We clocked this place right at the start of our recent trip to Berlin as it was almost directly opposite our apartment but didn't end up visiting until the last day. We went for breakfast and loved it so much we returned the same night for dinner. I’m not sure if I’m right or not but I seem to think that Berlin is well known for burgers. Anyway, after 4 days of solid traditional German fare, we definitely fancied a good burger and chips.
Despite looking up a few places, it turns out that at Spreegold, we’d hit gold, excuse the pun. The first thing that struck me about this bar/ cafe was its bustling atmosphere. On our breakfast visit, the place was heaving but still maintained an air of cool and calm, full of trendy types eating muesli and drinking coffee.
On return at dinner time, the lights were dimmed and music turned up a notch. The order of things had switched from self to table service but still very casual. The vibe worked perfectly for the mix diners and drinkers (some on coffee, some on alcohol). I particularly loved the menu design - photography and illustration hand in hand. The busy styling of it felt right against the simplicity of the space we were sat in - dark grey walls, simple wooden tables and chairs and low lighting. I loved it all!
|A great place for inspiration, I love watching Dave doodle his illustration ideas.|
As I’ve mentioned already, we both went for burgers (although the menu included steaks, salads and pasta). My burger was one of the specials - a beef patty with coriander mayonnaise and pumpkin. Dave had the blue cheese burger (my all time favourite) and it was slathered with creamy Gorgonzola.
We were pleasantly surprised to be asked how we wanted the burgers cooking - given the issues burger restaurants are having now in the UK due to new guidelines on how they should cook their burgers. Given that we were in a place where ingredients, seasonality and sourcing are key, we felt confident to ask for ours medium - rare. We’d made the right decision - the meat was well seasoned and tasty.
Although my burger was delicious (the pumpkin was a success although quite juicy), I had some serious envy for the blue cheese burger being wolfed down in front of me. Really, is there any burger combo better than beef & blue cheese? I think not. Still - at least I had the upper hand when it came to health points (ahem). Both burgers were full to bursting with the beef patty and extras plus red onion, lettuce & fresh tomato. They also came with coleslaw and the most yummy rosemary roasted wedges. Once those wedges were gone, I was running my finger around the pot to get the salty rosemary bits out. Yum!
The biggest surprise for me was that the buns used were - shock horror- not brioche. Very welcome as I’ve fallen victim to the soggy brioche bottom more than a few times here at home. Brioche is mighty trendy at the moment but having eaten such a good burger at Spreegold in a seeded white bun, I do wonder if the end is nigh? The sesame seeds on top just added the magic final touch too. For two burgers and two beers, we paid 38 euros which I think is incredible value.
This place is achingly cool and full of locals - the menus were all in German and the staff were friendly but slightly less tourist savvy. We got there in the end though and will definitely be returning next time we go to Berlin. Find these guys on instagram & twitter or visit their website to find out more.
*Sadly my blog is not nearly famous enough to get meal invites overseas. So, as you’d expect, we paid for our food ourselves and all opinions here are my own*