For those of us who love baseball (like me) a doubleheader is having your cake and eating too, while for baseball non-enthusiasts it basically means twice the boredom for one low-price.
Not familiar with baseball? Let me explain: A regular sesaon of baseball is comprised of approximately 1,274 games. Add in another 227 in the post sesaon and it’s easy to figure out the necessity for a doulbleheader. In a doubleheader opposing teams play two games on the same day, usually due to a postponed game from earlier in the season, (mostly because of a rain-out) so as to make another trip for the visiting team unnecessary, or the scheduling would be to close because the season is nearing its end. What it means for fans of the sport is easy to see: double the time to drink beer, eat hot dogs and watch other people doing the same. And if the weather is nice you can also get a good tan.
So here today is our first doulbleheader, and its from André Sander and Jill Koglatis of Berlin. (They contribute so often , maybe I should change the blog name to “Dining out with André and Jill”. Not.) Thanks!
The Motzstraße surely is the culinary heart of Berlin-Schöneberg. There are dozens of restaurants and almost all cuisines are available. But it’s hard to find a place where the menus are numbered. No kidding. Most of them just write the menu on a board using chalk. And this time we did not want to go to any Asian restaurant (which of course number their menus in every single place).
So we went to the “Schöneberger Weltlaterne”, which is at the less busy end of the the Motzstr. If you ever wondered what a typical Berlin restaurant looks like, go for the “Schöneberger Weltlaterne”! Good thing first: they serve Weizen-Bier from the tap - and it’s Weihenstephan, which is probably one of the best.
Number 22 was potato soup with a sliced sausage and some light wheat bread. The soup tasted very good, though. There was a butter flavour present, which is surely not the worst. The bread was just some bread, nothing specialhere. I was rather full after having had that bowl of soup, but as usual with soup the hunger came back pretty soon.
The price was a fair 3,90€ but the Weizen was extraordinarily expensive: 3,60€! Jill mentioned this was probably the Schöneberg factor.
The main courses were all very basic and original German dishes. So, if you are not afraid of lots of calories and lots of meat, this is the place for you to taste German food.
Once again the #22 thing made choosing much easier. The menu at this place is endless, every kind of meat is combined with every kind of curry. #22 is chicken in a red curry sauce with coconut cream, pineapple and snap beans. What confused me a bit were the grapes that decorated the dish. I ate them anyway, since fruit is good for you. The curry was moderately hot (possibly still counts as a mild dish by Thai standards, but was marked “hot” in the menu. They have “very hot” options as well.).
There was not that much chicken to be found, but since the price was quite low, I was not too disappointed. Apart from that it tasted good, although under non-22-circumstances I’d have chosen something without pineapple. The owner was friendly, I plan to come back, since it is also possible to sit outside in the warmer seasons.
Chicken with Curry and coconut cream, 5,70 Euro
Beer: Becks, 2,20 Euro
Pailin Thai Küche
Wiener Strasse 11
10999 Berlin Neukölln