Berlin for Carnivores

Traditional and unconventional at the same time, Currywurst (curried sausage) is the culinary motif of Berlin. As an introduction to this treasured national dish, visit the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, sited 100m from Checkpoint Charlie. The museum is a playful and interactive experience dedicated to the sausage, its friends, fans and stories it inspires. This is […]

Traditional and unconventional at the same time, Currywurst (curried sausage) is the culinary motif of Berlin. As an introduction to this treasured national dish, visit the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, sited 100m from Checkpoint Charlie. The museum is a playful and interactive experience dedicated to the sausage, its friends, fans and stories it inspires. This is a unique exhibition designed to set the stage for the most popular sausage in all of Germany.

For a taste of the best Currywurst in the capital, it is advisable to visit none other than Curry 36. Found in Mehringdamm, it is less than a 2 minute stroll from the U-Bahn station and visible thanks to the abundance of punters milling around the counters. At peak time, you will have to wait around 12 minutes, but once you’ve placed your order you’ll receive your dish in less than 45 seconds. The most popular combination is a Currywurst with chips and mayo, setting you back mere €3. Presented on a paper plate with a plastic fork, this economical delivery doesn’t take anything away from the culinary masterpiece. Using an original Curry 36 recipe, the sauce is spicy with quite a tang to it. You are welcome to order your sausage with or without skin depending on personal preferences. Cut up into bite size pieces, with a side of light and crispy pommes frites, this dish is perfectly delectable and second to none.

For those who wish to sink their teeth into something more substantial, visit The Bird. The menu offers a selection of burgers and steaks, with a few chicken wings thrown in there amongst some (dare we say it) salads.
The house burger is Da Birdhouse and is described as having “enough grease to kill a donkey”. Don’t let this put you off, as the burger can only be described as out of this world. Consisting of 2 patties with melted American cheese, crispy bacon, fried onions, ketchup, mustard and pickle, accompanied by homemade fries and all for €11.50, you’ll never look back. If you’re looking to take your prospective burger to the next level, The Drunk Ghetto – a burger with fried onions and a shot of vodka – has your name all over it.

Steaks range from €9 for a Plank steak to €12.50 for an NY strip. With the option to “pimp your steak” with melted stilton cheese for an extra €2, it’s hard to say no. With a tongue in cheek menu available both in German and English, The Bird offers advice to red-meatrookies alongside their lists of options. Due to its popularity, it’s best to book a table in advance.
Pick up some meaty souvenirs for the journey home at the speciality meats section of the KaDeWe. With hams and sausages amongst a variety of other meats imported from France, Austria and Italy available here, there is so much to choose from. Highlights include Ochenszunge, (Ox-tongue) knoblauchwurst (garlic sausage) and cured Landjager sausages, costing €2.98 and great for snacking on. Rebecca Clark, Team Curso/CityTravelReview Berlin
photos: Rebecca Clark and Sarah Dutkiewicz

Curso/CTR Travel Writing in Barcelona, Berlin, Edinburgh, Lyon, Madrid

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