Small, but powerful, this cosy little place is literally a recovery oasis after a unit of extreme shopping in my favorite neighborhood “Schanze”. Hofküche (Court kitchen) is located in a backyard next to “Wohngeschwister”, it’s a large living room (furniture, decoration and accessories) in the former Steinway Piano factory with direct access to the court kitchen.
The ambiance during the day reminds me of the French Provence and there are standards such as focaccias, salads, pesto dishes and homemade cakes from the ‘chefin’ herself (she is from Innsbruck) to die for, such as a constantly changing weekly lunch menu at very moderate prices. Under good weather conditions you can also enjoy your visit outside!
Then, at least once a month the court kitchen, led by Isidro (Argentinian – the boss) and Andrés the cook (Ecuadorian) is transformed into a gluttonous cave of culinary pleasures. There’s always a suggested menu (approx. € 19.50 – € 22), which you can split depending on your hunger and desire to experiment.
According to experts, Andrés makes the best ceviche (cold fish soup) in Central Europe and in his South-American culture it is highly recognized as natural sexual enhancer. Andrés is an experimental cook and even came to the name: the ceviche chef of the President, whom he has cooked for in Berlin.
The farewell dinner feast is to be scheduled for January. Latest news, they’re planning to expand, which means they will relocate in the same neighborhood and hopefully keep up the tradition of the latino feast…