Berlin is home to a large community of Vietnamese émigrés who came to the city during the Cold War. One thing that they brought with them is their fabulous cuisine. It isn’t difficult to find some truly authentic and innovative Vietnamese dishes all throughout the city. Here are some of our favorite spots.
Located just down the street from District Mot and owned by the same people, Chén Chè Tea House offers a more relaxing set-up complete with equally beautiful décor. The exquisite hanging light fixtures, for instance, are a big hit, and guests sit on colorful silken cushions at low tables, which gives this place points for authenticity of style. In addition to teas steeped in all sorts of different herbs, spices, and dried fruits, Chén Chè Tea House serves a variety of light dishes that are prepared using regional ingredients in accordance with traditional recipes. The highlight of the menu are the meals cooked in clay pots, a common custom in rural and monastic areas of Vietnam.
Rosenthaler Str. 13, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 2888428
Saigon and More is a family-run Vietnamese restaurant with a jovial and accommodating staff. They allow customers to BYOB, and the menu is largely organized around rice and noodle dishes. Saigon and More offers classics like spring rolls, pho, wan tans, chicken skewers, curries, and other wok creations. As they are intentionally animal friendly, most of their dishes are by nature vegetarian, and many are gluten-free as well. While there is plenty of seating in the cozy interior, Saigon and More also has an awning-covered terrace that is perfect for dining al fresco on warm summer days.
Geisbergstraße 12, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 23626090
While rural inspired dishes and street food have an indisputable appeal, we seldom see gourmet Vietnamese cuisine. Preparing dishes with seasonal veggies and a minimal amount of meat, Cô Chu serves just that. These dishes are delicate and healthy, leaving diners content but not utterly stuffed. The culinary traditions of various nationalities do influence their style, however, offering an edible history lesson in colonial and commercial relations between Vietnam and countries like France, China, and India. The interior is contemporary and primarily done in neutral tones save for the hanging garden on the far wall comprised of bright floral arrangements.
Invalidenstraße 29, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 30881587
One of Berlin’s most famous Vietnamese restaurants, Saigon Green serves up classic dishes with generous portions of fresh veggies as the focal point in large, white porcelain dishes. This place also gathers a pretty strong lunchtime crowd thanks to the excellent deals it offers on midday meals. Their teas and smoothies are light and refreshing, featuring exotic ingredients like hibiscus flowers and holy basil seeds. The interior is simple, clean, and colorful. This is a fantastic place to chow down on an affordable meal made of fresh and flavorful ingredients, just as true Vietnamese cuisine should be.
Kantstraße 23, Berlin, Germany, +49 (0)30 45086342