The best vegan food in Berlin!Pros: delicious, beautiful plates, nice personal
The best vegan food in Berlin!Pros: delicious, beautiful plates, nice personal
I've tried to eat here several times. Firstly last summer, we just wanted to have a small lunch as we'd already had breakfast, but we were forced to either have the whole brunch packet or have nothing at all. As we were not that hungry, we left.
Last Easter weekend we were visiting Berlin again and this time, we made reservations for the brunch on saturday morning - at least that's what we thought. When we went to the restaurant friday night to have diner, we were told that the place was full and there would be no table available, not even for just an hour (while many tables were actually empty). Also, it turned out that our reseveration for the brunch hadn't come through so the next day we weren't welcome as well. Since we were pretty hungry after a long trip to the city, I asked the waitress for the password for their wi-fi so that we could find our way to another vegan establishment. Unfortunately she didn't even want to give us that and started acting very rude... she clearly wanted to leave us right away.
So leaving is what we did, and I'd never go back here.
You are warned - by other reviewers and also by a sign at the door: Do not wear anything which is or looks like fur! Even fake fur trimmings are not welcome and should be hidden (at least). If you do not bring in this kind of problem, the staff is very friendly.
The food is standard German fare but all in vegan style. The kitchen does a very good job and presents almost look- and taste-alike German standard dishes: we tried KÃ¶nigsberger Klopse (meatballs in a caper sauce) and Hackbraten (meatloaf). Vegetables are cooked al dente - the perfect way to enjoy the flavors, the portions are just right. In fact, if you want to taste German favorites vegan style, this is a place to recommend. Have a good beer or a vegan wine with that.
But do not expect anything extraordinary - interesting ingredients, exotic spices, fascinating combinations of food - there are other places in Berlin to look for that.Pros: good food quality, very good fake meat
I visited the viasko on a saturday morning for vegan brunch buffett. Love it. Love the bar, love the food. Very nice people. I am definitely coming back.
Wirkliches tolles veganes Brunch Buffett. Ich komme wieder. EC Zahlung funktioniert auch.Pros: Food, Buffett, Style of the bar
Well, I can't say anything about the food, but I definitely had an interesting experience here. My mother and I were staying in Berlin over Christmas of 2012, and as being healthy eaters was proving to be difficult there, we were looking forward to trying Viakso. We walked in on a particularly cold, slushy night, and were excited to eat dinner. We hadn't eaten all day and were starving. Immediately upon entering the smiles left our faces, because when the server saw us walking in he started to laugh and shake his face. He walked over to us shaking his finger, very agitated, and said, "No, no, no, you cannot stay in my restaurant, you need to leave." We were shocked and exchanged confused looks. The server then said to us, "You are wearing fur," and pointed to our coats. We then laughed, relieved, and said, "Oh, no, these are fake fur! Its just really warm." Problem solved, right? Nope.
The coats were cheap, and did not look remotely real, but as it was about 20 degrees outside, they were very warm and cozy. Again, clearly not real fur. Well, after we told him they were fake, he at first refused to believe us, and then said that he "didn't care" if they were fake, and that just looking at it upset him anyway. He finally told us that we were "allowed" to stay and eat, but that we would have to "hide" our coats on the floor or outside, as it might "upset" his customers. Aside from that suggestion being ridiculous, we were the only customers in there at the time.
After we received this array of crazy reactions to our appearance (we hadn't said one word while he was talking, we were so shocked), I just started laughing and we walked out. He followed us out and called us names, as did a woman who we assumed worked there as well.
Starving, we ran away laughing at the whole ridiculous episode, took a cab back to the hotel, and ate gross rice cakes from the BioMarkt in our hotel room.
Again, the food may be amazing. I have no comment on the food itself, as we never even got to see a menu.
Just been there yesterday shortly after opening time at 3.30 pm. We felt very warmly welcomed and the choice of the dish was difficult as everything sounded very promising on the menu. I choose the daily soup of red beet creme and a typical german kale dish with dumplings, smoked tofu and vegan sausage. My wife had the gnocchi. We both were very happy with our choice. I liked very much the idea of preparing a seasonal dish with ingredients from a ecological vegan farm near to Berlin - congrats to that! Some people think its pricy here, I think it's totally worth for what you get. Our bill was 33â‚¬ for two people and we both had a beer and I an espresso as well. We definitely will eat there again!Pros: cosy & tasty, seasonal & regional, friendly stuff
Amazing food, great if you want something special. Worth the price.Pros: The food
My wife and I went to Viasko to have a fixed 6-course x-mas menu.
Absolutely delightful! The food was outstanding, delicious and creative!
Staff very friendly.
The place has two levels, we were sitting downstairs in a kind of cellar, which has very cosy romantic seating options and tables for two.
Upstairs it's more like a regular restaurant but with very relaxed atmosphere.
Definitely a huge recommendation!
Went there twice within 12 months when visiting Berlin for weekends and had the gyros plate both times. This is so much better than at any of the usual veg fast food places in Berlin. Tastes great, has fresh sides...The place has a pub-like atmosphere which felt better than I thought judging from the pictures I had seen before visiting for the first time. Friendly and helpful staff.Pros: fair prices, taste, friendly place
Thursday June 09, 2011:
Viasko has been a great experience with a decent variety of
delicious food for very affordable prices. The main courses aren't fancy as many reviewers commented on. However they were very yummy nonetheless.
The desserts were to die for and you must try them if you've got a sweet tooth!!
Monday, December 3, 2012:
I went again with a group of friends last week and again I fell in love with with place. Located in a more dodgy area, people are scepical when I ask them to meet me there but again everyone was convinced it was the perfect choice. The food is prepared with a lot of love and will satisfy even meat eaters.
This place we thought was so good we went twice during our stay in Berlin. One thing of note which is unusual for most 100% vegan restaurants is that they don't shy away or hide actual animal rights messages. I personally believe that animal rights is interconnected to veganism (one is the principle, the other is the practice), and it is nice to see a vegan restaurant state they are vegan not for health or other personal issues, but *for the animals*.
As for the food, it was excellent all around--not just the usual average burgers and wraps found at other vegan places in Berlin, but creative and tasty food made from fresh ingredients sourced from a farm owned by a farmer committed to no animal agriculture. Here you can have your principled cake and eat it too!
The staff was very friendly, and actually took the time to chat with us, the atmosphere was very homey and comfortable, and the restaurant was set in a quiet leafy area back in a bricked plaza with outdoor tables and umbrellas (would be a nice place to relax in the summer, no doubt), a true hidden gem.
Extra points for having decent German beer on tap, as well. :)
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 13, 2012
We have eaten at Viasko's many times - it's my boyfriend's favourite restaurant in Berlin so he's always keen to go. The food generally is really good quality although it's got a bit more expensive over the last 12 months.
Anyway, I recently found out that they have started doing a brunch on Sunday, I think from 11.30 until 4pm. So, we went along yesterday to check it out and it was AMAZING! Really, really fantastic. There was a huge selection - from yoghurts, fresh fruit salad & muesli, to pancakes, a huge array of lentil, bean, vegetable salads which were super tasty, and hot food such asroasted vegetables, tempura, a tofu scramble and baked beans, klopse & gyros - the list goes on... oh and dessert! there were chocolate brownies, all sorts of cakes and other puddings. YUM.
At â‚¬12 euros per person, it's a little too expensive for me to do every week but for an occasional (monthly?!) thing it's hard to beat. It loses one cow-rating from me for the high prices unfortunately, but everything else is spot on.
Oh, and one last thing - one previous review mentions things running low at around 1.30pm. I have to say, we didn't experience that at all. We arrived after 2pm and they were bringing out new things until at least around 3pm and nothing was running low at all, there was still loads of choice.Pros: huge variety, delicious, all you can eat
I absolutely love this place! First of all, it's located in a lovely, quiet, leafy residential area which is opposite a small park and right near to the Landwehrkanal. You go down a few steps and enter into a small terrace and then into the restaurant itself, which was previously an Irish pub, and it still has a the warm, relaxed atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome - not something to be taken for granted in Berlin.
The food itself - which is 100% vegan - is fantastic. They have imaginative starters and around 8 main dishes (half of which vary depending on seasonal ingredients or the chef's inspiration) with a mixture of traditional German meals with a contemporary twist and international cuisine. They also have a range of desserts, including freshly baked cakes that vary daily. In addition to the usual beverages they also offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.
They also have a brunch buffet at the weekend with a huge range of delicious salads, breads, spreads, some hot food and even cakes and pancakes. You can stay as long as you like and eat until you're bursting!
Make sure you book ahead as it's very popular, especially for the Sunday brunch.Pros: Relaxed, friendly atmosphere, Tasty, imaginitive food, Ever changing menu
I found the food at Viasko good (I had the gyros plate and also tried the gnocchi and the tarte flambee.) but by far not as excellent as at some other vegan places in Berlin. Prices are OK, portions are rather big and it has a pub-like athmosphere.Pros: vegan, (mostly) big portions, fair prices
First day in Berlin and we headed out for dinner. We shared the freshest bruseta and salsa I've ever had and the accompanying salad was very tasty-peppery rocket, toasted seeds, alfalfa sprouts, tofu. Mains-I had rigatoni which was packed with flavour and the veggies were so fresh. Nice touch with soy cheese and the cherry tomatoes were marinaded to perfection. My partner likes his fake meats and had seiton with purple potatoes and cauliflower in an amazing sauce. We had no room for pudding! It was quite a trek from our hotel but so worth iy. Waiting staff lovely; polite and attentive and spoke English. 1 shared starter, 2 mains, 2 beers 36euros. Ps they also do vegan wine at a reasonable rate. Bit quirky. Very tasty. Loved it all.Pros: tasty salsa and salad, excellent service, reasonable price
Wow! Amazing place. I've been here twice and both times the food was wonderful. Portions were big and the quality was phenomenal. Everything tasted super fresh and probably made from scratch.
I'm surprised this place isn't always packed. I think that has to do with it's location. Although it's really easy to get to, it's not in the middle of a busy part of Kreuzberg. It's about a 3 min walk from the Kotbusser U-bahnPros: Delicious, well-priced for what you get, fresh
We tried the weekend brunch and it was amazing. There were tons of choices including all different kinds of warm & chilled dishes, salads, dips/spreads, desserts, and even pancakes! Everything was delicious. Price was â‚¬12/person. Drinks not included.
We didn't get in till like 1:30 in the afternoon. A lot of things were running low and the kitchen didn't seem to be churning out food anymore. So do plan to arrive in the AM.Pros: great food, excellent value
Excellent food! Clearly some thought has gone into the recipes and the presentation, and tastes are full.
The Viasko salad is highly recommended! The mixed salad is already quite varied and tasty, and the added nuggets are wonderful: soft and crunchy at the same time.
Portions are generally big.
We paid around 50 euros for a dinner for two (starter, main, and drinks).
It can be busy in the weekends, so it may be wise to make a reservation.
My girlfriend and I walked to this place from our hotel on the Spree river (about 2 miles) and it was a lovely walk with a nice surprise at the end. This place had a pub-like feel, but not dive-y like some pubs in the USA or UK - it was brightly lit, clean and homey. The food and service were great. English menus and English-speaking staff. If you're near Kreuzberg, worth a visit!Pros: comfy/clean, good food, all vegan
'Rich' and 'hearty' are not often associated with vegan food unfortunately...but Viasko sets this straight! My partner and I shared two mains, one was a delicious pesto pasta that exceeded expectations, and the other main was a soy or seitan steak with potatoes and various veges all prepared perfectly. Really tasty, fulfilling comfort food. The deserts were also something special- a white choc mousse, and a cheesecake.
The atmosphere is kind of casual and semi-activisty, but is in a great location and has a lovely outdoor area. Perfect for a warm night.
Oh another thing I really liked about this place was the menu mentioned that all the veges are sourced from a local organic farmer that is not involved in animal agriculture at all. Now that's progressive.Pros: Comforting, Delicious, Organic
I have been may be 5-6 times in Viasko, especially cause it is very close to my place. It is a bit expensive and we didnt have always luck with our food. Last time i have been there the food was amazing, I had an amazing risotto and nice creme-soup, eventhough the place is a bit expensive.
Anyway advise to visit and may be u will find something for ur taste
Inexpensive? Ok so let's be honest two secs, Berlin is supposed to be a really inexpensive place, so when there is only 2 main which are less than 10 euros I don't call that inexpensive at all.
Generally Berlin take advantage of the popularity of the veganism to raise the price.
The service was pretty bad when we were there as they forgot about us, brought the ustensile later than the plate and we had to beg for the check.
Although is seems like this place has great review, so :
Or we were there at an extremely bad time, or they got lazy thinking they re the best .
About the food, I got the gnocchi which were ok but not really great, not that tasty either.
++ for being able to see the kitchen staff making our foodPros: the location, the atmosphere
Viasko is great for Sunday brunch (it's packed too so make sure you call to make a reservation). There are loads of different hearty dishes to choose from. Very friendly atmosphere, with mostly a young crowd.
Tasty food, affordable price, nice environment. Nothing specal, but I really enjoyed visit.
I visited in September 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed my meal here, whilst my partner did not. Yes he chose a dish that looked great but tasted bland- a pizza with soy cheese base covered vegetables and rocket. The seitan in orange sauce I chose was brilliant. I would say it was the best seitan dish I have ever had. The atmosphere was more a pub than restaurant and full of groovy youngsters. I would definitely go back.
All rave reviews here, but I have to disagree. I was excited about trying this place and this idea that it was a really nice restaurant with delicious vegan food. I was sorely disappointed. It was not the kind of place to go for a romantic dinner on my birthday. If I was with a bunch of friends and wanted some overpriced pub grub, this would have been a good choice. The gnocchi was good, but nothing special and on the small side. My companion got the pflammküchen or whatever it is, at the server's suggestion, and was not thrilled and was still hungry. Both were pretty plain and completely uncreative. We decided to perservere and try the cheesecake for dessert. We were traumatized by the experience. It tasted and felt NOTHING like cheesecake, more like flavorless, gelatinous pudding in crust. It was indeed the absolute worst piece of cheesecake, and perhaps cake, that I have ever tasted.
I'm not sure how to explain, but the menu and setup don't quite match the venue. A rowdy vegan pub would have been a much better direction. I know I would have been happier with that choice. Overall, Viasko had absolutely lackluster food in a pub-type place for not-great prices. I am a highly critical person, my partner is not. We both agreed, Viasko was not quite a fiasco, but definitely a waste.Pros: interesting interior, vegan
I went here twice when i was in berlin this summer. Food was always great, lots of it and nice staff. Great music good beer and tasteful dessert.Pros: great menu, nice staff, good music
I ate here twice on my holiday in Berlin. I loved the wide selection of 100% vegan food on offer. On my first visit I chose the gnocchi which came with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. For pudding I had creme brulee. I had never had either of these dishes before and I was mightily impressed with both! The second time I went here I had the schnitzel which came with dumplings and mushrooms. While perhaps not surpassing the gnocchi it was an enjoyable meal. They have English menus here, which I found very helpful. The staff are friendly and contribute to the relaxed atmosphere of the place, which has outdoor seating. The prices are good, and much better than anywhere comparable in England. Recommended.Pros: Variety, Relaxed atmosphere, Good prices
In my recent trip to Berlin I visited this restaurant twice. On my first visit I had the pear rissotto, which I felt could have been prepared slightly differently so that I was not left with a massive slice of pear and hardly any rice to go with it, due to the pear being hidden under a small pile of rissotto rice. The meal itself was still delicious, but perhaps cut the pear into smaller pieces. On the second night I had the soup of the day, which was cream of pea, one of my favourites, and it did not disappoint. For my main meal I had the gnocchi with a mix of mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in a creamed tomato sauce. This was delicious and I would happily eat this all the time! The added bonus of this restaurant was that they offered English menu cards, for people like me who unfortunately don't know a lot of German. The staff were all very friendly and helped to create the very relaxed atmosphere that surrounded the restaurant. I would definitely come here again if I was ever back in Berlin.Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, Large portion sizes, Good selection on the menu
Our expectations were high after hearing many positive things about Viasko and we were not disappointed. We had the gyros platter and the chick pea stew, and we both loved it. Especially the gyros were quite something else! I am allergic to gluten, and the staff were very accomodating and offered me substitutes to what had gluten in it. The apple/pear pie was great as well. And best of all, it's all bio/fair trade stuff.
Both the staff we talked to spoke good English and were very friendly. The food was presented pleasantly and the portions were neither too small or too big.
The restaurant itself is very clean and has clean toilets. Many seats outside and quite spacious inside as well. Lots to choose from on the drinks menu, but they have the sense not to offer a million things on the food menu - it's always better to concentrate on a few choice courses!
We were so satisfied, we came back on our last day in Berlin and brought a non-vego friend who also loved their food.
super brunch with a great choice of vegan cuisine.
really cheap and quite.
A good place!
Even thought of taking a non-veggie there.
Outdoor dining in a tree-filled terrace.Pros: delicious, innovative dishes, outdoor dining , inexpensive
I was a bit shocked to see a negative review about Viasko, especially now that they have a new chef. I've been visiting Viasko at least every fortnight for the last 6 months and as much as I enjoyed it from my first visit, I think they have improved considerably over the last 6 weeks since they have the new chef. The soups are some of the best I've tasted, and dishes I've had are full of color and flavour. Don't take my word for it, try yourself, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.Pros: Tasty, Reasonable prices, Good vibe
The restaurant looks like a pub, in a nice part of berlin, i m sure the outside terrasse under the trees will be delightfull in summer ... we've enjoyed this place !!!Pros: good value, good food, good bier ;-)
Great place and folks, super cheap. The food is very good, however I have never eaten anything at Viasko that I wouldn't prepare at home too (and most probably do better at home). So I really wish they would come up with something more unusual on their menu. Other than that this is nice place to eat out.Pros: super cheap, great staff, great ourdoor steating
The relaxed atmosphere is one of the most striking features of this restaurant, which is nicely located in kreuzberg.
The staff was very friendly and the food was of excelent quality. Only the portions could have been bigger for my taste.
The menu didn't offer a lot of choice, but taht is compensated by the fact that it changes weekly.
All in all a highly recommended placePros: nice relaxed atmosphere, weekly menu changes
This place is amazing! The food was amazing, wholesome and creative. The service was great and the decor was comfortable and cosy.
I had a home made gnocci with pfefferlinge (german forest mushroom!) sauce. It was delicious. My partner had a polenta stuffed zuchini with capsicum and pumpkin puree.
The desert was off the chart too! Incredible mousse!
Meals between 6-8Eu.
Highly recommended!Pros: Gourmet vegan food, Friendly staff, non-smoking
Viasko is going to Be the place I take visitors to. They kept the interior of the former Irish pub so it's all very cosy and nice.
The menu doesn't feature a huge variety of things but what you get is absolutely amazing. I tried the delicious panini for 7€, a friend had the Gyros and loved it and my partner ordered the classic Flammkuchen - when after more than 30 minutes that hadn't arrived at our table yet, the waitress came to tell us they had forgotten to do the Flammkuchen; they were going to do it now and we would get it for free. Then even the cook came to us and apologised again for the inconveniences. Eight minutes later my partner got a free meal :) That's what I call good service!
As for dessert, I tried the stracciatella mousse which was delicious aswell, even though a bit small for 3,90€.
VIASKO is a great place for going out, also for drinks (they do cocktails), and I will certainly recommend it to others.Pros: delicious food, thumbs-up service, atmosphere
Before I tell you how awesome the food is, let me warn you that is may be hard to find. We looked at a map, and when we got off the Ubahn, it was confusing and we took off in the wrong direction for several blocks, so just be sure you are headed the right way.
OK, so we got there and it's this warm cozy atmosphere. The waitress was really nice and spoke English. We got the yummy warm potato soup. I got that Gyro that everyones loves, and yes, it's one of the two best things we ate in Germany. Wow. My husband got a beautiful tofu goulashy thing? I don't remember, but he loved it. Unfortunately, he had a headache, so we left without dessert. But everything we had was fantastic.Pros: Prices, Service, FOOD
My favorite meal in Berlin came from Viasko - the gyro (recommended by the waitress). This gyro is certainly not healthy as it's very greasy and has tasty french fries in it, but it tasted VERY good. My bf also tried my meal and stated that it was one of the best vegan things he'd tried thus far. Definitely check this place out if you're in Berlin, and get the gyro!
This is the best vegan Restaurant we have visited in Berlin. We expected a lot, because of the Ex-Owner of the "La Mano Verde" who is the owner of the Viasko - and we were impressed. The Menu has not that wide range of dishes, but every single dish from starter to dessert were really amazing! I had the best potato soup I have ever eaten. The staff is friendly, the ambiente is cozy and the prices are absolutly suitable. We will come back soon!Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff
This is the last restaurant we have visited in Berlin and it is by far the best. Amazing food (the menus change every week), big portions, super friendly staff, nice ambiente and good prices. Everything was close to perfect.
This is my new favourite restaurant not only in Berlin but in general. I gave some other restaurants in Berlin 5 stars, but I would have to give them all just 4 because this one is just better.
Need I say more?
The Viasko-crew has turned a very comfy Irish pub with wooden paneling into a serious contender for Berlin's best vegan restaurant.
Food is fresh, not expensive at all and the service is very friendly and professional.
We had the Viasko-interpretation of bruschetta with courgette, sweet pepper and smoked tofu. Very good.
The Vlammkuchen with tofu was really good, too, even better was the falafel plate with hommus, and eggplant pate.
We were not able to find room for a desert in our stomachs, but plan to come back...Pros: not expensive, comfy atmosphere, really top notch food
A few minutes away from Kottbusser Tor U-Bahn station on the U1 line this is a wonderful setting for a great vegan establishment. They have a spacious outside seating area and when it's cold or if you want to eat inside the interior is quite spacious and exquisite. The food looks great but we only had a cup of tea and a vegan chocolate cake which was of a good standard but could have been more succulent. I will definitely eat here again in the evening when I am sure this place is at its best. There appears to be a good crowd that come here from the environs of hip Kreuzberg.Pros: location, food, staff
Viasko is on a leafy green corner in the basement of a gorgeous, chunky building. We visited on a beautiful sunny afternoon and sat outside, but I'll bet it's great inside on a cold winter night. A perfect spot for a drink and the food is fab.
T and I agreed that his mushroom soup was probably the best we've ever had. How did they do that??? My apple and celery was good, but too salty for the delicate flavours. Nice, tasty, solid white bread came too. We gambled on the unfamiliar for a main course and shared a kuchen - a thin, crispy flat bread topped with onions and smoked tofu. This turned out to be delicious and, with the soup, just the right amount for the two of us.
Staff at Viasko were especially helpful and friendly, there was an English verion of the menu and the cost was fair. It's great to get to meet the people who cook, especially when they too are passionate about great vegan food. Of all the places I've eaten in Europe, this is the one that I'd like to transport to within walking distance of my home in England, to share with friends on a regular basis.Pros: Great food, Great location, Nice people
very very very good :-)
Taste muschroom soup and bluberry pancake.
Strarter, drink, bread, dish and dessert for 16 euros !
viasko is a new vegan restaurant in berlin. very nice location, got the flair of an original "biergarten" fpr normal people.
i had the red beet cream soup- it was so tasty! great! then the lasagne- good also and as dessert a stracciadella mousse on berries. really good. (but expensive, go there bevor 3 pm- itÂ´s cheaper)
stuff was anxious that you feel good and asked often if food is tasty. really nice.
so- go there and try it!
We visited this place for lunch when we were in Berlin last week, and were impressed enough to come back for dinner the next day! The service is extremely friendly, the menu is varied and very tempting, they do *wonderful* things with pfifferling mushrooms, and the puddings are some of the best I've ever tried. This isn't just a great vegan restaurant, it's a great restaurant, full stop.Pros: Fantastic desserts, Fresh ingredients, Great value
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