Missed me? After a few months engulfed in the lab, I’m back! As it seems that I've left things with brunch in Australia, let's get right back to it with a weekend of fantastic brunching in Berlin.
It all started with a lazy Saturday brunch at Alpenstueck, a bakery-café in Berlin’s Mitte district. This place is the perfect antidote to a long week at work. Enter to a beautiful bakery counter and hunker down in the café for the long haul.
Keen to eat everything, we decided to have the choice take away from us by ordering the breakfast platters, one with a cheese selection of brie, emmental, and German “mountain cheese”, and the other with a cured meat selection of ham, prosciutto, and German salami. These came on big wooden boards with a beautiful selection of breads (from dark & dense slices to light buns), fruits, and jam and soft quark with herbs. Of course I couldn’t resist also ordering a buttered pretzel whilst waiting. Perfection.
Don’t forget a lovely yeast dough pastry to takeaway afterwards (even if you have an Andrew-equivalent protesting in the background). Safe to say it was worth it!
On to Sunday morning. After a rather heavy night on the town, food was in desperate need and Zoe suggested we all go to a breakfast market in Kreuzberg in the Markthalle Neun. Not to sound overly gushing, but this was genuinely one of the most amazing food markets I've been to. And this is despite feeling quite fragile.
We started off with a cheese plate of buffalo mozzarella, buffalo ricotta on toast, and minted strawberries, and drizzled with tangy balsamic reduction, runny honey, and a good bit of pepper.
Then came the salmon portion of the feast, first with a sandwich filled with the largest amount of hot smoked salmon I’ve ever seen (plus some crème fraiche and chives) and then an eggs benedict bun. I’d recommend just going for the hot smoked salmon in future though – no queue and just an incredible amount of salmon!
Next came fried banana bread with bacon, bananas, and vanilla yogurt (no photo unfortunately), an incredible Yemeni wrap with boiled eggs and lamb, and German cabbage and potato salads.
Feeling full (possibly just shy of sickly), we finished things off with a beer and some poppyseed German cheesecake. The beer definitely did the trick – rejuvenated, we all made our way back to the airport.
One last breakfast tip: Haribo. Disgusting you say? Well, it saved me from hunger pangs whilst waiting for Andrew to leave our hotel each morning. Just get some.
Direction wise, the Alpenstuck Bäckerei & Café has a sister Michelin-starred restaurant just across the street, which is very much closed in the morning (ehem…early afternoon), so don’t be put off if you see the lights out when you arrive. Just look across the street.
Markethalle Neun in Kreuzberg also hosts a lovely dinner market on Thursday nights if you happen to be in Berlin then (Zoe asserts this is amazing!)