Eierkuchen are flat cakes (German crepes/pancakes) made out of a starch-based batter. Eierkuchen are a staple I feel every country has in some kind of variation. The French have their Crepe, the Americans have their Pancake in Spain they have Tortilla, in Japan Okonomiyaki. It’s truly fascinating how food connects us! Our neighbours Switzerland and Austria call them Plinsen. In northern Germany, we call them Eierkuchen in the southern part they are known as Pfannkuchen. I am from northern Germany Berlin, so Eierkuchen it is!
Eierkuchen is one of my childhood staples. We had them in kindergarten on very few occasions. The way I eat them is traditionally with cinnamon and sugar and apple sauce. Nowadays I put fruits or Nutella on it as well and I even made a crepe cake ones.
This is my mother’s recipe she usually has several pans on the stove and makes several at the same time. This is the Eierkuchen I grew up with it and got in my lunchbox occasionally. It brings bake quite a lot of fond memories. My classmates always used to admire me for my lunchboxes and the same goes for the lunchboxes of my little sister. My mom always spends a great deal of time on making healthy and tasty lunchboxes her kids would enjoy. I think her biggest concern until today is that we would be bored because she herself gets bored with the same dish quickly.
Before returning to Sweden I just had to take up the dinner invitation by Simplé! So my friend Anh and I met in Spandau and were positively surprised by the quality and service waiting there!
Simplé is a new treasure freshly opened last year in 2018. It’s a restaurant you would actually expect to find in the centre of Berlin. But this gem is located in Spandau.
The restaurant values fresh and healthy ingredients and I can verify that first hand! It offers mainly Vietnamese food mixed with Thai influence.
In comparison to other Vietnamese restaurant, where you get lost in the menu card after dish 98, Simplé’s menu card is very clear and cleanly structured.
A funny fact I was told was: names for the dishes are taken from movies! For instance we are having „Heaven can wait“, “The Peanuts“, “Chicken Run“ or “The Legend of Buddha“. I was especially cracking up at the starter we had: “Burrito Battle”!
Aloha ALOE | 3,90 €
Aloe vera nectar with honey and lime juice German: Nektar aus Aloe Vera mit Honig & Limettensaft
Oh it’s been a while since I’ve last drank Aloe Vera juice and this one came at the exact right time! It was so refehshing and had just the right amount of sweetness. The honey and lime juice supported the aloea vera without dominating it. And look at the presentation! What a feast for the eye. Depending on your taste you can take the lime slices and make your drink more sour if you’d like that.
Strawberry to Heaven | 3,90 €
Fresh limes, strawberry, raw sugar and mango spritzer German: Frische Limetten, Erdbeer, Rohzucker und Mangoschorle
This one my friend Anh had and she enjoyed it.
BURRITO BATTLE | 4,50 €
Vietnamese burrito with marinated beef, fresh rocket salad, served with homemade, sweet and sour sauce and peanuts
German: Vietnamesischer Burrito mit mariniertem Rindfleisch, frischem Rucolasalat, serviert mit hausgemachter, süß-sauren Soße und Erdnüssen
I was cracking up when I read the name. Summer rolls have always been summer rolls for me. But if I was trying to explain summer rolls to a Mexican friend I would indeed describe them as Vietnamese burritos haha.
But back to the food: This summer roll burrito was amazing! The beef had the same taste like the popular Vietnamese marinated grilled pork from the dish Bún chả (Vietnamese grilled pork with rice vermicelli)! And with it came a real smokey taste from the grill as well! My friend and me were shocked by the authenticity of the smokey marinated beef!
GLORY DUCK | 11,90 €
Grilled duck on pan-fried vegetables, rounded off with jasmine rice and peanut sauce, flambéed as a highlight with rum
Gegrillte Ente auf pfannengeschwenktem Gemüse, abgerundet mit Jasminreis und Erdnusssoße, als Highlight mit Rum flambiert
This dish was a recommendation from Simple so I trusted them and they did most defnitvely not dissapoint!
If the burritto hasn’t already sold me than the main dishes we had definitivly has. This dish came in a sizzling hot pan and made delicious sizzling sounds. The meat was just as hot as you would expect.
The dish comes with a separate plate of rice, salad and a piece of rice cracker (Bánh tráng nướng). I like how they introduce only a piece of Vietnamese rice cracker into the dish to let people try it since it’s fairly uncommon in Germany.
Furthermore, I enjoyed how they put a modern twist to the duck with peanut sauce by serving it with grilled duck and veggies separated from rice and salad. Everything tasted very fresh and the vibrant colors of everything we ordered was smiling at me.
The only negative thing I have to add is that the rice was dry and more peanut sauce would have been nice. Because by the middle of the dish the duck was drying paired with only rice. Luckily I had my refreshing Aloha Aloe drink. But again – oh boy, the smokiness of the grilled veggies and duck had me swooning! I love it!
SLAMMIN SALMON | 11,90 €
Red organic salmon of the special kind à la Teriyaki with cherry tomatoes, crisp fresh salad and lime dressing
Roter Bio-Lachs der besonderen Art à la Teriyaki mit Cherrytomaten, knackig frischem Salat und Limettendressing
By now you probably took my hint that the smokey taste of the grilled dishes has me all over the place. Of course the salmon dish from my friend was no exception: The salmon was buttery soft on the inside and crispy from the grill on the outside while the smokey taste was running through the whole salmon! Paired with cherry tomatoes and salad you get a fresh adventure through mother nature!
SIMPLE FLAN | 3,20 €
A kind of panna cotta made from coconut milk with strawberry or mango sauce
Eine Art Panna-cotta, aus Kokosmilch mit Erdbeer- oder Mangosoße
This Pana Cotta was on the dense side! After our savoury meal it was a welcoming refresher. And it was still cold when it arrived at our table. The ratio between mango sauce and panna cotta was perfect! Not too sweet nor blend!
CHUOI NEP NUONG | 3,90 €
Sweet baby banana wrapped in grilled sticky rice in banana leaf, served with coconut sauce
Süße Baby-Banane umhüllt von gegrilltem Klebreis im Bananenblatt, serviert mit Kokossoße
Since I’ve had a similar dessert in the morning at Bac Hai Restaurant, I had something to compare to. While this one from Simplé was nice I have to admit that the one from Bac.Hai won the battle though. Head over to my Bac.Hai blogpost to read about this heavenly dessert. This one at Simplé was harder in consitency and was a bit drying. But I believe if I hadn’t had the one in the morning this one would have been my very first banh chuoi nep ever and would have probably been my favourite. Because it was the first one for my friend and she really liked it!
Upon reaching the restaurant the first thing you are greeted with is a lovely decorated small garden infront of the restaurant.
The interior is a fusion between modern bar and wall art with traditionell Vietnamese decorations and carved wooden wall panels. In addition to the two rooms inside, Simple offers an outdoor as well.
The ambience here is great! From the staff to the actual customers: people are happy and enjoying a good time here. I’ve had several other customers coming up to me asking about me taking food photos and striking conversation about how much they enjoyed the food here!
The staff was exceptional nice and attentive. Occasionally coming up, asking if everything was fine and advising us on what we could order!
Watch their video to get an impression on their interior:
I am impressed by the quality you get here. Especially the smokiness of the grilled dishes has fully convinced me. Only the dry rice on that day might need improvement. But this is a restaurant I would even bring my Vietnamese parents to because with its modern twist it still preserves the authentic taste of Vietnamese dishes (like the marinated beef). My parents are very picky and some of their important criteria for grilled meat is: It tastes best piping hot with a smokey taste to it! Both things, Simplé manage to deliver.
Furthermore, I want to see the restaurant by daylight with the garden highlighted by the sun! So I have another reason to come here.
A reminder: As of now, you cannot pay with card yet. But come for the smoking hot food!
Holy guacamole I am shaken by how much I like this place guys!! From my order all the way to the interior☺! This was the best start into Saturday.
I ordered a Smoking drink,which looks freaking bomb.com and my new favourite cake: Chuối nếp nướng (vietnamese grilled banana sticky rice)! Man. I can’t stop raving about this place. But let’s start with the banana sticky cake:
Chuối nếp nướng (4,00€)
Banana sticky rice cake with coconut sauce and berries
I’ve never had vietnamese banana cake like this before and I am glad to have made its acquaintance hehe. The cake is made out of sticky rice (Xôi) and served warm. The consistency was spot on like Xoi should be: chewy, firm but still soft. And then you’ve got this moutheatering banana taste. And I am telling you, that banana is totally making out with the coconut milk and forming this beautiful already perfect fusion! To add some spice to this foodporn you take a spoonful of berries and peanuts for an even better experience. And the three of them form this beautiful mouthwatering relationship.
Man, I am still vividly dreaming about this cake while sitting on this review. This hot stuff is just too good.
Guys, get yourself this banana cake! I promise you won’t regret it ☺ I’ll continue raving about this place in my next post, but this baby deserved a post on its own.
As I mentioned in my previous post I am amazed by this place!
To my new favourite cake Banh chou (last post) I ordered the O’Luan smokey drink . Its listed under the “smoking homemades”, which are drinks served with dry ice to get this nice smokey effect you can see on the picture! It was the initial reason I went here.
Everything about this drink was a dream! It’s filled with all of the ingredients I enjoy. Can anyone actualy say no to aloe vera and lychee juice? And then it had a nice amount of basil seeds making the drink even fresher and giving it a nice change of texture. Paired with occasionell blueberries at the bottom that would pop up in your mouth and the beetroot on top it added to texture and flavour. And then we have the nice presentation of the drink alone and then paired with the smoking dry ice it makes the perfect drink!
Since I dropped by when they just opened there weren’t any other guest yet and I had all of this tasteful and eyeful experience to myself 😍 and I enjoyed every minute. The waiter was super nice and even offered me to refill the dry ice so I could take another picture because everything went by so fast I didn’t get my perfect shot. Totally worth it cause I love how the photo turned out!
I mean apart from my order I don’t even know what my most favourite thing about this pic allone is! Look at the interior! The color scheme! The vietnamese sentence and its meaning: A family meal (sounds better in vietnamese).
At this point I cannot even decide whether I like the drink or the cake more that I ordered. I seriously wasn’t expecting to love both so much! I came her without any expectations and got so much more! I highly recommend the two things I got here!
Before heading back to Sweden Stephie and me took up the invitation by Ryu to check out there food. We had a pretty good time.
Ryu is a family-run restaurant serving mainly Vietnamese food but ultimately fusing asian cuines together with a modern twist.
Its name “Ryu” is Japanese and translates to dragon. Interestingly, the name was inspired by their son, who was born in the lunar year of the golden dragon. In south-east asian culture that brings luck and heavenly assistance.
If you visit the Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain Berlin, consider dropping by at Ryu if you are looking for south-east asian food with a modern interpretation.
As a Vietnamese myself I rarely –if ever, set high expectations when eating Vietnamese food outside. Traditional flavors are sometimes heavily adapted to suit German’s taste and while not bad, it is an adapted flavor nonetheless. Nowadays with new and younger Vietnamese restaurants popping up in Berlin that is slightly changing though.
RYU sets itself apart from the common standard and has convinced my inner Vietnamese. Like the restaurant Creasion, it belongs to the modern Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin. Everything we had tasted familiar but the dishes had a modern twist to them (more details later). It was like an exciting combination of a modern interpreation of traditioinal food that took different european and southeast asian flavours into account.
Ryu’s menu is clearly divided into starters, mains and drinks on one menu page. Their food selection offers a diverse combination of ingredients and our order was prepared and served with great attention to detail. My eyes were pleasingly surprised by the food presentation here.
Good to know is, that all types of meat can be replaced with tofu, so that the whole card is adapted to vegans.
Although the prices are certainly not quite as cheap as other Asian restaurants in Berlin it shows in the quality. We went there at 13:00. That’s one hour after opening. My mom usualy warns me about going to Vietnamese restaurants early because often the old ingredients from the previous day are used. So food is mostly fresher in the evening. While that might be true for other restaurants (and I kinda understand why), Ryu does certainly understand that customers coming here are paying for quality and not “Chinapfanne (fried egg noddles)” and “Fried Rice”. The food we had was delicious and original and certainly not old.
Passion Berry (4,20 €)
Blueberries with passion fruit juice and peppermint
I had this refreshing berry drink that is nicely served in this glass jar. It was a tad bit too sweet for me. I was hoping the sour berries would balance out the passion fruit’s sweetness. In hindsight blueberries are not sour to begin with though and I should have asked for additional water instead.
Tra Hung (3,00 €)
My friend Stephie was not feeling the best these days so she opted for a tea. I love that it is served in this bowl with a spoon rather than a small cup. Looks like herbal soup!
Mr Crunchy (5,50 €)
Crispy Shrimps coated with green sticky rice, served with a pineapple- tamarind chutney.
This one Stephie and I agreed, was too oily. We could faintly taste the shrimp so the sweet chutney was what gave this dish its taste. The green sticky rice, however, gave it a nice crispy coating! Now that is impressive to note, because keeping fried things from getting soggy is a challenge and sticky rice doesn’t always do the trick. So thumbs up for that, Ryu!
Bang Bang Waffle (5,90 €)
Spinach waffle with crispy chicken patties, coleslaw, fresh salad and chilli mayonaise
Now this aesthetically pleasing beauty is my personal favorite here! I love the taste of the combination between the spinach waffle and the sweet salad! Only the chicken patty didn’t have any particular taste to it. And only later did we discover that another waffle was hidden under the coleslaw. By that time the waffle was soggy and soft unfortunately but tastewise it was still pretty good. I would order it again!
Salmon on Fire (12,50 €)
Grilled salmon with homemade Kimchi, fresh ginger and sprouts with a soy-chilli-sauce
This salmon was particularly tasty. It din’t have the smokey taste from the grill but it was buttery and so soft! Stephie prefer’s tuna, but I would chose salmon over tuna any day! Are you on team salon or tuna?
The “Salmon on fire” is a balanced combination between a buttery salmon with rice paired with a tasty sweet sauce. It is served with kimchi and ginger and sprouts which gives it an additional nice sour and spicy kick. I was espcially positivly surprised by the ginger and sprouts that (just like the kimchi) added a sweet and sour taste.
Udon Beef (11,90 €)
Grilled Entrecote stripes on fried udon noodles with park choi and brocoli seasoned with a slightly sweet soy sauce, chilli, roasted onions and fresh coriander.
Stephie had her first Udon experience here and she likes it! I tried some of her meat which was tender and easy to chew.
Unfortunately I had to leave for another urgent appointment so I didn’t have time to try there dessert :(. But be informed that they offer Pannacotta (4,20 €) as a dessert!
You just gotta love that tree in the middle of the room that is given the whole restaurant a warm realxing autumn vibe and serves a definite eye catcher! 🙂
The tree, the wood and moss elements give the guest a really cozy and inviting feeling.
The small restaurant can accommodate 45 people. The decor is nostalgic and based on the elements fire and earth.
The service is fast, friendly and attentive.
RYU is a jewel in Boxi. If you visit the popular area in Berlin I urge you not to miss the spinach waffles. It’s an excellent and very creative starter!
The restaurant is spacious but also a great location with incredibly nice and helpful staff members.
It’s a good adress for modern asian food around Boxi!