Sunday, 2 March 2008

Gorki Park

The Basics:
Weinbergsweg 25, 10119 Berlin (Mitte)
+49 (0)30 448 72 86

URL: Gorki

Accessible? Only outside (and no disabled bathroom)

Child-Friendliness? No (no changing table, no play-corner)


Related Tours/Sites:
Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte
Could be integrated with the Classic Jewish Berlin Tour and with customised Berlin tours

Russian restaurant/cafe with a twist: names of dishes are all pun of Soviet propaganda terms ("People's Breakfast"; "Worker's Blinichi", etc.)

Matt Robinson writes in DirtCheapBerlin: "This little cafe provides some of the best Soviet-style lazing and grazing in the post-Soviet world, which despite what the old Russian propoganda posters might suggest is served largely without the oft pungent aroma of Communist nostalgia. Wifi access is free daily, 10am to 10pm, and they also serve a legendary Brunch every Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Turn up an hour before the end and you get to scrounge through the leftovers for a discount price.[...] Gorki Park serves some of the best borschtsch in Berlin, sells Russian Moskwa beer on tap and of course plenty of lashing of Wodka on request (ask for it served the traditional way, with black bread). The whole thing is very tounge in cheek, all down to the cafe motte 'long live hospitality.'"

Urban Foodie also recommends Gorki Park, this time their Sunday breakfasts: "I plumped for a small borsch followed by a mixed platter of baked cheese blinis, eggs, pancakes with soured cream, aubergine in tomatoes, various fruits, more soured cream and some jam with a glass of black tea on the side."

We were a little less impressed on our visit there, perhaps because it was still when smoking ban was not enforced in Berlin, and people sort of smoked right into our plates. The food was good, but not fantastic, and we were not impressed that Gorki is "Dirt Cheap" (relatively to Berlin, of course), but has fair prices. In other words, we found it to be a good, but not an excellent, place.

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