Set amongst the rubble of Kreuzberg's Ritterstrasse is a mediterranean oasis of healthy, sustainable and most importantly delicious food and drink.
The younger sister of the Tel Aviv kitchen Yafo, Shishi serves a variety of Israeli, middle-eastern and mediterranean dishes, with a unique charm and that high standard of service so rare to find in Berlin.
Despite the trendy, vintage deco and bare brick walls, there's none of the uptight attitude that too often goes hand-in-hand with our beloved city's gastronomic culture. The staff are welcoming, friendly and clearly passionate about the dishes on offer. Recommendations come without request, and elaborations on the journey from farm to table leave you feeling informed but not overwhelmed or oversold.
Not to mention, the food is fantastic.
Shishi - is the new mediterranean restaurant in the heart of Kreuzberg, hidden in a beautiful romantic court yard.
We purchase only local farmers products and natural wine from France and Italy. Simple food but with the best ingredients you can have.
We started off with a range of mezze dishes, including a perfectly smooth Msabbaha with bread and olive oil (€8), roasted cauliflower (€10) and the star of the show, their beetroot carpaccio with hazelnut vinaigrette and creme freche (€12).
Due to the local sourcing of ingredients, not all of the mains were available, so we opted for the braised lamb with smoked aubergine and labneh (€18) and the daily special of grilled mackerel fillet served with a red pepper puree and burnt leek (€16).
Both were executed to perfection, with reasonable portion sizes, and presented with attention to detail.
For dessert, we shared the raw milk malabi with rose syrup, a type of apple jam and pistachios (€9). The classic regional flavours were a well received compliment to the main event, but a little on the sweet side for my personal taste.
The venue itself is a little DIY, but with a nice atmosphere. It's situated in a beautiful former industrial (now mostly office) back yard space, similar to those around the media spree area. We can't wait to go in spring and eat on the terrace as it's a wonderful outdoor space, that pairs perfectly with food designed to be shared with good friends and good wine.
Overall we loved Shishi and will be returning for regular refills of their high quality, local ingredients and wonderful oriental flavours.