Thursday, September 22, 2016

Heisser Wolf (Berlin, Germany)

Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, 10785 Berlin

Heisser Wolf (Hot Wolf) is a chain of snackbars that is part of a butcher empire in Germany. They have over twenty locations in Germany, mainly in the South and East. Many are in shopping malls, just like the one I visit, in the Potsdamer Platz Arkarden mall. They serve various German meats, mainly with bread or fries.

I go here a couple of times. One time I get the Leberkäse (kind of German meatloaf) and one time I get the Frikadelle (kind of German meatball). Both are decent quality but heavy and greasy – in between quality of a regular snackbar and a quality butcher.

VERDICT: 81/100
Good place for a warm piece of meat on the go that will keep you feel filled for a while.

Sausage Guy (Berlin, Germany)

Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Germany

One of the saddest sights in Berlin is these guys that are walking Imbisses (snackbars). They literally walk around with a grill on the waist – even in the hot summer – selling just one type of sausage with bread and a choice of mustard or ketchup. I get a sausage, which costs just €1.50, and is standard. The roll is a bit stale.

VERDICT: 72/100
Basic but cheap

Bistro Istanbul (Berlin, Germany)

Warschauer Str. 46, 10243 Berlin, Germany

Bistro Istanbul is a small Döner Kebab place close to the Warschauer Strasse metro station and on the way to the Oberbaumbrücke, a popular touristic destination. It seems to mainly cater to tourists and serves the usual that Berliner kebab stores offer: falafels, kebabs, burgers, fries, salads.

I get a Döner Kebab, which is the usual: bit dry Turkish bread, shaved inferior meat from the skewer, lettuce, onion, cabbage, several sauces. The only thing that was different was that they had spicy chili flakes that you could add.

VERDICT: 78/100
Dime a dozen kebab shop in busy location.

Frische Holländische Pommes (Berlin, Germany)

At Gay & Lesbian Street Party, Nollendorfsplatz, Berlin, Germany

This is a small stand that sells fries, sweet potato fries, and wedges with a while range of sauces, mostly Dutch, including sate sauce. It probably only does big events and smaller markets. I get Fries with Mayonnaise (€3): a small portion in a cone. The fries are thick and crispy. Still have a good potato flavor even if they are a bit too salty. The mayo is German, i.e. oily and sweetish.

VERDICT: 86/100
Some of best fries I have had in Germany.

Fresh & Fast (Berlin, Germany)

Motzstrasse 1, 10777 Berlin, Germany

Fresh & Fast is a small Imbiss that only serves hot dogs (it seems to have existed as Hot Dog Laden 2 before). It has some 10 different varieties of hot dogs, mostly the classic you get in the US. I get the Chili Hot Dog (€2.60): the bun is toasted, the wiener is bio but not very tasty, but the chili is extra spicy and has a real kick. It also has some crunchy grilled onions on it.

VERDICT: 83/1o0

Nice for its toppings

Fritz & Co (Berlin, Germany)

Wittenbergplatz 5, 10789 Berlin, Germany

Fritz & Co is a small stand at the Wittenbergplatz, close to KaDeWe, that sells Currywurst and fries. What sets it apart is that they are organic – they also have a stand called Witty’s Bio-Currywurst at Schönefeld airport. They are also a bit expensive.

I get Fries (€2.70) with Mayonnaise (+€0.60). The fries are thick with some skin and are a bit undercooked - slightly crispy in outside but bit rawish inside. They are solid potato though.

VERDICT: 85/100
If prepared well these will be among the best fries in Berlin.

BagYard (Berlin, Germany)

Budapester Str. 50, 10787 Berlin, Germany

BagYard is a hip lunch place that is part of the Bikini Hotel shopping center at Berlin Zoo. It serves various sandwiches, including falafel, pulled pork, and many others. It looks very upscale and healthy, even though many dishes are quite heavy.

I get the Falafel Meal (€8.90): falafel sandwich, fries, and lemonade of the day. The fries are crispy and taste "Mediterranean" (i.e. fried in olive oil). The falafels are quite dry as is the little toasted bread it is on.

VERDICT: 80/100
Nice concept but quality is mediocre.