Aren’t the best birthday gifts to friends those that you benefit from as well? That’s exactly why we invited Katrin to Kopps, a fully vegan fine-dining restaurant in Berlin Mitte. I’ve been there once before and Katrin has enthusiastically told us all about the delicious brunch that she got there via Too Good To Go. We were in for a fancy girl’s night out and therefore had very high expectations from what we’ve heard— And kopps delivered 100%!
It all started with a little amuse gueule, which definitely set the mood. This is not your average vegan restaurant, this is something more special. The chef put a lot of thought into this small bite that consisted of sunroot, chives, winter vegetables and plum.
To keep within our price range (it is a bit pricier than your average vegan restaurant), we chose two starters and shared them: A vegan egg salad with a selection of bread and a gluten-free creation out of turnip, parsley, radish, walnut, and lingonberry. The egg salad tasted exactly like the real thing, we couldn’t get enough of it! The turnip dish was a creamy and extremely tasteful experience none of us had ever had before.
For mains, Katrin chose a gluten-free combination of La Ratte potato, celery, pear, and sage. She was over the moon about the combination of sweet and salty, as well as the truffle creme that came with it. Yasmin went for grilled king oyster mushrooms, beetroot, pepper, pine nuts and rosemary in a potato-mushroom-sauce. She kept going on and on about how special it was. After having a bite, I could only agree!
I decided to try something more traditional: ravioli with pumpkin, potato, citrus, poppy seeds, and dill. For me, pasta is the ultimate test to see how good a restaurant is. When I think that ‘I could’ve done this at home’, it’s not worth coming back to. But those ravioli were so good; the perfect composition out of hearty pumpkin, creamy potato and a touch of citrus.
Already feeling pretty spoiled, we then chose not to have a sweet dessert, but to try something new instead: a vegan cheese platter. Not only did it look beautiful, but it was also delicious. My personal favorites: a vegan Obazda (a Bavarian kind of cream cheese) and a chorizo “cheese”.
Kopps wants to “make vegetables sexy” and they definitely do! They mainly use locally-grown ingredients, everything is housemade and vegan. We can also recommend the wine selection and their lemonade creations. The interior design is modern and comfy, the staff super friendly and well-informed. With our bill, we even got our sweet dessert! kopps is the perfect place for an evening that needs to be special.
ON THE MENU: Extraordinary vegan food creations. Making vegetables sexy again.
PRICES: More expensive than the average restaurant, but reasonable. Mains starting at 18 €.
VIBES: Modern and comfortable design, you want to stay all evening and treat yourself.
DOWNER: Nothing here.
PICKY NOTES: Everything is vegan. Lots of gluten-free options. Mainly local ingredients.
kopps, Linienstraße 94, 10115 Berlin. Website.
Looking for a restaurant to take your parents to, but they’re carnivores? Try Butterhandlung!
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