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Kimchi Princess (Berlin, Germany)

THE STORY

After living in Germany for nearly a year, we finally made it to Berlin. Brooklyn Deferred wrote to us to say he would be there for the weekend, which was all the motivation we needed!

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He was coming into the city late, so the Ramen Marauder and I decided to go on an Asian food adventure (like we do). I had done a bit of research before arriving (like. I. DO.), and we were set on going to a Korean BBQ restaurant called Kimchi Princess. When we got off the train, it seemed that this neighborhood was a happening spot for food. We walked past all kinds of tempting restaurants, including a Vietnamese place that looked promising, but we were on a mission.

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We were grateful to be seated outside on such a beautiful summer evening. The sun had barely started to set at 8 p.m. and it felt like the city was just waking up. While we love our Bavarian town, it doesn't have the energy that Berlin has. I hate to exhaust words like electric and vibrant, but if I were able to see energy as colors, I swear that the whole neighborhood would have glowed neon.

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Throughout our (first) time in Berlin, we found numerous Asian restaurants, which hopefully we'll review more of down the line. There are just so many reasons to go back...

THE REVIEW

We ordered kimchi tofu and dumplings to start, and had bulgogi as our main course. As you can see, we were pretty thrilled about the food. It may have been too much, but we deliciously powered through it all. We highly recommend going to Kimchi Princess for your Korean food fix, and when you go, let us know. We'd like to meet you there.


Kimchi Princess, Skalitzer Str. 36, 10999 Berlin, Deutschland, +49 163 4580203 (They also have a Korean fast food joint called Angry Chicken)

Takumi (Munich, Germany)

THE STORY

I had heard about this place for months, but I had never taken the time to go. The friends who recommended the restaurant are respectable enjoyers of ramen, and raved about the handmade noodles at Takumi. On the one day I tried to go, they just so happened to be closed.

Then, one dismal weekday morning in January, a friend needed a ride to the Munich airport. I happily agreed, and once I dropped her off safe and sound, I headed into the city. I still had an hour and a half to kill, so I simply wandered. Again, it was dreary, so wandering was not particularly enjoyable.

I learned, however, that David Bowie had died that morning.

It explained much of Nature's mood.

Despite such tragic news, Takumi opened and I claimed my seat at the bar.

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THE REVIEW

The restaurant has seating for maybe 30 people at a time, and it does not take reservations. Luckily, being alone meant I could easily sit at the bar facing the kitchen as the tables quickly filled. I heard the gyoza were good, but I wanted to make sure I could eat all my ramen.

And goodness gracious girlfriend I did. I ordered the shoyu ramen, my usual go-to. (Pictured: miso ramen from another time I went.) The noodles lived up to the hype - they were chewy and flavorful and restored (some) balance to the universe in the absence of David Bowie. Everything, truly, was so deeply flavorful, without any ingredient overpowering the other.

I highly recommend going if you need to scratch the ramen itch. I promise you: it was just fucking delicious.


Please note: Because they do not take reservations, the wait can be long (easily 30-60 minutes). There is also no parking lot nearby. And rumor has it that they used to sell their own in-house instant ramen, but that is no longer the case (as of December 2017).

TAKUMI, Heßstraße 71, 80798 München, Deutschland, +49 89 528599