In­dochina Meets Berlin

Where Berlin - - DINING -

Cuisines don’t know bor­ders. Luck­ily for us – be­cause the in­ter­min­gling and fu­sion of var­i­ous tastes, in­gre­di­ents, and cook­ing styles can yield some truly de­li­cious re­sults. At Umami In­dochi­nese Deli in Pren­zlauer Berg, the menu deftly mar­ries culi­nary in­flu­ences from across South­east Asia and beyond, matched with a charm­ing retro in­te­rior styled after 1950s In­dochina, when the French colo­nial em­pire was leav­ing its in­flu­ence on the re­gion. Dishes at Umami are fresh, fast, and cre­ative, lean­ing heav­ily to­wards Viet­namese cui­sine while reap­ing in­flu­ences from its ge­o­graphic neigh­bors as well. Think grilled scal­lops, crispy sweet potato pan­cakes, golden rolls stuffed with all sorts of tasty tid­bits, and var­i­ous pho- style rice noo­dle soups. The kitchen ex­per­i­ments with tasty, in­ven­tive wok cre­ations like kim­chi cala­mari on a bed of rice, or heftier dishes like Mekong’s Surf & Turf, jumbo shrimp with grilled ten­der­loin gar­nished with cilantro pesto. Veg­e­tar­i­ans will find a wide range of op­tions, from leafy greens to tofu to sei­tan. Save room for the equally fu­sion- in­flu­enced desserts, like jas­mine tart or green tea green ap­ple pie. Knaack­str. 16–18. T: 030 28860626. www. umami- restau­rant. de

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