Went to Seoulkitchen in Prenzlauer Berg today. The reviews on qype.de looked good, so we were eager to try it out.
Unfortunately, however, I can totally not recommend it.
Korean cuisine is some sort of trend in Berlin right now it seems, so people flock to Korean restaurants but apparently know very little about Korean food if anything at all. I guess this explains the many good reviews on the place because I found little about the food that was authentic. That they also serve sushi should have made me suspicious.
My boyfriend got galbi, marinated short ribs with salad and rice, and I got hoe-top-bab, which is usually a cool bowl of rice with salad and fermented veggies topped with Korean-style sashimi, raw strips of fresh fish.
However, my boyfriend's white rice was very bad. It was a weird mix of Thai rice and round corn rice and the mix tasted very weird. The ribs tasted alright but not a bit what they are supposed to taste like if it was original Korean marinade. The greatest disappointment, however was my bowl of hoe-top-bab. In Korea, it's served cold and with only a certain kind of white flesh fish, but at Seoulkitchen, it came out the same way like a common bibimbab, in a hot bowl and with salmon. The bowl was still sizzling, and the fish that was supposed to be raw was cooked by the time I could eat any of it. I was very disappointed, but I don't believe I would have been convinced if I had been given the choice to order the dish cold as it's supposed to be. Unfortunately, the waitress had forgotten to ask and since most people that order it want it hot she just got it for me that way.
Which brings me back to Germans not knowing anything about Korean food.
Anyway, a huge disappointment in my opinion, especially since the menu is definitely on the pricier side..
Today, we had burgers at Burgeramt in Friedrichshain. You can see a picture of them on my instagram.
From the pictures I had seen, the reviews that I read and the recommendations from friends that I had gotten I was expecting more. In conclusion I'd give it a 4 from 10 rating, and feel confirmed in the notion that burgers in Berlin are not very good.
There are still some more burger shops to try, and I have high hopes for Berlinburger International in Kreuzberg. So far, however, I think the really good burgers are to be found elsewhere but apparently not in Berlin.
Besides Currywurst, I think it's safe to say that Turkish "fast food" is the other essential part of Berlin's food scene. You will find döner kebab stands close to everywhere you go.
We like to go Ali Baba close to the Eberswalder Straße station, Danziger Straße 3. Because apart from kebab or really good shawarma, they also make delicious thin crust wood-fired pizza. The menu is really cheap, like most kebab shops, though the food is excellent quality and ingredients are fresh. We usually get away with 15 € for two persons with drinks and whatnot. Can't complain about that.