Before I moved to the great city of Berlin, I had absolutely no idea what a Paleo diet was. In my rather small and parochial hometown we were rather unlikely to ever hear about the concept of a Paleo restaurant, never-mind getting one. Then back in 2010, Sauvage happened. Out of the blue I found a diet that just happened to completely align with my various aliments and allergies. Perfection! Since then we’ve had a second Sauvage with their delicious breakfasts. And up until recently the pair were the only 100% completely gluten free restaurants in the city. Thankfully though, Paleo is a rather popular diet, and we did not have to wait too long until the second opened up, Eat Performance.
Now, before we start on the review proper. I have to warn you the place is a little hard to find. To start, this is the view of the main entrance from the road.
Not your average entrance to a cafe/restaurant. I walked right past on the first attempt and it took me a while before I even noticed the sign on the right of the picture. But, get a little closer and you’ll see this.
Well, at least I know I’m walking in the right direction (although, I have been back and the banner thing wasn’t there). Inside the (rather lovely) courtyard, you find the actual bistro!
Not the easiest to find. But certainly not the hardest.
Before I went, I had no idea what to expect from them. Was this to be fine dining a’la Sauvage? Well, probably not with the bistro title. But, you never know! Inside, it’s rather nice, if a little sparse, and there’s plenty of room.
The menu gives you a pretty good run down of what they offer. ALL GLUTEN FREE!!
EGGS! BURGERS! SANDWICHES! Oh my.
Plus, there are plenty of little treats to buy.
I ordered myself just a sandwich (well, it’s not like I get to do that often) and my friend ordered the baked eggs. Now, it’s at this point I had my first disappointment, the sandwich was not something made to order, not something which came with a side salad or such. But, it was one of the pre-made sandwiches from the fridge, albeit heated.
It was a surprise. But I think more due to my expectations. My feeling is that there’s a part of the menu that is aimed more at the working quick lunch crowd and the rest (burgers and such) is more aimed towards sitting in. This isn’t a problem really though. Infact it’s great, if I worked nearby it would be a miracle. It’s what you’d get from a regular lunch bistro, like a normal gluten person.
But, the sandwich was roast beef, and how on earth could I turn that down.
Yum! It’s not the best sandwich I’ve ever had (it’s no Friedman’s Lunch in New York), but the bread was rather good. I’d probably say it’s my favourite bread I’ve had in Berlin (including Jüte, the gluten free bakery), but then, I am a fan of chestnut bread anyway.
The baked egg dish looked a little better than my sandwich, and from my friends reactions, tasted rather good too.
Their smoothies are great and I had myself a beetroot filled one. (I can’t stop stuffing my face with beetroot, I may have a problem).
I have visited once since then and tried one of their burgers. Look at it.
Easily, very easily, the best gluten free burger I have had in Berlin. I would highly recommend you go and try one.
The only other downside is that their service is rather slow. It was pretty empty on both of my visits and the food took quite some time to arrive. If it was busy, I would be concerned. Hopefully this is just growing pains and they will improve soon.
In conclusion. Yes, go and eat there, even if just for the burger or the delights of buying a quick takeout sandwich/salad like a normal person.
Ps. they do have a second location in Schöneberg which I’ve yet to visit. I’d expect it to be just as good though.