Crackers Culinary playground

Legendary nightclubs are slowly morphing into trendy restaurants. Or so it seems in Berlin. Following hot on the heels of Weekend’s relaunch, Cookies has now reopened as Crackers—an ultra slick restaurant that is set to be the toast of the town during fashion weeks, art weeks, hell, any old week.

After 20 years of calling the shots in numerous iterations of his eponymous bars and clubs, Heinz Gindullis (more often known as “Cookie”) finally took down the disco ball in the summer of 2014. In its place today hang two giant golden-hued chandeliers, and on the former dance floor is a raised open-plan platform for dining. Designed by architects Laura Rave and Jörg Schumann, it’s a straight-up lesson in urban cool—undeniably chic yet still casual—with the potential to spill over into a little party thanks to the four-times-per-week DJ sets and mingle-worthy bar space. But before that, the food…

Acclaimed vegetarian chef Stephan Hentschel (of Cookies Cream fame) is marshalling things in the kitchen, which guests must walk through on arrival, but concessions have been made this time around to the carnivores out there. And thanks be to God, because the zander ceviche with pomegranate and sweet potato chips is a deliciously fresh starter, that is well followed by a succulent slab of pork and aromatic herbs. Veggies, or sweet tooths, will not leave unsatisfied either. Combining the two, actually, is the avocado and chocolate truffle dessert—which is many different types of lush. Berliners, you have a new late-night culinary playground.

KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art Kunst vom Fass

When big-time brewers Berliner Kindl moved out of this red-brick behemoth in Neukölln, you just knew it wouldn’t take long for the building to be reclaimed and repurposed Berlin-style. Now set to be a multi-cultural, multi-purpose home to a diverse array of contemporary art, the Brauerei is enlivened once more. Kicking things off with a bang, the first space to be reopened is the 20-metre high Boiler House, showcasing a full-size airplane suspended in a perpetual nosedive—a site-specific installation from Roman Signer. The monstrous metal beer stills that punctuate the main hall and the three-storey Power House are behind closed doors for now but watch this space… KINDL has some big things a-brewing.

Cevicheria Peruvian tongue twisters featured

Dresdener Straße is both the cool older brother of Oranienstraße and the prosperous uncle to Kottbusser Tor. With a wine bar, a whisky club and a cocktail speakeasy, Dresdener does serious drinking and it does it with aplomb. Until 2014, however, the serious foodies were left out in the cold. Neighbouring eateries Gorgonzola Club and Mercosy aren’t half bad, but they aren’t great either—Cevicheria, on the other hand, is all that and then some.

The Peruvian delicacy ceviche, as you might have guessed, is most definitely their thing. (That’s fish cured in citrus juice and spiced with chillies, by the way). It’s all as fresh as anything and goes down with a zing to end all zings. Whatever you do, don’t skip the starters: the fish carpaccio with mango salsa and prawns is the stuff dreams are made of. The mixed ceviche main is a solid introduction to the taste bud-stretching possibilities of this cuisine, and why not finish the job off with with a frothy pisco sour or two? Oh Dresdener Straße, you’re too good to us.

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