Buddha Republic – Fine Indian-Inspired Cuisine
The best Indian restaurant in town is Buddha Republic on Knesebeckstraße in Charlottenburg, according to my humble opinion. Iranian-born Armand Rez, who spent his childhood at a British boarding school in India and went on to study business management in the UK, has created a live version of “One Thousand and One Nights”, very tastefully and elegantly so. Countless colorful lamps are hanging from the ceiling and of course there is the occasional oriental detail from his birth place. A place of comfort and relaxation.
Whatever is happening in the kitchen, it smells delicious and makes it hard to wait and order. This place’s poster child is an authentic tandoori oven. We were explained that tandoori, contrary to popular belief, is not a spice mix but a 500-year old way of food preparation in said traditional oven. Long skewers of meat, fish and vegetables are sunken into its depths and as a result, get that full, rich flavor.
Cosmopolitan Rez has managed to put together a menu that shows his weakness for not one but all three regional cuisines, the Indian, the oriental and the European. His high standards are reflected in the freshness of the food and the best quality meats he uses to cook. And that is how different types of meat, not usually seen in India, such as Irish lamb, beef steak from Argentina or Japanese Kobe beef end up in this tandoori oven, to lastly be combined with oriental rice and Indian sauces on our plates.
A mixture that works surprisingly well - so well in fact, that we decided to come back the week after that with some more friends. I checked the menu again for more details and read the somewhat odd headline “Tandoori Couture” - which, against all odds, actually sums it up pretty well.