Starting 2018 with an intention to become healthier, eat less, burn more? Is it the time to drop bad habits and become a new and improved version of yourself? Well, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up yummy treats. Delicious food can also be relatively healthy and good for you! Our picks for January are places, which might be a good idea even when you’re really adamant about your resolutions!
Caddy’s January Pick:
Where: Hasenheide 10, 10967, Berlin (U-Bahn: U7/U8 Hermannplatz, )
Recommendation: Literally everything.
What New Year’s resolutions you say? This is usually where I would throw all diet-related qualms out the window. But I shan’t be a temptress, and instead, I’ll recommend one of my favourite (and healthy) spots in Berlin to chow-down, Hamy’s Vietnamese.
Hamy’s is undoubtedly one of the most highly regarded food spots in the city. Located in the lively borough of Neukölln, the small restaurant offers incredibly quick service, great food at an almost too reasonable price. It’s not unusually to walk away spending just under €10 while dining here, which includes a main dish (€4.90) and a Saigon beer (€2.00).
But let’s talk dishes. Although you’ll always find a decent Pho’banh on the menu I find it’s best to look on the chalkboard for their daily specials. Over the years of coming here, I’ve had everything from spicy red curries, peanut-tofu curries and a personal favourite, their yellow chicken curry. No matter which dish you choose you’re guaranteed fresh vegetables, quality meat and a decent-sized portion.
Coming in large groups may be tricky, as Hamy’s is an incredibly popular spot with not many tables inside. I find it to be a good spot for a quick bite with a friend or a date. In summer there are long tables outside which is much better for groups. Even though the long summer days are a few months away, I’m sure after you’ve had Hamy’s once you’ll be coming back again. Overall, if you’re looking for quality food, fast service and wait staff who speak English Hamy’s is the place to be.
Theresa’s January Pick:
Place: MA’LOA Poké Bowl
Where: Oranienburger Straße 7, 10178 Berlin (U-Bahn: U8 Weinmeisterstraße)
Recommendation: One of the bowls
New Year, new me! One of the thoughts almost everyone has at least once in January. Therefore, it is not surprising that every second New Year’s resolution is related to doing more sport or eating healthier. I did that for years too. But failed mostly in the middle of the month – I just love fries too much! But MA’LOA will help you this year to stick to your New Year’s resolutions with their yummy poke bowls. Located in the heart of Berlin, in Mitte, it is the perfect place to have a healthy lunch in January.
Entering the small restaurant, you feel like coming to a beach bar in Makaha. The Hawaiian themed interior puts you perfectly in the mood for the yummy bowls. You either can create your own bowl by picking different ingredients or choosing one from the menu. No matter what you choose, you will surely enjoy the fresh taste of Hawaii.
Plus: Since we are in Mitte, the Hipster Mecca of Berlin: the bowls, as well as the interior, are an amazing shot for Instagram!
How much is the fish? Well, the large range of fresh ingredients plus the whole hipsterness has its price. The bowls are between €10-€13 but are totally worth it. Treat yourself a bit and take a little lunch vacation in Hawaii.
Marta’s January Pick:
Place: cha chã
Where: Friedrichstrasse 63, 10117 Berlin
Do you want to know what I got for Christmas? Fat. I got fat. Just kidding… or am I? Anyway, keeping up with the slightly lighter eating theme at the start of 2018, and helping you a bit with the resolutions you might have made, my pick for January is a place that is not only delicious but also verges on the side of healthy.
Working in an office in the very centre of Berlin’s Mitte I am slowly becoming an expert in lunch spots around that area. My recent find is cha chã. Located directly on the ever so busy Friedrichstrasse, this Thai place will warm you up during these cold days with a nutritious bowl of authentic curry, packed with fresh vegetables, or a spicy salad. It’s very roomy, so you don’t have to worry much about finding a spot during the busy lunch hours!
In the last few weeks, I went to eat there twice and became a fan of their curry bowls. Perfect little pieces of sunshine for these short and gloomy winter days! The one and only thing that bugs me about cha chã is the level of spiciness of their dishes. I have a feeling it’s a bit toned down to fit European tastes and could be hotter. Then again, I am a firm believer in “the hotter, the better” and could drink hot sauce straight from the bottle so I might not be objective in this case. Apart from that, this Thai place definitely hits the spot when it comes to a good balance between healthy and tasty.