By now I have no idea anymore what differences are between usual restaurants and pop-up restaurants. Suffice to say that food is food and I will make the educated guess that pop-up restaurants need less of that dreaded bureaucratic paperwork Germans love so much. Pop-up or not: new asian restaurants in Kreuzberg are never a bad idea.
Especially Korean restaurants. Most Germans grow up on Thai noodles thinking that this is everything the whole of East-Asia has to offer. Every Chinese diner from Munich to Hanover really tastes the same; also, everything is supposedly Chinese. Even take-out Sushi is Chinese. Ultimately, everything Asian, as most people here believe, has to be eaten with Soy sauce and breaded duck and chopsticks and OH HOW WRONG THEY ARE! What about dumplings! What about actual Sashimi and Ramen soup and Bibimbab? What about Pho Bo and Pad Krapaow! Berlin has to get its shit together in terms of high quality Asian food. I get that there is a historical reason for why we now have 700 species of Köfte and Falafel. For Vietnamese, let’s go to Don Xuan Center — does it get more authentic? And for Thai, Preußenpark! And for Ramen soup, Cocolo Ramen! And now — at least while it’s popping — Korean.
MATÜRLICH is basically a group of friends from Seoul who has decided to bring Kimchi to Kreuzberg. Being new in Berlin they decided to meet people by cooking some exquisite and delicious Korean food for them. Finally. Elegantly and delightful light food, that’s what the favorite Korean specialities of Matürlich are. Less salt, they say, and not only white rice but mixed grain for the healthy Ökos on Berlins streets. Matürlich, as is suggested, is a modern take on Korean cuisine. For all I know it’s exactly right.
Bibimbab, the traditional “let’s throw everything in one steaming hot bowl and swirl heartily” is probably my favorite of all. Then there’s the Kimbop, which everyone will recognize as “that Korean sushi” — well, get your facts straight, you culinary baboon! Kimbop is DIFFERENT! I don’t know how (the rice is based on sesame oil, as far as I know)! But it is! So difficult.
In combination with the new and very elegant Mercosy location, the very affordable menu makes for a great stop on Dresdner Straße. The guys from Mercosy and Matürlich have been working together before, back in the old spaces. They did one-day pop up BBQs for two times and then decided that they could keep this little food festival running a little while longer. The plan is to keep the kitchen on fire five days of the week for the next month, so if you haven’t made it to the opening, don’t worry: stop by for lunch or dinner any time.
Check out the rest of the opening pictures on the Matürlich Facebook page.
- Kimbab with choice of Tofu, Tuna, Salad
- Bibimbab (special vegetable bibimbab)
- Bibim Mandoo (Dumpling with spicy salad on top)
- Kimchi bibim Naengmyeon (Kimchi cold noodle)
starting from this week: Wed~Sunday Noon til Midnight