Great place to vegan versions of German food
Posted on 09 / 23 / 2012
We had dinner at Kopps on a Monday night. We booked ahead, as we heard the place is often busy, but found that it wasn't that full when we arrived.
We were very keen to try as many german dishes as possible and had a bit of difficulty choosing between the different starters, and so opted to go for three mains between two us - sharing one of them as a starter. We went for the dumplings with mushrooms in a creamy sauce, stewed cucumber (with meatballs - called burgers and mashed potato), and the cordon bleu (chicken-style fake meat coated with bread crumbs and stuffed with peppers) with mash potatoes.
The dumpling dish was really delicious - and felt like an authentic german dish. The nature of the dish means it is quite hard for it to look beautiful on a plate, but there was a really pleasant mixture of flavours and textures. I think most vegans would enjoy this dish - including those who like fake-meat and those who don't.
The stewed cucumber dish looked very nice on the plate, and had a good mix of textures, and felt authentically german, but the flavours weren't to my liking (though think some may enjoy it). The sauce in which the cucumbers were cooked was quite sour. The meatballs (called burgers) contained a mix of what seemed to be smoked tofu and seitan pieces. The texture was very meaty - but I didn't enjoy them as much as many of the more common soya meats.
The Cordon Bleu dish was really tasty. The fake meat bit was really nice (tasted kind of like what I imagine a chicken schnitzel would taste like), the mash potatoes were really creamy, the gravy was delicious, and the other accompanying vegetables (carrot, shallots, spring onions) were cooked to perfection.
Staff were friendly and helpful, and guided us through the difficult decision of what to eat, though it sometimes took a little bit longer than we hoped to get served.
Overall, we were very happy with this experience, and think any veggie in Berlin wanting to get an authentic taste of German food should definitely give this place a try.
Nice Decor, Authentic German Style dishes, Good Value
Service can be a little slow