Berlin | board’eau

Everybody who is looking for a homelike place to enjoy a self-made vegan brunch buffet is right at board’eau in Neukölln.

For my birthday, a friend gave me an invitation to a vegan brunch. After we fixed a date she was doing some research for a place and randomly found board’eau. Funny enough that we didn’t already know the place, as we both live around the corner and we are both serious lovers of long breakfasts.

We were warmly welcomed by the waitress and a little oven. The whole place has a cosy atmosphere and is decorated with surfboards and longboards and textiles in warm colours. Being there at 10 a.m., right after the café had opened, we had the pleasure of being the first people there. We ordered coffee and a pot of hot chocolate, both came right away. The waitress informed us that the brunch buffet included a freshly made smoothie and a soup of the day – in our case, a green smoothie with banana, spinach, apple and lemon and a creamy potato ginger soup – that she could bring us as soon as we’d like to have it.

Then it was time to discover the brunch buffet itself. One of the owners of board’eau proudly told us that all the things get freshly prepared by the team Saturday night. They try to use only regional fruit and vegetables and also don’t use refined sugar – amazing! There was a broad variety of delicious things to try: from raw greens, nuts and salads (potato salad in a creamy sauce, Italian style quinoa salad and red cabbage salad with carrots and walnuts) to a lot of different spreads, like hummus, vegan cream cheese with herbs or paprika and eggplant spread. Additionally, they offered a speciality called vegan chorizo, rice in vine leaves and little tortilla rolls with spicy bean filling (my favourites). Besides that, there were two different kinds of homemade bread. I’d like to highlight that everything was very well seasoned and diverse – it was so much fun eating all of these delicious things.

You think that’s all? Guess you are wrong! After filling our plates two or three times with all the savoury goodies, we went on to the sweet department! There were little chunks of banana chocolate cookies, banana bread, classic apple pie, heavy cupcakes with dark chocolate, fruit salad with mango, pineapple and pomegranate. Also some sweet spreads like beetroot cream, chocolate cream and a variety of jams.

In the end, we had stayed at Board’eau for nearly three hours. The whole atmosphere was just so inviting. Two weeks later, I was already visiting again – they even offered a slightly different selection of food!

ON THE MENU: Brunch, soups, cake and snacks.

PRICES: 11,50€ for the brunch buffet plus drinks.

VIBES: Down-to-earth, surfboards on the walls, little oven.

DOWNER: I’m just sad I couldn’t eat more!

PICKY NOTES:  The whole brunch is vegan and free of refined sugar. They offer rice milk and homemade oat milk. Most of their dishes contain nuts, like peanuts and walnuts. So if you are allergic to nuts, board’eau isn’t the best choice.

board’eau, Okerstraße 3, 12049 Berlin-Neukölln. Website.

KatrinKatrin has been addicted to good food since forever. Even her first handwritten letter from a school trip was mainly about the food she had and about its quality. Her baking career – a passionate one – started at age 8 and is still flourishing. She is a vegetarian, part-time vegan and is always looking for new tastes. Find her on Instagram: @katrinlotte

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