Cafe Review – Lissabonbon

glutenfrei lissabonbon cafe berlin

If there’s one thing that makes life easy for a blogger, especially one who writes reviews of cafes and restaurants, it’s when you have a gorgeous looking cafe.  With lots of little nicknacks, textures, antique furniture and good lighting.  Just pointing the camera in any random direction makes a great photo.  Easy.  Add into that amazing food and my life is almost complete.  But, just look at Lissabonbon.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon berlin

I mean, what more could you want?  The place is a fairly small cafe, just south of Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg.  Yes, it is a little bit of a walk from the nearest U-Bahn station (Görlitzer Bahnhof or Schlesisches Tor), but it’s well worth it and I’ve heard that there are these things called buses too.  There are only around 10 seats inside, but if it is summer, there are plenty more outside.

glutenfrei cafe lissabonbon berlin outside seating

Back inside though, there is plenty of food to be had.  On first sight you may think there’s gluten free bread tucked behind some glass in a nice display, but, at the moment there is unfortunately not.

gluten free cafe lissabonbon counter

Just your regular gluten filled bread.  Although the owner (who is delightful and you should spend some of your time chatting to) is planning on making her own gluten free bread.  If you’d like this, go, often, buy all you can and let her know how much you’d love it (and her) if she made some.

But, let’s get to the food itself, this is what we are here for after all.

gluten free selection at lissabonbon cafe berlin

That’s right, sandwiches AND cake!  All of the sandwiches are individually wrapped to help avoid cross contamination.

gluten free sandwich lissabonbon berlin

I’ve been a few times and there has been a different cake on each visit.  Which is a welcome change, too many places here just bake the same gluten free cake again and again.

glutenfrei cake lissabonbon berlin

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon berlin cafe

The sandwiches come heated and rather delicious.  The schaer foccacia bread isn’t absolutely amazing, but it’s also not bad.  Just regular.

glutenfrei sandwich lissabonbon berlin cafe

Delicious!  The Slimey Limey cake, which absolutely had to be eaten with a name like that, came with whipped cream and lime sauce.

gluten free lime cake lissabonbon cafe berlin

To say it was amazing would be an understatement.  Yes.  Go, hope that they have this, then stuff your face.  If not, their other cakes are also rather good, and certainly not a consolation prize.

lissabonbon berlin gluten free cake

They also have amazing soups (which I ate too quickly to take a photo of) and tapas with plenty of gluten free options (which I haven’t had a chance to try just yet).

gluten free lissabonbon berlin tapas

In conclusion, they’re really trying to provide a good experience for those of us gluten afflicted.  A fairly varied selection of dishes which are different than what you can get in most other places.  And, hopefully, with your support of them, they’ll start to offer more and more.  Yes, you should definitely make your way there and eat as much as you possibly can.

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Cafe Review – Eat Performance Bistro Ritterstrasse

gluten free restaurant eat performance berlin

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.

eat performance glutenfrei berlin

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.

eat performance gluten free sign

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!

eat performance berlin gluten free 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.

eat performance glutenfrei bistro

The menu gives you a pretty good run down of what they offer.  ALL GLUTEN FREE!!

eat performance gluten free menu

EGGS! BURGERS! SANDWICHES! Oh my.

Plus, there are plenty of little treats to buy.

gluten free snacks eat performance berlin

 

gluten free muesli eat performance berlin

 

gluten free chia pudding eat performance berlin

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.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

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.

gluten free sandwich eat performance berlin

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.

eat performance gluten free baked eggs

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).

eat performance glutenfrei smoothie

I have visited once since then and tried one of their burgers.  Look at it.

gluten free burger eat performance berlin

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.

eat performance berlin

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.
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