Whenever I go away, I like to research places to eat to avoid dissapointment but Dave is a fan of exploring and seeing where you end up. To a degree, I can see his point but sometimes you need to plan to make sure you don't end up bickering and eating microwaved crap somewhere dodgy because you've left it too late and nowhere is open. We've all done that haven't we?!
So - on day one, having done my research, we went to Imbiss 204, on the recommendation of a great blog - Berlin Food Stories. This place really is a hidden gem, serving very authentic home style German food and we LOVED IT!
On entering, we were surprised at just how tiny it was. It also looks like a greasy spoon which just makes it all the better! We went down early (around 6pm) to ensure we got a table as it only seats 14 people in total (although more in the summer with outdoor seating). Fortunately, there was just one other person there so we were in luck. We selected a couple of beers from the fridge in the corner and sat down to read the chalkboard on the wall. This was the menu - hard to read in our stilted German but we recognised a couple of traditional dishes and ordered those.
The portions were huge! We were absolutely stuffed and almost defeated - sadly we didn't quite manage to clear our plates. We ate Königsberger Klopse, Bratkartoffeln with string beans. This is basically pork and beef meatballs in a rich gravy, and potatoes cooked with bacon, butter and herbs. The meatballs were huge and so perfectly seasoned. I ate more than half of those potatoes too.. whoops!
Our other dish was a ginormous portion of pork schnitzel and lingonberry jam with honey and mustard potatoes and cucumber pickles. I've eaten some terrible schnitzel in my life - usually over cooked and bland - so this was a total delight. Full of flavour and soft. No burnt bits in sight! The lingonberry jam was great, it took us a while to realise what it was!