Lucky Leek

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    ( 94 reviews )

Kollwitzstr 54 (at near U2 Senefelder Platz), Berlin, Germany, 10405

Vegan restaurant providing creative gourmet cuisine using fresh seasonal produce. Booking is advised for weekends. Established since 2011. Open Wed-Sun 6:00pm-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan, International, Buffet, Beer/Wine, German, Gourmet

Reviews (94)

First Review by OandG

All that glitters is not gold - Edit

Encouraged by the countless positive reviews for Lucky Leek, my partner and I booked a table for two to in the hope that we could enjoy a rare fine-dining vegan experience in Berlin. Unfortunately, fine-dining is what Lucky Leek would like to be, but falls short on a few critical points. We felt the following to be disappointing:

Odd ingredient combinations: some of the ingredients felt so mismatched that we couldn't really enjoy the dishes for what they were. I'm in no way opposed to fusion and though the ingredients alone are well cooked/prepared, they tended to clash in undesirable ways.

Table Water: everyone should have a basic right to free table water and in many countries consumers have a right to free water with a meal. The outright refusal of tap water is a deplorable practice that can only be described as racketeering. €5.20 just is not acceptable.

Food Intolerances: a restaurant at this level should either be able to cater to customers who have food intolerances or at least make provisions. This could include options to exclude certain ingredients or offering alternative dishes, or simply having an intolerance checkbox on the reservation page.

Pros: Food presentation and quality of ingredients, Desserts & cheeses (except the blue food dye used), Wine/beer selection

Cons: Refusal to serve tap water, Failure to be cater for intolerances, Overpriced for what it is

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Delicious fine dining experience!!! - Edit

I loved it. Keep in mind that choices are a bit limited, but everything is made that day. You can assemble what you wish from the 3 course or 5 course menu, and there is not as much choice as some like, but go with the flow - it's worth it. I didn't have anything I didn't like (no point discussing dishes - they will be different when you go). Every course was delicious, and service was super. The draft beer was also yummy. It's pricey - but it's fine dining - no more so than any non-vegan restaurant. I highly recommend if you are in Berlin.

Pros: Great service, Creative food

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Make sure not to bring your dog! - Edit

I had not been to Lucky Leek for a couple of years, and I sadly cannot say anything about the food this time because we didn't get past the door. We had a dog with us and were told in a rude and condescending way that we could not come in with her. The last time we were there with 2 dogs so we didn't ask first when we reserved. Big mistake. It was my friend's 50th birthday so we were very disappointed, and it was too far to take the dog home and come back. The ban on dogs is only mentioned in the FAQs.

Pros: Excellent food, at least the last time I was there

Cons: No dogs allowed, Condescending man at the door

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Delicious Fine Dining - Edit

Finding a place that has fine dining as a vegan can be quite difficult but not in Berlin. Lucky Leek is as upscale as you can get. We even dressed fancy to visit, which seemed a bit silly when we got there and everyone was dressed in jeans and t-shirts. Oh well.

The food was scrumptious. There were so many unusual flavours on one plate and we all appreciated the effort. Unfortunately we went for the cheaper 3-course option but were pleased to be surprised by a shot glass of pea soup and a spoonful of grilled tofu as a pre-appetiser that wasn't listed on the menu. It was gorgeous and presented beautifully.

The only complaint is that I would have loved to have choose from the menu which starter I had, which dessert and which main. I understand that the five-course meal be more expensive, but why the difference? It should be either one set menu with extra dishes for the five-course or a menu you can pick and choose from. I liked the sound of the five-course menu starter more than the three-course one but upgrading wasn't in our price range. Other than that I felt like Lucky Leek was well worth the money if you like fine dining.

Pros: Fine dining, delicious food, complex flavours

Cons: set menu, you get what you're given, expensive

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amazing! - Edit

Even with all the positive reviews I read before going here, I was truly amazed by the menu. We had the 5-course menu, which was quite a lot of food, bit I just wanted to try as much as possible! All courses were exciting, original and just very good. Loads of veggies, with some seitan/tofu/tempeh. Just perfect.

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A very nice vegan 3 course dinner! - Edit

A very nice gourmet vegan restaurant. We had the 3 course menu with wine which was very good! The atmosphere was nice and the staff very friendly and professional! I can definitely recommend this restaurant!!

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Herausragend!!! - Edit

Wo es das beste vegane Essen in Berlin gibt? Hier natürlich!!! Das Menü ist bisher immer großartig gewesen. Eine überraschende Expedition für jede einzelne Geschmacksknospe. Für die Augen ein Fest und für mich nach jedem Abend im Lucky Leek ganz klar: Ich komme wieder!

Pros: Das beste Restaurant in Berlin!, Tolle Weinbegleitung, nicht verpassen.

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Fabulous Food! - Edit

I was really looking forward to Lucky Leek and wasn't disappointed. We had the 3 course menu which came with an amuse-bouche.
Everything was beautifully presented with lovely flavour combinations and texture contrasts. The portions sizes were just right so we felt full but not stuffed. Every course seemed to have lots of different parts to it so we felt we had eaten many more than just 3 courses.
We had a hot pea soup with cucumber salsa to start, followed by beetroot risotto, courgette parcels and vegan feta. The dessert was made up little tastes of ice cream, chocolate, fresh fruit and nut cake.
I went with an omnivore friend who kept saying how delicious everything was and what good value.
I would definitely go when I'm in Berlin again - I'll have the 5 course option next!
There is quite a peaceful atmosphere, we loved the vertical moss wallhangings.

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-17

Pros: Beautiful delicious food

Cons: Limited a la carte, from 3 or 5 course options

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Decent dining - Edit

We had high hopes coming here, having read other Happy Cow reviews recommending this restaurant highly, but ended up quite disappointed.

We had the 5-course menu. Our over all impression was that this restaurant tried hard to be "fine dining" but didn't reach all the way. Putting a bunch of small courses together in a fancy way doesn't make it fine unless they're actually well cooked, and some of them just weren't. The main course was too messy, so many things we're going on there and they didn't really go all that well together. Flavours were nothing out of the ordinary, and some dishes were not cooked well, for example lentils and some vegetables were not cooked soft (note: not just "al dente" but actually not done). potato roullade was over-whipped and hence had a glue-like texture, the deep fried lentil ball was too "starchy".
All in all, the food was decent and would have been ok at a basic restaurant but since Lucky Leek has the ambition to be a fine dining place it was disappointing.

About the service, it was ok - one of the waiters was very nice and helpful but the other seemed bothered by our presence even though the restaurant was not very busy that night. He only barely presented the food and answered questions very briefly.

Pros: Bell pepper soup with pumpkin ball was delicious., Fully vegan!, The wine was tasty.

Cons: Flavours and cooking were basic and ordinary., Semi-poor service

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vegan heaven! - Edit

Ordered the 3 course meal, and all the dishes were amazing! Even got an aperitif before the starter, free of charge.
Will definitely go back next time I'm in Berlin

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Food orgasm - Edit

No words. Must try when you are visiting Berlin. Worth every cent.

Pros: very friendly staff, extraordinary food, location

Cons: inside not really cozy atmosphere , quiet expensive so not for everyday

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good food, a little overrated - Edit

Overall a good experience although some of the food was for my taste to salty/ over spiced. Every plate looked amazing, the prices are fine for the quality one gets. I just find the food not as good as the whole setting seems to promise. I could go their again, but don't have to

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Gourmet, but very unaccommodating - Edit

We reserved on the website, and only could get a table at 8:30 PM, but when we got there, the place was quite empty, so that was a bit strange. We would have liked an earlier hour. And, if we had an earlier hour, we would have left and found someplace else to eat, because the menu is very limited and I had very little to eat. There are two fixed menus. I told the waiter that due to health reasons I must restrict the carbohydrates that I eat and asked what he recommended. He was not at all nice. Rather than to suggest which courses might be the best, he just said "everything has carbohydrates - either potatoes or grain" etc., and if I wanted something special I would have had to let them know several days in advance. I asked if he could make a plate with some of the items from different dishes, and he said it is not possible. Though the food is quite gourmet and what I tasted was good, and it was served very nicely, and the ambiance very nice, the restaurant must learn to accommodate people who might have some eating restrictions. Due to the late hour (the service was not speedy, so after getting menus, which required asking for some explanations, it took a while before a waiter bothered to come back to us), we didn't leave and I ordered only a main dish because everything had either potatoes or grain or some other carbohydrates, and my main dish (there was only a choice of two) was risotto - also a grain, and white rice, at that, but I thought there would be grilled vegetables, as in the description . As it turns out, there were just a few slices of roasted vegetables. And who would guess that "radishes vinnaigrette" consists of about a spoonful of very finely shredded radishes?? At an accommodating restaurant (and I've been to many, though not in Germany) the wait staff would say "it might take a few more minutes, but we should be able to put together something for you". They could have made me a plate with more grilled vegetables - I suggested that - and some of the mushrooms from a different dish, and some of the "cheese balls" or whatever they were, without the risotto. They must make the roasted vegetables separately before they put them on top of the risotto so I can't see why they could not have done something like that. Do they count out exactly how many zucchini slices they need per main dish and not have any extra? They were most unaccommodating. Also, they have an 80 Euro minimum to use a credit card, and, since I did n

Pros: Gourmet vegan, nice ambiance

Cons: very expensive, very limited menu, very unaccommodating

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eines der besten Veganer Restaurants überhaupt - Edit

Für besondere Anlässe, da nicht ganz billig, aber extrem lecker.

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Delicious - Edit

This is one of my husband's favorite places for more refined vegan cuisine. Just look at the photos!

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-03

Pros: good taste, beautiful presentation, friendly

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Amazing vegan fine dining - Edit

This restaurant visit was so cool for us not having had the ability to experience fine dining like this since we went vegan. We took a 3 course meal á 33€, this also included an extra small appetizer. Food was amazing, the staff was extremly nice and professional and it felt really luxorious. The selection of vegan cheeses for dessert was to die for!

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lucky leek - Edit

Me and my girlfriend went to Lucky Leek whilst in Berlin for 1 week. We thought it would be nice to see what vegan fine dining is like, it is clear to say it most definitely wasn't for us. Extremely overpriced, although the dishes looked amazing, portion sizes were very very small. Very pretentious, can't imagine people of a laid back nature would feel comfortable here. I paid €3.40 for a mango juice, less than half a pint, which was poured out of a carton.

Pros: dishes looked nice

Cons: price , portion sizes , atmosphere

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Achievement unlocked: featured in the Happy Cow Cookbook - Edit

This is one of the international restaurants featured in the Happy Cow Cookbook. It was fantastic. We had a delicious three course meal with some traditional German fare, wurst, potato salad, dumplings revamped with vegan flair. It was culinary artistry. The restaurant is located in a quaint part of town and has a relaxing atmosphere the encourages savoring dining. A lovely experience!

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