Where is the best Kebab in Berlin?
12.05.2012 - 08.09.2012 24 °C
Berlin: the city of many wonderful and unforgettable adventures.
Berlin derives its uniqueness in diversity; something which has eluded many other well-established major European cities. As much as I would love to talk about Berlin and all its joys, the point of this blog is food. The food I'm going to discuss in this post is probably one of my favourite things to eat IN THE WORLD!
Some background information is needed to understand the full picture. For those of us who do not know, Berlin has a very large Turkish population. The German government encouraged the immigration of Turkish people after the WWII because Berlin had lost many inhabitants during the war. I'm not entirely sure why Turkey was targeted, but thank the food gods it was! As stated in my previous posts, I obviously have a soft spot for Turkish food. It tickles my tongue in a way that no other food can. The reason I brought up Berlin's Turkish population is because I want you to understand the gravity when I say that there are many eating establishments in the city that claim to have the best doner kebab. I LOVE doner kebabs. And after being in Berlin, no kebabs from my home town taste nearly as good. Actually no kebabs anywhere else in the world (minus Turkey, duh!) have ever lived up to this high standard.
Most of the best kebab shops are in a neighbourhood called Kreuzberg, a.k.a. the Turkish Quarter. The popular ones that people (or the internet) will tell you about go by the names of:
- Mustafa's Gemüsekebab
- Rosenthaler Grill & Schlemmerbuffet
- All in one Doner
- Tadim Döner
So if you do go to Berlin, you can give these all a try and compare them to MY favourite doner kebab shop.
This shop (I only just learned from Googling it) goes by the name of "Florya Imbis". It's run by a friendly Turkish man (unknown name) who's English is a struggle. By the end of my stay in Berlin we were very good at gesturing to each other and made decent conversation, I'd say. This guy was the only man I ever saw working here, and I passed the little stand everyday on my way to work.
His stand is very non-descript and sits right beside a Kaiser's grocery store. The address of the Kaiser's is Annenstraße 2 10179 Berlin, and is closest to the Heinrich-Heine Straße U-bahn station.
Meal: Lunch, Supper, Snack-time, or anytime!
Döner Kebab im Brot
- veggies - white onions, parsley, pickled red cabbage, lettuce, tomato, pickles shredded cheese
- sauces - hot (scharf), garlic, tahini, yogurt
- doner meat - beef
One of the biggest components that makes this kebab great is the type of bread (brot, in german) that holds all the fillings. It's NOT a wrap, which is the most popular, and only option available in any of Canadian and Australian Doner shops I've been to. The bread tastes like its made by little old Turkish women in some bakery (probably because it is). It's essentially a non-heavy, soft bun that is in the shape of a quarter circle. You can't leave your kebab for too long, otherwise the sauces make the bread soggy.
The fillings themselves aren't too unique for Berlin. I'll warn you, once you have pickled red cabbage in your kebab, you won't want anything else.
The secret to Florya Imbis's Döner im Brot is its sauces. They are rich with taste, complimenting each other, the meat and the veggies! The other thing that made this kebab special is that the guy grills the döner meat after shaving off the spit, giving the meat a little crispiness to it (I understand that may sound like a strange description, but I ensure you it was delicious).
SO in my opinion (as little as its worth), this is the best 'Döner Kebab im Brot' in Berlin. For food explorers, this fits that unknown, random, "hole-in-the-wall" food joint that is worth hunting down.