Words by Marvin Maddix
Neni Berlin captures the heart of a true Berliner. This 10th floor restaurant by Chef Haya Molcho is new age with its young and simplistic aesthetic while offering wide range of tastes from Persian, Russian, Arabic, Moroccan, Turkish, Spanish, German and Austrian influences in their dishes.
Neni Is located on the rooftop floor of the 25hours Bikini Berlin and offers outstanding skyline views of Zoological Garden and the city. At night see the city lights and hear the people as they hustle to this busy family friendly eatery or neighbouring Monkey Bar
The Neni philosophy of “Meals are taken at a large table surrounded by the whole family and many friends.” Is what makes the food so great. Portions are small but are all made to be shared, getting your hands stuck in and really enjoying the company your with. Without knowing the Neni story you really won’t appreciate the cuisine to it’s fullest, as dishes such as the Humus are served Mild so all foods are child friendly.
We went for the Best of Neni a set menu at €35 per person, set to offer you what it says on the tin; a selection of signature dishes by this cosmopolitan eatery. “the real essence of NENI, choose Balagan. Sounds weird? Tastes delicious! And is very simple: Innumerable plates with the most tasteful creations will be served in a colourful mixture. Of course this is the most fun if you are at least two people. And the more you are, the bigger the spectacle. Basically this is what Balagan truly means: sympathetic chaos.”
The service here can be improved especially when it gets a bit manic but it doesn’t over shadow the amazing views and in par food offering.