Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tom's Fritten (Berlin, Germany)
Tom's Fritten, Oranienburger Strasse (corner Auguststrasse), Berlin
Whenever I see a stand with fries, I have to sample them. It's a Dutch thing. In any case, In Germany they think the best fries come from the Netherlands and thus market them as such (interestingly, in the Netherlands they think the best fries come from Belgium, which is true). Tom's Fritten is a stand in an alternative part of Berlin-Mitte, which almost exclusively sells fries and a huge variety of sauces (including the classic mayo and ketchup, the unlikely avacado and guacamole, and the unique jalapeno mayo).
I order a small fries (2 euro) with German mayo (20 cents). I should have gone for Dutch mayo (20 cents extra), which isn't that good, but better than the oily mayo the Germans eat. Anyway, I'm happy I didn't go for the large fries (3 euro), as they taste pretty bad; fat and salty, as if they are baked, rather than fried.
If you are looking for good fries in Berlin, Tom's Fritten will unfortunately not provide them. In fact, I prefer McDonalds fries over these.