It’s our first day in Berlin and I bet you’re wondering why our first meal of the day is dinner? Well you can read all about our little complications, the journey and our new city card in our travel post.
Once we were settled into our AirBnb home, we freshened up and headed straight out for some dinner. With a whole new city transport to get used to, we jumped on the bus and headed for Charlottenburg, where we found NU restaurant (thank God for roaming data and google maps).
As we arrived quite early evening, the restaurant was fairly quiet when we walked in. However, as the night progressed it became completely full, and that’s always a good sign on a Tuesday night! We had two greatly refreshing cocktails to begin with, one with apple, ginger, gin and cucumber, and another almost the same, but also with lychee.
The service from all of our waiters and waitresses was so quick and efficient, and it wasn’t long before our selection of starters came out. We had suckling pig with green beans and lime, which was given an incredible kick by the red chilli. On a very different but just as delicious note, the tuna sashimi calmed our taste buds a little from all the spice of the suckling pig, and went superbly with the radish served on the middle of the plate. Finally, the duck was so tender, wrapped in a pancake, it was transformed in taste by the hoisin sauce.
Each of the starters were so different, and it got us pretty excited to see what would be arriving for our main course. It turns out, there was quite a lot and I don’t even know where to begin with it.
On one plate was half a kilo of tiger prawns, which we both agreed was our favourite part of the meal. Normally prawns can be very fiddly, and for me that can take away some of the enjoyment of when you finally get to eat it. But these were simple, tear away the tail and you were left with a big juicy prawn, with a bit of spice thrown in there too.
Both the prawns and steak we had were complimented so well by the vegetables, and plain and fried rice we had in separate bowls. The curry noodles were also delicious and something a little different, again there was another kick of flavour where you least expect it!
A selection of sauces/dips were perhaps another highlight of the main courses, as they seemed to go with everything that was on our table. Our favourite, the mango papaya, was so fruity but also spicy, and again, not something you come across everyday!
After hardly eating all day we were now so full, but to our surprise a pretty large selection of desserts landed on our table. A fresh pineapple, banana profiteroles, caramelised nuts and chocolate brownie with banana cream were all drizzled in chocolate sauce.
From the contrast to the warm profiteroles against the cold ice cream, to the refreshing feel and taste of the fresh pineapple and the classic chocolate brownie with a twist of banana cream, each item was completely different but somehow went together perfectly. As you can imagine, it left us feeling so full but so happy!
To end our meal, we had opted for another cocktail and to be honest, we couldn’t even tell you exactly what were in these as we didn’t exactly ask – there was a strong spicy taste from the full chilli inside it, as well as the ginger pieces at the bottom of the glass. I think it’s safe to say these were very different to any of the classic cocktails we’ve tasted, but nevertheless a great ending to a perfect meal.
If you ever find yourself in Berlin and are looking for some really good Asian food, this is the place for you – PS. If you’re wondering why the lighting in every photo is different, it’s because we were sat next to a wall that changed colour every few seconds. Cool right?
Address – Schlüterstraße 55
Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored, however, this meal was complimentary as we were invited by Jessica’s auntie in Berlin. But as always, all pictures and views are our own.
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