Review: When you exit Merringdamm station,turn up Mehringdamm and you it's a few blocks away on the left. There are chandeliers and great masteresque paintings in gilt frames on the walls and the tables and chairs are heavy dark wood however it has the air of a casual cafe.The upper back area was booked so we sat in the front near the counter.It seems like a popular place.We were there at around 10 pm so thankfully the front door wasn't opened too often and to the cold. From the counter you choose three hot items and a couple of salad items.It comes with couscous.Some of the hot items included pasta bake,gnocchi,broccoli in sauce and veggie burgers.Lots of the items were packed with fresh vegetables,broccoli was liberally present.I think they use organic ingredients where possible.There seemed to be quite a lot of cream/dairy present.Watch out for the serving spoons,I noticed they were simply dropped after being used and the handles were landing in other dishes.There were lots of options on the salad side such as carrot,couscous and chickpea salads,olives etc.I had spinach lasagna,broccoli and cauliflower mix in sauce and a red bean tomato based stew with shredded cabbage and beetroot for salad. It makes a heaving plate!The hot items were heated in an oven so it was definitely hot.It was good.There are a variety of beverages including juices,organic wines,beer and tea and coffee.No soy milk. I think the proprietors are originally Iranian.They looked pretty tired.I can understand as they have long opening hours.When we entered I motioned to the woman whether we should go upstairs,she nodded.Turned out this was off limits.It was then hard to get attention to order.Quite late I ordered a drink and they said the coffee machine was switched off but then offered to make one.They were basically knackered,nice people I guess.I think they in some way employed a couple of other clapped out looking people,one of whom stared at me throughout dinner from his vantage point of the best seat in the room,away from the front door and near the radiator.He barred it at all times by draping his jacket across it so that even when he walked out to buy a sack of rice it was bagged.I say in some way employed as it seemed to be a rather loose arrangement.As I said he stared at me throughout dinner (not doing anything else at the same time) and sporadically went out/carried things,then he hung around until he was given a bottle of beer. Value was great at about five Euros a plate.