The Bowl, Warschauer Straße 33, 10243 Berlin
This second story, open windowed restaurant with its chill wave music, new age feel and bevy of lush hanging plants feels more like a hip Southern California hot spot than an eatery in East Berlin. I choose to seat myself on a plush bench with a nice view of the Spree and wide Warschauer Straße- ideal aerial people watching. Everything is organic (yay!), vegan, and there are a few raw options (YAY!). I start with the Incredible Hulk smoothie, and the raw chocolate bowl, (it’s best to consume fruit/sugar on an empty stomach for ample digestive power. I will relentlessly cling to that story until my very last breath!). Both arrive fairly quickly, and are incredibly fresh, clean and delicious. The smoothie has avocado, spirulina, matcha wheatgrass ginger and lemon, topped with a very healthy serving of raw hemp seeds, I’ve also asked to asked to add turmeric as I feel an itchy throat start to happen and need it’s anti inflammatory powers. The raw chocolate bowl is a tasty, pure, cacao pudding using only dates as a sweetener and some sliced figs and plums on top. I can’t tell you how difficult it is to find raw chocolate desserts that don’t have mounds of coconut sugar, agave or cane sugar in them so I will definitely be ordering that several more times for the remainder of my stay here in Berlin.
I love eating out in Europe, it’s such a leisurely activity. No preemptive bill on the table with the passive aggressive “whenever you’re ready”. People watching is quite natural as well, and I notice the colorful array of patrons The Bowl attracts. Young hippie couples, families, tourists, and bitter lonely writers (me!). What a break from the impossibly beautiful/rich Russian models, celebrities and orthorexics (is this straw BPA free?) that my store in Hollywood almost exclusively feeds. (I work at a raw vegan store in Los Angeles, California)
ANYWAY. I often opt for ordering a few appetizers as opposed to one whole meal as the many different taste options definitely appeals to my untreated adult ADHD. I choose the brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar glaze & cashew cheese, wakame & cucumber sesame salad, and sesame seed crusted avocado. The brussel sprouts were delicious and comfort foody, a slight pepperiness that nicely offset the creaminess of the “cheese”. The wakame sesame salad was somehow buttery, in the best possible way, it was simple and had bits of chopped red onion which I had never tasted in a seaweed salad– perfect. The sesame crusted sliced avocado on the other hand, well, I accept the blame for that one as it was entirely my choice to order avocado in Germany in October. The idea was simple and nice enough but the avocado itself required a steak knife.
I finished my meal with a bowl (I repeat, A BOWL) of latte made with coconut almond milk. It was massive and delicious and entirely worth exacerbating my adrenal fatigue for.
The bill came out to be just over €20, and I left feeling satiated and energized, a break from the generally heavy and starchy cuisine of the country. I absolutely adored The Bowl and will definitely be returning.