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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.

Hearty

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.

Sweets

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.

Love,

Carol

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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The Anatomy of Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap Döner

This piece first appeared on The-Binge.com and is published with permission.

For quite a while now, Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap has been a cult favourite in Berlin. Almost every traveller or foodie who stops by this city adds it to their list of must-tries.

This, despite the 20 minute line. And that’s a positive estimate, by the way. We tried the popular döner ourselves to see what the fuss is all about, and to tell you whether it’s worth lining up for.

Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap - Döner - The Binge - Review - Berlin - Germany

The famous döner stand is right by the U-bahn station, Mehringdamm‘s exit. As soon as you emerge from the underground, you’ll be greeted by the smell of spiced meat, followed by a line of waiting customers.

It’s not the only thing this stall is selling, but people are lining up for the Hähnchen Döner mit Gemüse (Chicken Döner with Vegetables). When you finally arrive at the counter, take a moment to congratulate yourself for having the patience to wait. Then, marvel at the colourful salad selection and the sauces as your mouth waters, and one of the guys asks you what you want.

Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap - Döner - The Binge - Review - Berlin - Germany

Kräuter (herb), Knoblauch (garlic), and Scharf (a little spicy) are the choice for sauces. We suggest you ask for all three and let them go wild piling your crispy on-the-outside, soft-and-warm-on the-inside pita bread with all the veggies they have.

The usual salad mix with tomatoes and onions gets an added oomph. This, through a couple of grilled potato wedges, and some other veggies like paprika and carrots.

Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap - Döner - The Binge - Review - Berlin - Germany

Mustafa’s prides itself on a mystery sauce that some say is the secret to their döner’s success. However, there are also a couple of extra things that, when added to this sauce, make it a little more special than the average Berlin döner. A bit of lemon juice is freshly squeezed onto the döner right in front of you. You also get a sprinkle of crumbly, feta cheese.

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What to Eat and Drink at Kulturbrauerei’s Street Food Sundays

This piece first appeared on The-Binge.com and is published with permission.

Warm Sundays in Berlin are mostly spent outside, soaking up the sun and taking advantage of the rarity that is warm weather. However, we recently discovered that there’s a way to get some of that much needed Vitamin D while binge-ing on some amazing street food. All you have to do is hop on a train or bike to Kulturbrauerei on a Sunday. There, you’ll find some of the city’s best food trucks all parked in one spot.

Built in the 1800’s, this complex used to be the Schultheiss Brewery. These days, it’s a place fit for East Berlin’s cool crowd. With hip offices, a cinema, and being the ever Instagrammable event space, Kulturbrauerei has become a must-visit destination in Prenzlauer Berg.

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