Cafe Review – No58 Speiserei

Lunch.  It’s one of those meals that I really struggle with here in Berlin.  Burgers, Pizzas, Pastas and other such giant big evening meals are pretty easy to come by these days.  But what about a lighter lunch, a sandwich perhaps?  Or even, how about a soup that is definitely gluten free? (I’ve been burned once to often in places that have used ingredients containing wheat starch)

So when I find a place that serves smaller lunches at a reasonable price, I’m happy.  When that place is lovely inside with a nice relaxed atmosphere, I’m even happier.  When the food is fresh, healthy and tasty, I’m even happier.  Then when the place also has a wee little dog to play with too, I’m ecstatic.  Granted, the last one may be more of a personal preference (I am quite the dog person), but you get the idea, No58 Speiserei is great.

No58 Speiserei Berlin gluten free

It is only a short walk from Bodinstrasse and not too far from Tempelhof Park (great for a digesting walk after).  Inside you’ll find a cosy little place with lovely wooden tables.

no58 speiserei berlin glutenfrei

A weekly menu full of the food they are serving at the moment (oh, how I do love a changing menu)

no58 speiserei weekly menu gluten free

Not to mention all the cakes that they have out front.

no58 speiserei gluten free counter

This one was perhaps the best cake I’ve ever eaten (ok, it may not be, but I forgot about all other cakes whilst eating it)

glutenfrei torte no58 speiserei

Plus the fact that they have gluten free beer.  Yes, not strictly a lunch drink, but hey, they have it and that’s such a rare occurrence that you just have to drink one.  It’s allowed.

no58 speiserei glutenfrei beer

I have been there quite a few times now and I’ve never been disappointed in the food (well, ok, the vegan gluten free cheese cake I tried once was a little lacking, but that is a pretty difficult thing to make both vegan and gluten free).  Mostly they have these amazing open top sandwiches.  Just take a look!

no58 speiserei gluten free sandwich

no58 speiserei glutenfrei stulle

Along with soups and a larger dish, this one is Ratatouille.

gluten free Ratatouille no58 speiserei berlin

And this one is a rather amazing Lime-Coconut Rice with beans and a peanut sauce.  So Delicious!

no58 speiserei gluten free peanut coconut curry

So, in conclusion, you should definitely go and visit, often.  The shear joy at being able to go every week and find a new dish that I can eat, plus a new cake, is just amazing.  So far I’ve never had a bad meal there and never had a reaction to any of the food.  Although it is worth pointing out that, when confirming a dish is gluten free, I have been asked “Is rice gluten free?”.  Which, whilst a fair question in most circumstances, is not when you are serving gluten free food.  It makes me worry that if they don’t know that rice is gluten free, what else are they missing when making the meals?  I think this was just a one off oversight though (it was a Friday after all) and as I have never had a reaction to their food and knowing that they take care in the kitchen, I personally am not concerned.

It is a little busy on the weekends so I’d arrive early if you can.  Overall, I’m pretty sure it will become one of your favourite gluten free lunch places.

Plus, whilst you’re there, give little Loki a scratch on the head from me.

loki

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Cafe Review – Feinkost Fraktion

gluten free berlin feinkost fraktion

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.

glutenfrei berlin fenkost fraktion

Much of Gluten Free!

Inside, things get better, just take a look at these menus.

glutenfrei menu berlin feinkost fraktion

glutenfrei menu berlin feinkost fraktion

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).

gluten free shop feinkost fraktion

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.

gluten free wrap feinkost fraktion

Yum!  Now, you’re obliviously thinking ‘oh my, that looks rather good’, well, it’s even better than you’re currently thinking it is.

gluten free vegan burger feinkost fraktion berlin

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)

gluten free pancakes berlin feinkost fraktion

Actual pancakes! Yum.

gluten free cake feinkost fraktion

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!

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