Thinking of dining out at Berlin’s hippest vegetarian restaurant? Be prepared for an evening full of adventures – and not only those of the culinary kind. The first challenge for any visitor, who isn’t in the know, will be locating the door. How hard can it be to find the entrance to a restaurant right? Riiiiiight!
Hidden away in a dimly lit delivery yard that feels more like the kind of place junkies would come to shoot up at night, behind rows of dumpsters and wooden crates, only the bravest of foodies will find the door to culinary bliss. And don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for the most humongous haunted house chandelier you have ever seen. It’s so out of place, it totally fits in.
But don’t even think for a second that you can just walk right into Cookies Cream once you reach the plain wooden door. Now that would be way too easy, wouldn’t it? Only after ringing the bell, and waiting for somebody to open the door for you will your party be allowed to ascend the stairway to the restaurant, and gaze at the awesome interior. Exposed brick walls, low concrete ceilings and vulgar wall art stand in perfect contrast to the retro benches and crisp white table linen – typically Berlin!
The menu at Cookies Cream may not be extensive with 5 starters and mains each, and 3 desserts to choose from, but every dish is so unusual and special that the decision is hard enough as it is. Especially in summer, most of the ingredients are seasonal, coming from local farmers and farmers collectives that plant long forgotten produce, like the purple Urkarotte, specifically for Stephan Hentschel, the head chef of Cookies Cream.
So if you were dreading to be faced with yet another menu filled with pasta, rice and tofu dishes you will be pleasantly surprised. Every single dish we ordered was a little piece of art – almost too pretty to be eaten. But hunger prevailed and so we each devoured a three-course meal accompanied by a bottle of white – our waitress made sure that our glasses were sufficiently filled at all times.
I promise you that even the most ardent meat-eaters will love this place. Heady creations like Quail’s egg in brioche, and Parmesan dumplings with Perigord Truffle will make you forget that you’ve ever been a carnivore. The price point of a three-course meal may not be insignificant, but if you ever feel like treating yourself to a really good dinner – whether you’re vegetarian or not – you have to check out Cookies Cream.