When André Sander sent in this Number 22 and a beer, his e-mail started off by simply stating: A real recommendation this time! As if the previous ones had been some sort of cruel hoax!
On my next visit to Berlin I will surely follow his advice.
This could well be the most “exotic” Number 22 and a beer so far, seeing as how more peaople have probably sampled sushi, than a real Wiener Schnitzel, or that great Austrian dish known as Tafelspitz, in essence boiled beef, but oh, what a beef it is! Austria may be small but its contributions to the gourmet world are endless.
Here we are served a Brettl-Jaus’n or board lunch. A decidedly rustic dish served in all alpine german-speaking regions, but elevated to its culinary peak in Austria.
„Heuriger in Berlin“
Schivelbeiner Straße 27
Dark Hefe-Weizen 3,40€
If you dare to follow the Schievelbeiner Strasse in Berlin’s district Prenzlauer Berg down to almost its end you will come to an Austrian restaurant owned by Gerhard Masopust, who is an enthusiastic Austrian. His assignment is to bring original Wiener Schnitzel to Berlin, and that’s what his restaurant is famous for. And of course that was the reason we went there. But once we had arrived I remembered that nice “#22 and a beer”
tradition and so I skipped all the alternatives on the menu and ordered the #22. The place itself is not too crowded and the atmosphere is typically Austrian with a wooden interior and some kind of Austrian “Volksmusik”, which is not too annoying, since it is only audible in the very background.
Although I felt very hungry, it knocked me off my feet when the Brettljaus’n was brought by the waiter. It was an overloaded wooden plate with lots of meat on it. Salami, boiled ham, lyoner, gammon and Edamer. Ten or more pieces of each. So I probably got half a kilo of toppings. It came with mustard and fresh kren (Austrian horse radish) and some really good sour dough bread. I especially appreciated the bread, since it is hard to find tasty bread nowadays. All of the meat was very good and fresh. Try out the gammon with kren. It’s really yummy! Of course I couldn’t eat all – I ate about a third and even that was too much – but the friendly stuff saved the rest for us.
The price was really fair!