I sometimes have quite a mix of emotions in my brainbox when it comes to finding new gluten free places. I’ll be walking around the streets, as I’m oft to do, looking at all the menus in the cafes and restaurants. Just waiting and wishing to see a glimpse of the magic word, “Glutenfrei”. Although, this is mostly a fruitless exercise, even with things improving in Berlin. I simply already know most of the gluten free places in the city. But occasionally, very rarely, I’ll find one. This is just how I stumbled upon Feinkost Fraktion one day, pure blind luck.
This now leads me to the aforementioned emotional maelstrom. I am extremely happy on one side, “Wow, a new place!!”, but on the other side I’m annoyed that I haven’t found the place earlier. Especially when that place is amazing and within walking distance of my apartment, plus it has probably been there for months without my knowledge. This is something I am hoping to fix with Allergy Explorer soon, but we’re not quite there yet. So, I’m left with extreme happiness tinged with lots of annoyance and frustration.
But, enough waffling about the inside of my head. You’re here to read about what food you can stuff into your face. Well, take a look at this. It’s what first grabbed my attention.
Much of Gluten Free!
Inside, things get better, just take a look at these menus.
Lots of glutenfrei’s all over the place! Plus, pretty normal prices! A definite surprise in the world of vegan and gluten free food. I have visited a few times now and I’m sad to say that they don’t always have everything in (I’ve yet to sample their quiche), but to be fair, they’re probably not getting a huge amount of gluten free traffic yet (fix this by going there now and telling them how much you love them and their gluten free food) (well, after reading the rest of the review of course).
Inside it’s kind of a combination shop/cafe with only ten seats at the time of writing this (plus a few outside if it’s warm enough).
The shop (and the cafe to be fair) is mostly focussed on Vegan food, so don’t expect to find a huge amount of gluten free products to buy.
But, do expect to buy a lot of food. Just look at it.
Yum! Now, you’re obliviously thinking ‘oh my, that looks rather good’, well, it’s even better than you’re currently thinking it is.
And look at that burger. It looks like a ‘normal’ burger! Plus, their Maniok fries are absolutely amazing! (screw regular potatoes and their inherent boringness)
Actual pancakes! Yum.
Plus, cake, of course. Happiness.
The only downside is that they are still learning the art of gluten free. For example, I’ll often be served a non-gluten free biscotti type thing with my tea, even though everything I ordered was gluten free (to be fair, this does happen a lot here in Berlin). I’ve asked about their kitchen safety and I have been assured that they do their best to avoid cross contamination, although it was one of those conversations that you get in Germany, where you get the impression that the person you’re speaking to doesn’t really understand the seriousness of what you’re asking. So, if you’re a celiac or have a very sensitive intolerance, I’d recommend having a conversation with them first and stressing the importance of avoiding cross contamination. Although, I should point out that I have never had any reaction there, not even a slight one, and I’m definitely on the more sensitive side.
I’d expect this to improve with time, the staff/owners are very friendly and nice and I believe they genuinely want to provide good gluten free food that is safe for us all to eat.
In conclusion. This is perhaps my favourite gluten free place in Berlin at the moment (pushing Suzette to a close second place, but only due to their lovely cheese and my lactose intolerance). Their food is fresh, very good and reasonably priced and you have a large selection of varied dishes you can order. There are not many places you can say that about in Berlin. GO and visit NOW!