Berlin has a diverse Asian culinary scene. It is a melting pot for flavour, with traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and a myriad of Southeast Asian restaurants. There is a range of traditional and fusion styles on offer around the city, each bringing their own signature spice to Asian cuisine. We’ve made your choice a little bit easier by finding the best Asian restaurants in Berlin.
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Food Selection from The Tree | Courtesy of The Tree
The Tree on Brunnnenstraße is an amazingly designed, stunning Asian restaurant in central Mitte. Owners, Ling Ma and Xiaoting Zhang, originally moved to the city to study, ending up in the restaurant game by accident. The food concept and culinary roots reflect the origin of its owners, serving up Chinese noodles and other authentic dishes. The restaurant’s simple, airy design and light space give it a cosy and chic atmosphere. With traditional eats and an amazing space, The Tree is a favourite Asian eatery in Berlin.
Ryong is the vegan and vegetarian Asian fusion restaurant on bustling Torstraße. Serving up bao burgers, noodle dishes, wraps and bento, it is a combination of Vietnamese and Japanese food, with an ultra modern twist. The interior is a mixture of heavy and light woods, and stylish design elements, like the über-hip lightbulbs. With a darkly lit, warm and inviting ambience, it’s the perfect joint to try a unique take on traditional Asian cuisine.
Shiso Burger is the street-food burger restaurant that brings an Asian touch to its delicious burgers. Usually opting for prime Angus beef, they will also, on request, serve up your burger with Japanese Wagyu-beef. Non-beef lovers are also catered for with Shiso Burger’s range of vegetarian burgers, and fish burgers that use high-quality salmon, shrimp and tuna. It’s a favourite amongst the locals and, with cosy its atmosphere, it is common to wait 10-20 minutes before getting a table during the lunch rush. A refreshing take on burgers, Shiso Burger is the guilty treat with a healthy twist.
The Panda Noodle is a unique ramen place in the heart of trendy Kreuzberg. With neon lighting and colourful décor, the interior reflects the innovative and exciting menu this fusion joint is serving. Ranging from Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese, the dishes are served in a deconstructed style, with a base of homemade noodles and a variety of dishes to add in. It’s a jumble of flavours that pack an authentic and powerful taste. This eclectic fusion restaurant brings the flavours of Asia to Berlin.
Much like the Korean BBQ concept, Ushido is the Japanese version of this BBQ experience. Guest order from a diverse menu and then grill up their meals in a BBQ station at their table. The menu is tailored for meat-lovers, but along with a huge selection of meat cuts, there is also a mixture of vegetable to grill up and a range of side dishes to order. Ushido’s interior is modern and sleek, with an array of wooden tables, with traditional BBQ stations in the middle. The first of its kind in Berlin, Ushido, is a meat lover’s dream destination.
Transit has two locations in Berlin – having originally opened in Friedrichshain, they have recently opened a sister place in Mitte. Both follow the same concept, authentic Southeast Asian flavours served in a tapas style. The menu is diverse, with well-known favourites, and they pride themselves on serving fresh, homemade food. The flavours are a mixture of Thai and Indonesian, and the menu has a range of dishes, but the duck pancakes, or ‘Duck in Pyjamas,’ is a classic favourite. With red lanterns, a dark interior and romantic lighting, it’s a cosy spot to try a selection of wonderfully made Asian treats.
Part of the Kuchi restaurant group, Cocolo Ramen, in Mitte and Kreuzberg, brings Japan to Berlin in a traditional way. The self-labelled institution for traditional Japanese ramen, the menu consists of five deliciously different and completely authentic ramen dishes. The Mitte location, hidden in a quiet part of Oranienburger Tor, has been serving some of the city’s best noodles for a number of years. It’s the unique and truly authentic, must-try when in Berlin.