Berlin may conjure up images of juicy bratwursts and huge tankards of beer but that's really a German cliché. With a huge immigrant population it should be unsurprising that Berlin is bursting with delicious cuisines from across the globe. One of the most popular cuisines is Vietnamese and there are restaurants all over town offering everything from crusty baguettes stuffed with succulent roasted pork to steaming bowls of authentic Phô noodle soups. Not all of the Vietnamese options will transport you to Vietnam with their flavours, but many are as authentic as they come and we have put together a list of a few of our favourites for your dining pleasure.
This funky brightly coloured spot in Mitte is always popular and the street market decor makes it a fun place to eat, especially communally at the long central table. District Mot's Saigon style menu is in English and German and there is a great selection from cheap and cheerful crispy starters, sides and snacks that are great with cold Saigon beers, to the commoners dishes and authentic beef Phô menu. District Mot is best loved though for its self cook BBQ for 2 - a platter of raw ingredients including meats vegetables, fresh herbs, noodles, rice paper and dipping sauce - delivered to you along with a table top grill and you can chat away while you cook the food to your liking. A great choice to manage awkward first dates! Oh and there's cocktails! District Mot is at Rosenthaler Strasse 62 in Mitte (10119)
The go-to Vietnamese place for Kreuzberg locals is this unassuming little spot in Skalitzer Strasse. Specialising in south Vietnamese cooking, it also has a decent vegan menu and is a lovely spot for outdoor dining in the warmer weather. The menu focuses on traditional regional dishes and almost every table takes advantage of the excellent drinks menu. Miss Saigon makes great asian style cocktails with fresh lime and mint and also has a delicious choice of desserts including their home made coconut ice cream. Make sure you book in the summer as it gets very busy and people have been known to queue for awhile - always a sign of great food. Miss Saigon is at Skalitzer Strasse 38 in Kreuzberg (10999).
You have to be committed to eat here but its worth the trip! In Berlin's north eastern suburb of Lichtenberg, Việt Phố is on the grounds of the sprawling Don Xuan Centre - a large wholesale Vietnamese market complex that services the city's Vietnamese industry and community. Shed after shed of clothes, cookware, electrical goods and asian groceries are an added bonus to the excellent lunch you'll have at Việt Phố. This street kitchen style restaurant is easy to spot - once you get to Don Xuan - from the plumes of smoke rising above the outdoor bbq. They have an excellent menu (with too many things to choose from) but our suggestion is to ask the staff what's on the bbq today and follow their lead! It's an unusual location but the food is really wonderful and the atmosphere typically Vietnamese. There is a tram stop right out front and plenty of parking if you have your own car. Plus it's a totally unique part of the city that you might not otherwise see. Việt Phố is at the Dong Xuan Centre - Hall 2, Herzberstrasse 128 - 139 in Lichtenberg (10365).
Madame Ngo Phô Kitchen
This was only opened in the last year or two but it has already earned a reputation for its wholesome fragrant Phô as well as having all the Vietnamese favourites on the menu such as rice paper rolls, noodles, Báhn mî sandwiches and the usual meat, vegetable and noodle dishes. Set in the heart of Berlin's unofficial chinatown in Kantstrasse in Charlottenburg, the front window alone will transfix you with it's huge Phô soup pots bubbling away - all the soup is made from scratch in house each day. A fine bowl of Vietnamese Phô is a life affirming thing and this funky canteen style place in city west is definitely worth a visit. Madame Ngo is at Kantstrasse 30 in Charlottenburg (10623)