Exploring a city is like climbing up the highest mountain, you can’t do it at once, you need to study it, step by step, base camp by base camp, every time you go bit further. Over the last few months Heno-Heno has become my base camp when I’m exploring West Berlin underground. It is not extremely close to where I live but I would go – almost – just for the sake of it, afterall I’m already cycling 10km just for a burger, so why not for a udon soup?
The part of the Kantstrasse where this small Japanese restaurant is located is already full of Asian restaurants but nothing like this one. It reminds me of the other well known Japanese soup restaurant Cocolo Ramen in Mitte, both offer seats around the kitchen and you can see the whole cooking process and both serve delicious food. The only difference is that Heno Heno is cheaper and you get a seat without waiting: you come, sit, order, eat, leave, come back if your forgot to pay and leave.
If my stomach is sensible, my ears are too. The music is always good and comes directly from the owner’s playlist, eclectic and pleasant. It is one type of place I really like, located in an ordinary street, but once you enter the restaurant it’s another universe that will put you in good mood whilst enjoying some simple and tasty food. Like a base camp, everything you need to reload and to continue your expedition.