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by J-Veg

Review: This restaurant is located above the Veganz supermarket. To get in, you have to go through the entrance to the supermarket, up the stairs, and to the right. The decor is quite swanky with a full bar with lounge-style area. I first went here for the opening evening and they put on a buffet of pizza, past and antipasti. The pizza was with vegan "cheese" and "meat" and the base wasn't particularly special, although I later learnt that they offer a gluten free base, which is good. The pasta and the antipasti (mostly marinated veg) were also good. The food lived up to the tag-line 'Pizza. Pasta. Passion', but I wouldn't really recommend going there just to eat that kind of thing. The second time we went there, we wanted to experience the "fine dining" that they offered, so avoided the pizza and pasta and opted for the more exotic-sounding creations on the menu. For starters we ordered the fennel and lemon soup (€5,50) and "ravioli" made from thinly-sliced kohlrabi stuffed with lentils (€7,90). Both were pretty good, although the rather bland lentils could have been better seasoned and perhaps coated in a nice dressing. For mains we had the millet risotto with porcini mushrooms (€11,70) and the smoked tofu served with fava bean mash, "caviar" and salsify (also known as winter asparagus, apparently) (€15,00). These were both delicious. The tofu was generously portioned, surprisingly complex in flavour and had a good texture. The mash very tasty and the porcini mushrooms perfectly cooked. We didn't bother with a dessert, but on the menu were panna cotta and a kind of sweet cannelloni stuffed with fruit (both around €5,50). I was pretty impressed with the food and now wonder they have undersold this new restaurant as a pizza-pasta place. I would give it 5 stars, but unfortunately I'm going to have to deduct a star due to the rather rude, self-important, inattentive staff, who seemed to think that we should have been honoured that they were taking the time to serve us - I guess that's just Berlin though!

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