What to EAT
The Berlin food scene keeps evolving seemingly at the speed of light, with a blink of the eye another plethora of new restaurants appear. Many restaurants are following a conservative and traditional path, but more and more often ones are opening that have a basis in a traditional cuisine but then turn it completely inside out with combinations of flavors you have often never experienced together. This can sometimes be a massive failure but not in the case of the newly opened Vietnamese restaurant RYONG nor with the Japanese influenced GOBENTO, which recently opened its 3rd outpost in Berlin, GOBENTO Kousai.
The restaurant is recently opened and is still finalizing its menu, so too early to settle on THE signature dish. All dishes are either vegetarian/vegan, so no fish or meat are served. They have a noodle menu, with all noodles made each day in house out of dinkel. There is an extensive Bao Burger menu which are all flavor explosions in your mouth, the Golden Burger being one of my favorites. All but one at the moment are made with a tempura crust, so if you are on a diet, this is not the place to go! They do offer two ‘wraps’ which are versions of the boa burgers, but with cabbage as the wrap instead of a Bao, the Midnight Sun was my favorite. Depending on the burger or the wrap you order, you will also be served Edamame or Gobo Root Tempura Chips. The appetizer menu is very extensive and its good to go with a few people so you can order a variety to try, the stand outs to me where the Silky Kimono (a tofu starter) and the Dragon Egg (a spinach tempura covered avacado with an amazing vegan mayo and lemon).
If you are thirsty you will be spoiled for choice, with many hot and cold tea/juice choices, creative hot drinks as well as cocktails. Also note, the price point for Main dishes range between € 7,50 and € 10,–.
***advice, it can get a bit messy eating the bao so best not to wear white!
FUN FACTS: The restaurant is designed and owned by the same people behind the Oukan 71, which is an Avant Garde/ Japanese clothing shop on Kronenstrasse off of Friedrichstrasse which has its own hidden creative asian café on the second floor, serving tasty and fairly priced lunch as well!
Address | Torstr.59, 10119 Berlin Tel | +49 30 30 30 7047 Website | www.ryong.de Hours | Monday – Sunday 12noon – 12midnight
*pictures by RYONG on INSTAGRAM
INTRODUCING: GOBENTO | GOBENTO SHIRO | GOBENTO KAUSAI
All three restaurants offer the same menu, with the menu changing every few days. They offer some rice bowls that are 5€ and good if you aren’t too hungry, the day I went they offered a bowl with Spicy Salmon and Flamed Prawns. The reason to go to Gobento though is for their special Gobento Box. Its 10€ and huge! When you walk in you let them know if you are fine with meat and fish or not, and then they create a bento box based on the menu offered on the day. The box on the day I went consisted of a small rice bowl with smoked salmon in a chili cream sauce and nouri as well as grilled eggplant with a carmalized sesame lime sauce, tofu cheese steak, gyoza and edamame. I was seriously full but content with what was provided in the box. Their signature dessert consists of a salted butter brioche with a scoop of vanilla ice cream covered in a chocolate/caramel sauce and fresh fruit, as well as tumeric and matcha powder. Too top it off there is a stick of cotton candy, consider your mind blown!
FUN FACTS: All three Gobentos sell only 30 Bento Boxes each day, so when they are gone on that day, they are gone. They do not sell drinks at any of the locations, but do offer free jasmine tea as well as tap water, you can bring with you whatever you want to drink! The owners seem to be true Star Wars fans with the interiors all having some ode to Star Wars inside. If you and your friends feel like playing board games they also have those in each of the shops, so feel free to play!
Address |Gobento: Stubbenkammerstr. 5, 10437 Berlin Address | Gobento Shiro: Reichenburgerstr. 118, 10999 Berlin Address | Gobento Kausai: Graeferstr. 78, 10967 Berlin Tel |+49 172 365 2269
Hours | Gobento: Wednesday – Sunday 18:30-22:30 Hours | Gobento Shiro: Tuesday – Friday 12:30 – 20:30 Hours | Gobento Kousai: Tue – Fri 12:00–22:00/Sat & Sun 18:00-22:00