The Altes Europa (old Europe) is a refreshingly simple restaurant amidst the hipsterish surroundings of the Mitte gallery quarter on Gipsstrasse behind Rosenthaler Platz. More resembling a saloon bar with its huge glass windows, wooden flooring and crude wooden tables, it serves unpretentious but deliciously hearty fare with a daily changing menu that focuses on simple dishes like Buletten mit Purree (meatballs with mash, a favourite of mine), pasta dishes and enormous salads.
Altes Europa also offers wines by the glass and Czech beer on tap and have a dedicated smokers room where you can eat, a rarity in Berlin where it’s normally either or. Therefore this is one of the places where my friends that smoke don’t need to step outside and we can continue our conversation over coffee and a cigarette after dinner.
A word of warning though: service can be a bit on the slow side, but they have improved over the last months.