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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Vegetarian and vegan-friendly Vietnamese restaurants to try out in Berlin, a good option for eating out even while suffering from celiac disease

Vietnamese cuisine is a feast for the eyes and thanks to the freshness of its ingredients, the big variety of flavors and the great abundance of places to try out in the city, it is very popular and well represented in Berlin.

A good yin-yang balance of the meals is pivotal in the Vietnamese tradition and, thanks to the influence of the Buddhist cuisine, it offers a huge selection of vegetables, herbs, and spices and therefore it is usually a very good option for eating out also while following a vegetarian or vegan diet.

Things are changing fast in Berlin, and nowadays it is not only easy to find a vegetarian and/or vegan version of most recipes in every Vietnamese restaurant, but it is also becoming more and more mainstream for some Vietnamese restaurants to offer a menu that is completely vegetarian or vegan, it doesn't matter if we are talking about soups, wraps, rolls, main dishes or desserts. 

[Vegan Vietnamese summer rolls with spicy peanut sauce
Image source: Home Sweet Jones]

While living here, I had many chances to try new places. 
Lemongrass, Saigon cinnamon, lime, and ginger were not exactly part of my daily diet before, and yet over time I learned to appreciate and enjoy them and now the Vietnamese cuisine is for sure among my favorite ones, also because it offers so many rice-based recipes, perfect for people that suffer from celiac disease, just like me.

[Yin-yang balance is highly respected in the Vietnamese cuisine
Greens and vegetables are considered very important]

Here you can find a list of Vietnamese restaurants to try out in Berlin.
Bon appétit, and let me know in the comments how did you like them!

Anjoy NEW
Rykestraße 11, 10405 Berlin
The restaurant is located in Prenzlauer Berg and offers a Sunday brunch buffet and many vegetarian options.
Cat Tuong
Kastanienallee 89, 10435 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Vegan restaurant with an extremely fancy atmosphere, good service, and tasty meals.
Raumerstraße 17, 10437 Berlin
Vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg that offers "cloister" recipes respectful of the Vietnamese tradition.
Chay Viet NEW
Brunnenstraße 164, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Very stylish and quiet restaurant in Mitte, with experienced staff and a top-notch service. The food is delicious and both vegan & gluten-free options are available upon request.
Chay Village NEW
Niederbarnimstraße 10, 10249 Berlin
Eisenacher Str. 40, 10781 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Two "vegetarian Vietnamese" restaurants, one in Schöneberg - near U-Bahn station Eisenacher Str. - and one in Friedrichshain, that offer delicious recipes from the Vietnamese tradition with lots of vegan options and gluten-free alternatives upon request. 

[Image credit: Côbéin]

Côbéin NEW
Prenzlauer Allee 48, 10405 Berlin
Cô Cô bánh mì deli 
Rosenthaler Str. 2, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Fast and friendly service, delicious recipes and big portions. Vietnamese food and sandwiches, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Com Viet
Münzstraße 3, 10178 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Cozy, not expensive and very popular Vietnamese restaurant in Mitte, with delicious dishes and vegan-friendly options.

[Image credit: Eastmoon]

Eastmoon NEW
Eberswalder Straße 1, 10437 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Stylish, quiet even during busy hours and simply delicious. This restaurant almost in front of the famous Mauerpark offers traditional Vietnamese cuisine and refreshing iced tea alcohol-free drinks. Vegan and gluten-free options available as well.
Thanks to Mario for the tip!

[Image credit: Hanoi St. 16]

Hanoi St. 16 NEW
Torfstraße 16, 13353 Berlin
Restaurant located in Sprengelkiez (Wedding) and inaugurated in 2018, that offers Indochine fusion kitchen and it's decorated like a Vietnamese street restaurant.

Schwedter Str. 12, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Pleasant atmosphere, fresh recipes including sushi and sashimi, and veg-friendly options. 
Skalitzer Str. 38, 10999 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Nice atmosphere, good service, and tasty meals, with vegan-friendly options. Extremely popular restaurant in Kreuzberg that offers original South-Vietnamese food.
Alte Schönhauser Str. 46, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Fancy restaurant located in a very touristy area, with Saigon coffee and traditional recipes.

[Very much into people watching?
You don't need to be as geeky as James Stewart 
in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window (USA 1954)]

Mr. Long NEW
Kollwitzstraße 89, 10435 Berlin
Also known as 'Mr. Long & Friends', the restaurant is located in Prenzlauer Berg, in the famous Kollwitzkiez, and it is a good address not only for enjoying a quality meal, but also for doing a little bit of people watching.
Quy Nguyen Vegan Living NEW
Oranienburger Str. 7, 10178 Berlin
Vietnamese restaurant located in Mitte, near Hackescher Markt, that offers a fully vegan menu. No official website yet.
Rôu Vegetarian
Schwedter Str. 25, 10119 Berlin
The restaurant offers vegetarian Vietnamese food, with some vegan options.
Ryong - Fire & Herbs
Torstraße 59, 10119 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Very nice vegetarian restaurant that offers Vietnamese food prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients only. Plenty of yummy vegan options.
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin
* Personally tried out. Elegant and very central location for this vegan restaurant, with good service and a varied menu.

Tags: Berlin, restaurants, Vietnamese food, Vegan food, Yin-yang balance 

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