Berlin | Der Vegetarische Metzger

“Der Vegetarische Metzger” literally means “the vegetarian butcher” – and that’s what it is. Founder Jaap Korteweg grew up on a farm, but when it came to become a butcher himself, he rather became a vegetarian. Soon missing the taste of meat badly, he figured out a clever way to imitate it perfectly with the help of plant-based ingredients like soy and lupines.

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Right at the beginning of Bergmannstraße in Berlin-Kreuzberg, you can find his small diner-style concept store that offers a huge variety of meat alternatives in all forms and styles: Burgers, chicken wings, even tuna salad. You can either buy them packed-up and take them home – or you can stay and enjoy guilt-free fast food!

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We treated ourselves with a vegan “Green Army” burger with guacamole, perfectly crunchy sweet potato fries with raspberry (!) ketchup, a BBQ vegetable spit and a vegan “Crispy Chicken” burger. The mock meat made by Der Vegetarische Metzger is supposed to taste exactly like real meat, if not better. As I’ve been a vegetarian most of my life, I really couldn’t tell if that’s true – I just thought it was delicious. But if you’re not into the taste of meat, maybe this place isn’t for you. On the other hand, Der Vegetarische Metzger is a safe haven for all people who’d love to be vegans or vegetarians, but just can’t resist the chicken wings.

ON THE MENU: A whole range of fast food: burgers, currywurst, chilli cheese fries…

PRICES: Burgers from 7 Euros, fries from 3.50 Euros.

VIBES: Clean, practical, an eco- and animal-friendly “butchery”.

DOWNER: Avoiding the taste of meat? Maybe try a Sushi Burger instead!

PICKY NOTES: Vegan & vegetarian. Soy & lupine meat alternatives.

Bergmannstraße 1, 10961 Berlin. Website.

Tabea has been a picky eater since she was 4 years old, when she decided she didn’t like meat (except her grandma’s meatballs). The following years she continued to challenge her family and friends with many other weird food preferences. Founding Picky Eaters is her answer to the question: “What do you even eat?!” @tabeaim

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