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Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)
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Berlin Brunch: Restaurant ROCA (Waldorf Astoria)

Adding to my Berlin Brunch Series is a place my friends and I enjoyed over the weekend – Restaurant ROCA. Located inside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin, one might be intimidated to give this place a try but I hope this post will convince you otherwise.

I was really looking forward to the first Sunday of 2018. Some friends and I were meeting up to celebrate the new year as well as our friend Emi’s birthday. It called for a special venue and our friend Yuka recommended Restaurant ROCA, due to her favourite dish that I’ve been wanting to try as well.

With a bright, airy interior, the restaurant makes a great setting for brunch. The weekend all-day breakfast is aptly dubbed ‘Champagne and Eggs’. Touches of bright gold and friendlier shades of orange are sprinkled through the restaurant. They provide such a nice contrast to the marble and neutrals that dominate the space.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Champagne all-day

The weekend, all-day breakfast offer at Restaurant ROCA comes in a menu with ample choices. Nothing too extensive that can overwhelm you but with enough choices for everyone in your group.

The best part? They have sets that come with champagne! And what’s brunch without a drink or two?

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Go for the champagne deals as they come with your choice of savoury dish, one dessert (also of your choice from the menu), a glass of champagne, and a choice between coffee or tea at the end of your meal. Ordering each of the dishes and drinks à la carte would actually cost you more so the sets are worth it.

That day, almost all of us went for the set that came with one glass of champagne. New Year’s Eve was still pretty fresh so I don’t think unlimited champagne was in the cards for any of us.


My friend Yuka who’d been here before recommended the lobster. I absolutely love crustaceans so I obviously went for it too.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

I just love the perfectly-toasted bread it came with. The eggs were done nicely with a lighter hollandaise spread on top. A generous helping of lobster meat (there’s another one blocked by the eggs from view) and some kaiser peppers completed the plate. I was in brunch heaven.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Our friend Eiko ordered the oyster plate which she also enjoyed.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Photo time! Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. 🙂 I blurred our little friend’s face because the internet can get pretty weird.


Brunch at Restaurant ROCA meant I wouldn’t have any other meal throughout the day. The sweet plates were roughly the same size as the hearty offerings and were equally filling.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

ROCA French Toast – fluffy and drizzled with fruity syrup.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Granola Müsli – which came with a huge cup of yoghurt.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Blueberry Pancakes – which I went for. They might look small here but three pieces of these thick and fluffy pancakes were enough to keep me full till the next day. For dinner that night, I only had one piece of bread and I couldn’t have any more. I was that full still.

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

We ended the meal with tea for some tea and I went for Sencha. Each pot can give you a little over two cups which made me really happy. I can be such a tea monster.

Not just for brunch

Berlin Brunch Series: Roca (Waldorf Astoria)

Restaurant ROCA also offers take-away and great lunch deals. I think it’s perfect for the diplomats and businessmen who have their offices in City West.

One salad, a sandwich, and a drink would set you back EUR9,80 (USD11.70). Some restaurants in Berlin that don’t come near to the quality of food Restaurant ROCA offers will charge you even more.

I also love that a lot of the salads come with a Mediterranean twist. While I’m a full-on carnivore, I did start incorporating more veggies into my food whenever there’s some available. And these salads are really piquing my interest. Quinoa and avocado? Yes, please. I would love to try it.

The sandwiches are also pretty big so I don’t have any doubts that lunch here would help you get throug the rest of the meetings you have for the day.

Oh, and let’s not forget the other desserts on offer.

I can attest that the Waldorf Astoria’s Red Velvet Cupcake is to die for. It packs a lot of flavour without being too cloying and somehow, the cream cheese frosting tastes light.

Restaurant ROCA

Ground Floor, Waldorf Astoria
Hardenbergstrasse 28, 10623 Berlin

Nearest U/S Bahn Station: Zoologischer Garten

Monday – Sunday 07.30 – 22.00
Book a table online by clicking here.
Phone: +49 (0) 30-814000-2460
Website: Click here.

Accepts credit and debit card payments.

Service rating: 10/10. Staff were prompt. Really friendly too! They spoke English to non-German speakers. And, they go the extra mile for your requests.

More later.



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Berlin’s Buddy Bears: Beyond the Cute Factor

One of the first things we noticed upon arriving in Berlin was the abundance of bear statues throughout the city. The city does have a bear on its flag but these adorable depictions of the animal seem to be something else – less ferocious and quite adorable. Almost every establishment has one of these two-metre tall bears standing on its hind legs. I was later told that they were called Buddy Bears.

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Budget Friendly: Furnishing & Decorating Your Home in Kuala Lumpur
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Budget Friendly: Furnishing & Decorating Your Home in Kuala Lumpur

Our previous posting in Kuala Lumpur meant that my husband and I would finally get to have our own home. A place where we could call the shots when it came to the furniture and the whole look and feel of the place.

Thankfully, we were on the same page when it came to what we wanted – something classic and cosy. It’s the same view I have with clothes: It should still look good years from now when I look at photos and I should love wearing them. In the case of our home, we must enjoy staying in it. After all, this is where we will be recharging after a long day.

It also must look presentable enough – fit to host my husband’s counterparts, diplomats from other countries. Spoiler alert: the pressure during the furniture and decor hunting paid off. In the span of our 2 years and 10 months stay in Kuala Lumpur, we’ve had over an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, an Ambassador, an Undersecretary, an Assistant Secretary, a couple of directors, and even members of the media. My hosting skills were really put through a major test. It was exhausting but made for really good memories.

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Berlin Brunches: Brunchette (Dînette), Friedrichshain
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Berlin Brunch: Brunchette (Dînette), Friedrichshain

One of the best things about Berlin is brunch. I love how it’s such a huge thing in this city – especially on weekends. It’s my favourite meal, after all. Breakfast food without having to wake up early plus mimosas? Why, count me in!

So, it’s only fitting that I do a series paying homage to my favourite Berlin weekend tradition. Our first stop? Brunchette by Dînette.

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Visiting the Jewish Museum Berlin
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Visiting the Jewish Museum Berlin

If there’s any award for having the most backlog, I’m pretty sure I’ll win it. So, here I am today trying to lessen my load. One article at a time. Today, I’ll be sharing about my visit to the Jewish Museum Berlin. My husband Alvin and I have been saving the museums for winter. We wanted to savour the sun all throughout summer (and what’s left of it in autumn) by exploring the city. However, when my friend Armi visited in August and said she wanted to see this museum in particular, I knew I had to go with her.

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The First Reel: The Philippine Film Festival in Berlin 2017 Lineup

Hey Berliners. How are you planning to spend this coming weekend? How about the next one? Well, here’s something fun, different, and so educational, it will widen your perspective. The Philippine Film Festival is happening this month! It’s starting tonight, actually.

It runs from the 3rd till the 5th and on the 8th till the 12th of November. That’s two weekends plus a hump day. Why not spend it with our community and get to know more about our vibrant  film industry?

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Almost Diplomatic - Schloss Bellevue - Bellvue Palace - Berlin - Diplomat's Wife - Blog - Germany - 607
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Visiting the Schloss Bellevue with Wilkommen in Berlin

I recently wrote about the first event I attended organised by Wilkommen in Berlin (WIB). After that, I was able to attend a couple more before the diplomatic spouse club went on a break for the summer. The break is over and I’m still not done writing about the events before it. No surprise there. As per usual, my plate has become pretty full. One of the said events was a tour of the Schloss Bellevue – the seat of the German president.

When I told my husband about us getting to visit this particular schloss, he pounced on it as another awesome thing about being the diplo-spouse rather than the diplomat. “You get to do the fun stuff while I deal with the stressful bits,” he laughed. Come to think  of it, I get to go on a tour of the palace before he does. Also when he goes, it’s going to be work. But I do the cooking and the laundry at home so I guess we’re even. 😛

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