The one thing I was looking forward to the most when I moved to Berlin was eating my way through the city’s veggie and vegan restaurants…naturally. I was super surprised to find out that there were meat-free food places at literally every corner of the city. And even the meaty places serve most of their dishes with tofu instead of meat. A vegetarian’s dream…
Anywho, last Sunday Paul, his cutsie dog Luise and I decided to meet up for a late brunch at vegan restaurant Kopps in Berlin Mitte. While us humans were greeted with a friendly smile and a 25% discount (we only arrived at around 3pm, while the brunch finishes at 4pm), Luise was immediately presented with a big bowl of water. After being rejected by a place that doesn’t tolerate dogs this was exactly what we needed.
Although known for combining typical German cuisine with vegan cooking, one cannot deny the international influences in Kopps’ brunch menu. Bowls filled with Bulgur, fried noodles (yum yum) and Kaiserschmarrn (which was to die for btw) stood vis-à-vis egg salad, game gulash (I couldn’t quite bring myself to try this) and red berry compote – all vegan of course.
While ingredients are fresh, organic and sourced locally, the service was equally brilliant. As pancakes had become a super rare commodity towards the end of the brunch, and I quickly outed myself as a pancake lover, who was super eager to try vegan pancakes for the first time, our waitress was kind enough to secure a little plate of mini pancakes for me before the other eager patrons would devour them all. Now if that isn’t good service…a waitress that acknowledges one’s right to pancakes!
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend Kopps for dinner or lunch, as the à la carte prices are rather high, but at around 13€ per person (or 10,50€ if you’re late) one cannot fault their weekend brunch. The food is amazing, the variety sufficient, and the service excellent.
(First picture via Berlin-Vegan)