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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Exotic and interesting restaurants to try out in Berlin - Africa

In one of my favorite movies, When Harry Met Sally..., there's a now ubiquitous, zillion-times-spoofed and ridiculously famous scene in a restaurant that practically everyone in the Western countries older than 15 knows even if they didn't manage to watch the movie so far.

(Guys, come on! Go watch the movie, it is a very good one and you will not regret it!)

It is usually enough to say "the When Harry Met Sally.... restaurant scene" and every person in the room knows what you are referring to, even if in the movies Harry and Sally actually go out and have dinner a lot of times.

[Yep, and nope: 
Yes, this is a restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally... 
but no, this is not that restaurant scene]

And yet, besides the scene in Katz's Deli from Lower East Side in New York where Sally fakes an orgasm for making a point...

...and an older customer woman (played by the way by the director's mother), immediately says to the waiter: "I'll have what she's having", the movies contains another funny dialogue about dining out and cultural stereotypes:

We're talking dream date compared to my horror. 
It started out fine, she's a very nice person, and we're sitting and we're talking at this Ethiopian restaurant that she wanted to go to. 
And I was making jokes, you know like, "Hey I didn't know that they had food in Ethiopia? This will be a quick meal. I'll order two empty plates and we can leave." 
Yeah, nothing from her, not even a smile.

Billy Crystal as Harry Burns
When Harry Met Sally... by Rob Reiner (USA, 1989)

So, after or before watching this great movie, how about trying out some "exotic" and interesting places where you could discover something more about yummy recipes from different African cuisine traditions? 
Based on my experience, I can say that even if, usually, meat is a big component of the menu, in those restaurants it is also possible to find vegetarian dishes and most restaurant owners are open to provide a vegan option if nicely asked to do so. Where "nicely" is the word.

Enjoy, and let me know in the comments which cool places are still missing in this list.

Cameroonian food
Bantou Village NEW
Kameruner Str. 2, 13351 Berlin
Restaurant located in Wedding, in the so-called "African quarter".

Ethiopian food

Bejte Ethiopia
Zietenstraße 8, 10783 Berlin
The restaurant is located in Schöneberg and offers many vegetarian options.
Blue Nile
Tempelhofer Ufer 6, 10963 Berlin
Sredzkistraße 26, 10435 Berlin
The restaurant offers Eritrean–Ethiopian food.

Fusion food
AtayaCaffe NEW
Zelterstraße 6, 10439 Berlin
Afro-Italian café located in Prenzlauer Berg with an original mix of vegan and vegetarian recipes from Sardinia and from Senegal. Every Sunday morning takes place a vegan brunch.
The name refers to the Ataya ritual of drinking tea within a community with the same tea being filtered three times. 
Pan Africa Catering & Restaurant
Kirchhofstraße 41, 12055 Berlin
The restaurant offers German-African fusion food and a catering service.

[Hollywood and African food, again:
Dr. Benjamin McKenna (James Stewart) 
and his wife Josephine Conway McKenna (Doris Day)
are enjoying a "traditional" Moroccan dinner
in The Man Who Knew Too Much by Alfred Hitchcock (USA 1956)]

Moroccan food
Lausitzer Pl. 6, 10997 Berlin
The restaurant offers Moroccan and Egyptian food.
Restaurant La Maison Marrakesh - Update: closed!
Gärtnerstraße 2, 10245 Berlin
The restaurant offers traditional Moroccan cuisine.

West African food
Jalloh Fefary Monimba Lounge
Kameruner Str. 5, 13351 Berlin
The restaurant offers a famous all you can eat buffet.
Mama Africa
Herrfurthstraße 30, 12049 Berlin

Tags: Berlin, restaurants, African food, Quotes, When Harry Met Sally..., Cultural stereotypes

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