I do not make it down to Neukölln often enough these days, partially due to my laziness but also due to the fact that there are so many good gluten free places around Berlin. There are just so many options that do not require 40 minutes of traveling. That being said, the enticement of something new, and the nearby excellent Tempelhof former airport/Park, was enough to drag myself down to Erste Sahne OTIVM (I’m not sure why they write the last part in caps, but I feel like I should write it so too).
The first thing to greet you when walking in is a rather nice splattering of menus on the wall. Just look at all that eis! All the milk free and egg free options are listed and all was gluten free on my visit (although, I’d definitely recommend double checking with the staff when you visit). It’s all homemade so you can feel a little safer in the fact that they know what they’re talking about.
But, I didn’t come here for Ice Cream (well, at least not initially, more on that later). I came here to stuff my face with delicious Italian treats. First things though, just how many options did I have? What kind of treats could I devour?
I do love blue berries!
But, cherries are where my heart are so I popped for one of these.
Look at it, just sitting there waiting to be consumed. It was very good indeed. Especially as I’m kind of sick of super sweet gluten free cakes and cookies (I guess there is a downside to having lots of gluten free cafes in Berlin). It was just the right level of sweetness, as in, more of a 60% dark chocolate than a milk chocolate.
But, they do also have a rather delicious looking display of cakes. I haven’t tried any myself yet (and I’m not exactly sure how many of these options were Gluten Free, possibly 1 or 2) but I have complete faith that they will be equally delicious.
The place itself is a little on the smaller side and there are not many seats, but it is rather lovely.
Plus, they usually have a wall of little treats and goodies to buy!
You may now be thinking “oh yes, that looks magical, I can’t wait to be there. But wait, you promised me Ice Cream!!”, so yes, they also have Ice Cream. But not just your usual milk laden or soy based ice cream. They have olive oil ice cream. Now, you may first think that olive oil and ice cream do not work together, but you should just flick yourself in the face for such a thought. It’s possibly the best ice cream I have had in Berlin (well, the chocolate one I had was) and you should most definitely get down there and give it a try.
In conclusion, should you visit? YES. Should you visit multiple times so that you can sample the cakes, cookies, ice cream and all the other gluten free treats? YES, RIGHT NOW! It’s the first time in a while where I’ve visited a gluten free cafe and found something new, interesting and delicious. Plus, if it’s moderately nice weather, go and visit the tempelhof park, it’s just around the corner.