Au­then­tic Korean In Mitte

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As Ber­lin’s love af­fair with Korean cui­sine con­tin­ues un­abated, an­other restau­rant has en­tered the scene to ap­peal to the ap­petites of lo­cal kim­chi, and bibim­bap fans. Gogogi has not only a prime lo­ca­tion and cool dé­cor go­ing for it, but also a ded­i­ca­tion to qual­ity that’s ev­i­dent in ev­ery bite. The re­cently opened restau­rant just off Rosen­thaler Platz in Mitte is the cre­ation of three young artists from Seoul, which ex­plains the artsy in­te­rior of pol­ished con­crete and re­pur­posed dark wood. Un­like many Asian res­tau­rants in Ber­lin, the menu doesn’t dab­ble in fu­sion-style ex­per­i­ments but fo­cuses in­stead on mak­ing tra­di­tional dishes and mak­ing them well. That means home­made hot pep­per paste, soy sauce, and kim­chi, plus a ded­i­ca­tion to us­ing only or­ganic, free-range pork and beef from a farm in the south of Ger­many. The chang­ing lunch menu fea­tures a va­ri­ety of home-style set meals and clas­sic bibim­bap, rice with beef and veg­eta­bles siz­zling in a heated stone bowl, while din­ner­time is your chance to try out the table­top bar­be­cue. Should the pep­per marinade get a bit too spicy, quench the heat with one of the fruity and re­fresh­ing cock­tails made with a Korean rice liquor.

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