wanderlust

Starving Artists in Berlin? No way.

The exhibition halls at the me Collectors Room are temporary closed for reconstruction until the upcoming Gerhard Richter exhibition on the 12th of February. So what is the most reasonable thing to do in the meantime? Serve delicious gourmet burgers? I think so.
 

Me Collectors Room has transformed itself into a pop up gourmet burger restaurant. Decked out with bales of hay piled up, blaring country music, and all staff wearing plaid shirts and greeting customers with an animated “YEEHAW!” – this is certainly not something to be missed. Visitors are invited to “Meat me at my burger joint and style your own burger” with a heap of tasty toppings and homemade sauces (the Dijon sauce and red onion chutney are highly recommended!). They even grind the high-quality beef right in front of you. All that’s missing is some authentic American brew, and I don’t mean Budweiser – there is a lot more to offer. The burger restaurant is only open until the 21st of January – so take a break from gallery hopping in Mitte and hurry in!

Me Collectors Room

Perfect atmosphere for a traditional american burger. Photo: Julie Anne Miranda-Brobeck at me Collectors Room.

Forget getting a coffee to you warm up, try a schnitzel instead!
 

Still have your head in the clouds? Well keep it there. As we previously reported, Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud Cities exhibit at Hamburger Bahnhof is still attracting quite the crowd. When you decide you want to come back down to reality, why not take a break at their restaurant? Oh, I should probably mention, it’s run by the famous chef Sarah Wiener. Hence the quality is more than decent, as is the aesthetic appeal of the spacious restaurant with its high ceilings and fancy tables. People rave about the authentic Wiener Schnitzel made from veal – as extravagant as its museum and admission fee, do not let the hefty price of 21,90 Euro surprise you. Of course, you can always just opt for a hot coffee and get cozy with one of the many intellectual books they have on their bookcase across from the bar.

What do walruses eat?
 

Follow the Schnitzel… where does it lead you? To the Berlinische Galerie Café Dix of course! For half the price, you can get their version of the Wiener Schnitzel. The café is quite low-key, though bright purple seats and pillars liven up the atmosphere quite a bit – a contrast which is definitely noticeable after  having visited such a vibrant gallery. The Café even gets creative with its menu, but do not be fooled: a Kaffee Schmueli is just your average cup of joe. Though, if you want to look like the Walrus from the Friedrich Seidenstücker exhibit, then I would definitely encourage you to try the Hamburger Schnitzel (a schnitzel in a bun with two fried eggs on top). Bon Appétit!

 Friedrich Seidenstücker - Walross

How about another Hamburger Schnitzel? Friedrich Seidenstücker, Ohne Titel (Walross Roland), um 1933, © Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin at the Courtesy of Berlinische Galerie.
 

  • me Collectors Room – Exhibit: Tuesday – Sunday 12pm-6pm & Café: Tuesday – Sunday  11:30am-6:30pm – Auguststraße 68  10117 Berlin
     
  • Hamburger Bahnhof – Exhibit & Restaurant: Tuesday – Friday 10 am-6pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm – Invalidenstrasse 50-51 10577 Berlin
     
  • Berlinische Galerie – Exhibit: Wednesday – Monday 10 am-6pm, Tuesday closed & Café: Wednesday – Monday 10 am-7pm, Tuesday closed – Alte Jakobstraße 124-128 10969 Berlin