheese all contributed to make the kebab a great one.

By the end, both of us were convinced that we had eaten the best kebab in Europe. Anyone in Berlin who had time to spare shouldn’t miss it.

Best for last – Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap

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