Sunday, June 12, 2016

Eisgrün Eis-Café (Berlin, Germany)

Kurfürstendamm 115, 10711 Berlin

Eisgrün Eis-Café is a restaurant that serves various coffees, cakes, and ice creams. It claims to make over 100 different flavors of Italian ice cream. At any time there are some 30 flavors available, most fruity and sweet classics.

M. gets a cone with one scoop of Malaga, while I get a cone with two scoops, Stracciatella and Lemon (my test flavors). I think the two cones together cost some €3.50, which is decent. The Malaga had a strong alcohol flavor, while the Lemon was fruity but not very zesty, the stracciatella not too sweet but also not very flavorable.

VERDICT: 84/100
Very acceptable Italian ice cream, but not remarkable.

Thüringer Grill Stübchen (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)

Brunnerplatz 1, 15230 Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

Thüringer Grill Stübchen is a classic, run-down Imbiss that serves traditional German snacks and foods, including original Thüringer sausages, schnitzels, potato salad, etc. It caters to an older, local crowd, which seems to mainly appreciate its alcoholic beverages.

I get a Big Thüringer on a Roll (€3). The sausage is reheated but tastes pretty good nevertheless. The roll is a bit old.

VERDICT: 83/100
Basic German Imbiss.

Eiscafé Bellini (Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)

Karl-Marx-Straße 7, 15230 Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

Eiscafé Bellini is a very large restaurant with a terrace on the main square of Frankfurt/Oder, which serves food but is mainly known for its lavish Italian ice cream (gelato) options. Most of the flavors are classic, a combination of sweet and fruity.

I get a cone with two scoops (€2): Walnut and Mandaranetto. The walnut is ok, bit too creamy, the Mandaranetto (mandarins) has a very strong (artificial?) flavor.

VERDICT: 80/100
Quite cheap, but also quite mediocre.

Bus-Stop (Berlin, Germany)

Inside the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sportpark, Berlin, Germany

I am actually not sure whether this food truck is called “Bus Stop,” but I didn’t see another name. It is in an old US school bus that serve only one type of burger. I visit it during the Berlin Pilsener Pokalfinale, when it is in the Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Sportpark.

I get the Hamburger (€4) without cheese. It comes with lettuce, tomato, ketchup and pickles. The meat patty is quite big and prepared on a griddle. The bun is also big and fresh. Overall pretty tasty for a European burger.

VERDICT: 85/100

Very decent burger for European standards.

Curry Rock (Berlin, Germany)

Potsdamer Platz 7, in den Arkaden, Basement, 10785 Berlin, Germany

Curry Rock is a small food shop in the basement of an upscale mall in downtown Berlin that serves sausages, burgers, and fries. It has several homemade sauces for the Currywurst, including one called “crazy,” which costs €0.50 extra.

I get Menu 1: Currywurst, fries and drink (€5.50) and get the sauce “sharf” (spicy). The sausage is not the usual, soft bockwurst, but a bit snappier and hardier. The sauce (and herbs) are really sharp. The fries are basic but salty.

VERDICT: 85/100
Curry Rock mainly stands out for its sharp sauces.

Nazareth Falafel (Berlin, Germany)

Greifswalder Str. 26, 10405 Berlin, Germany


Nazareth Falafel is a small but modern-looking shawarma place that open only a few months ago. It specializes in authentic Middle Eastern sandwiches (including shawarma & halloumi), sides (including Tabouleh & Fatuous), and pizzas (Arab & Italian). It is pretty busy on this Wednesday Eve.

I get a Falafel Sandwich (€2.50). The three falafels are put on Lebanese bread and filled with salad, onion, beats, spcy sauce, and then put on a Panini press. It tastes really good and authentic. I also get a side of French Fries (€2), which are homemade even if they look and taste prefab, but they are perfectly crispy.

A few days later I come back and get a Shawarma Sandwich (€2.50): chicken shawarma with all the above toppings as well as French fries, also put on Panini press. Tasty, but the chicken shawarma has a bit weak taste and is overpowered even by French fries.

VERDICT: 87/100
One of better shawarma places I have eaten at in Europe, but falafel is better than shawarma.

Caffé e Gelato (Berlin, Germany)

Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Alte Potsdamer Str. 7, 10785 Berlin

Caffé e Gelato is a big café and ice cream place in the upscale mall on Potsdamer Platz. It offers a huge variety of coffees and ice creams, including the classic Italian gelatos, premium (original creations), and organic flavors.

As always, I test gelato places with two flavors: Lemon and Stracciatella. Both are absolutely excellent! The lemon is fresh and zesty, the stracciatella is creamy but not too sweet.

VERDICT: 94/100
Some of the best gelato I have had.