We had two very equally fabulous meals in Berlin. One was super expensive with mediocre service, the other was super cheap with amazing service. We justify the first expensive meal because it was my birthday! Happy birthday to me!
We went to La Mano Verde for my birthday meal. It is a vegan restaurant with plenty of raw choices. The meal was so expensive and delicious that we decided to take our sweet time eating – we had a 4 hour dinner folks!
Irfan ordered the Lime-Almond-Gazpacho soup with avocado, chilli and coconut. It was pretty darn good.
Jemila got the Ravioli Rouge & Blanc with chioggia beetroot ravioli made with cedar nut cream on a bed of fennel, apple and horseradish salad. It was alright. Not incredibly flavourful but an amazing presentation.
Our friend Chris, who we stayed with Berlin, opted for the Quiche Mano Verde made with fennel, mushrooms, pine nut cream and a Kalamata olive and thyme crust. It was quite tasty.
I ordered the safe Garden Fresh Mixed Salad with nuts and seeds and olive oil. It was a good, predictable salad.
Irfan ordered the BBQ Seitan Steak served on grilled eggplant and a nut sauce. Irfan liked its crispy texture but thought it was a bit too dry.
Jemila ordered Cappelletti del Autunno home made ravioli filled with pumpkin and chestnuts, served with a sage and blue poppy seeds glaze, topped with home made nut Parmesan. It looked delicious but tasted a little bit bland.
Chris ordered the Mille-Feuille Lasagne with seasonal vegetable layers, bell pepper & cashew nut antipasti. It was good, although we had higher expectations based on its appearance.
I ordered the Risotto Melange de Champignons with arborio rice, mixed mushrooms, herb pesto and a white wine sauce. It was yummy although a tad too sweet for a main course in my opinion.
Jemila had the Apricot Cheesecake with berry sauce and lemon zest. It was delicious.
Irfan ordered the Golden Orange Creme Brulee with ginger, lemongrass, served with candied kumquats and fresh fruits. Although it looked like creme brulee, it tasted more like a custard.
Chris ordered the Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake topped with hot chocolate sauce. Although this beauty was NOT gluten-free it was sooo delicious (yes, I cheated on my birthday! so sue me already :P).
I ordered the Cheese Cake Mano Verde with mango cashew and lime, served with a berry coulis. It was really good.
If you’re a raw foodie with deep pockets, I would definitely recommend this place. If you are like the rest of us who are a bit more thrifty, I would pass.
Our second happygut eat in Berlin was Bejte Ethiopia, a hidden gem by Berlin’s red light district.
We ordered the veggie platter which was soooo delicious! It was hands-down the best meal on the trip. The food was bursting with flavour, the price was right and the service was excellent. The ambiance was festive and the environment was so warm and friendly. And, even though the place was packed the owner still made a point to personally take our order. If that wasn’t good enough, there was even complimentary tea and fresh popcorn! We loved this place! Please do make sure to check out Bejte Ethiopia if you are ever in Berlin!