Wonder Of Wonders
Hip, buzzing Berlin has been drawing comparisons with hip, buzzing Brooklyn for years, so it was only natural that a popular Williamsburg, Brooklyn, brunch spot should choose the German capital as the site of its second location, which opened late last year. House of Small Wonder’s outpost in the heart of Mitte is a lovely, light-flooded space filled with warm wood and lush plants that you’ll want to linger long in and is reached via a curving staircase that’s so popular on social media platform Instagram that it’s been dubbed the most photographed staircase in Berlin. The menu is an unlikely yet delicious hybrid of Japanese, American, and European cuisines – with a delicious dash of Tex- Mex. (Okinawan taco rice, anyone?) Some of the more classic options include French toast made with home-baked croissant or homemade granola with Greek yogurt, while the more culinarily adventurous might go for the Japanese pork curry or inari, delicate tofu and rice pouches paired with a bowl of miso soup. Whatever you order, the vibrant matcha green tea latte is a must-try. Johannisstr. 20. T: 030 27582877. www.houseofsmallwonder.de.
German. The name of this restaurant and the edgy, post-industrial interior remind diners that the space was once an electricity station. Chef Matthias Gleiss has edge, too – he was named Newcomer of the Year in 2011 by a jury of top Berlin chefs. Refined yet exciting German food is his calling card. €€€. Mon– Sat D. www.restaurant-volt.de. Paul-Lincke-Ufer 21. T: 030.61074033. U Kottbusser Tor. G4