Berlin’s signature dish is Currywurst, a sausage covered in tomato sauce and curry powder. From that nugget of information you might assume that the cuisine on offer in Berlin is a) not terribly sophisticated, and b) meat-heavy.
These two conditions become less true each year, and the capital of Germany now offers a healthy choice of distinguished eateries for vegetarians, vegans or those who simply want to take a break from animal-derived food. Here are five options:
Cookies Cream one of a new wave of vegetarian restaurants which recognizes that you don’t have to do away with style when you do away with meat. Connected to Cookies nightclub, the restaurant is hidden away in a converted cinema off an unpromising alleyway, while the food is fresh and inventive with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients.
In a quiet corner of central Berlin, Chipps is fitted out in sleek matt grays and offers fare dominated by modern, meatless takes on Central European classics. In a neat twist of the usual ratio, the few meat offerings are confined to the side dishes.