Sandwiches, they are a glorious invention. Just take two pieces of bread, place tasty things that you like inbetween them, squish together, then consume. What more could you want from life? So, with my (English) love of eating sandwiches, living a gluten afflicted life in Berlin is a little depressing. Up until now, nowhere has offered a gluten free version of anything I would consider a sandwich. Then, I received a tip, there was a cafe in eastern Friedrichshain offering not just sandwiches, but desserts also! I dropped everything and ran over there as quickly as I could.
I arrived and upon first glance the menu only offered glutenfrei soup, which is good, but not the sandwich delight I’d ran for. Then, after a little investigation of a nearby cabinet, I found a little sign attached to some decidedly gluten looking sandwiches.
Gluten Free is available! Plus, not just sandwiches, but GRILLED sandwiches! I decided on a grilled hamster as I am quite delighted with it’s macabre name. A short while later, this popped onto my table.
Yum (there was no time for further thoughts at this point in my visit, I first had to consume half of the sandwich).
Look at that, layers of tasty goodness inbetween gluten free bread, I was rather happy.
I also purchased a coffee, which turned out to be equally good. The combination of good food that I can eat and good coffee does not happen as frequently as one would like.
After finishing both, I was satisfied and happily sat reveling in my good fortune. Then I remembered something else I had seen in the cabinet.
Get that, a glutenfrei sandwich AND I could have dessert. I quickly ran over to the counter to order and was presented with quite a dilemma.
They have gluten free brownies also! It was at this point that my mind popped with the overwhelming number of gluten free options that they have (granted, it’s only 4, but even this is a rarity for Berlin). After some inner turmoil I decided on an Apple Crisp and I was not disappointed (it’s made from the owners mums recipe). Unfortunately I ate it quicker than I could photograph it, so you’ll have to buy one yourself for a better view.
The place itself is quite cosy and has the air of New York about it. There are plenty of tables, although I would get there as early as possible, it tends to get quite busy on a weekend.
In conclusion, this may be my favourite gluten free place in Berlin. Go, now, eat as much as is humanly possible and then thank every member of staff excessively for offering us such a great variety of options.
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